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Robin No. 170

Published by DC Comics. Story by Chuck Dixon. Pencils by Chris Batista.

The Deal: You know Robin. He's Batman's boy sidekick -- the one who wears the short pants. Well, he used to wear short pants. These days, he's covered from head to toe ... which is smart in his line of work. Robin is also the star of his own long-running series. But lately, that series has kind of sucked ass. So, with this issue, the creative geniuses at DC brought back the guy who started the Robin solo series way back in the day: Chuck Dixon.

The Good: I've used this column to preach the gospel of Chuck Dixon before, so it should come as no surprise that I liked this issue. And it's not that Dixon has done anything to recreate the "comic wheel," so to speak; he just told an engrossing story, nailed the characterization and got the ball moving on a ton of other subplots and story points. The dude is good at what he does. As usual, Dixon's writing style is easy, fast-paced and incredibly accessible for a comic that's been going for 170 issues. Regarding the art, Chris Batista has crafted some pages that -- while not ultra-stylized or anything like that -- are attractive, energetic and structurally sound. I wasn't really a big fan of Batista's work on 52, but, focusing only on a few characters instead of the entire DC Universe (as he did in 52), it works well in this book.

The Bad: This book won't win over any readers who just hate Robin. This isn't by any stretch of the imagination a "crossover" book. But that's not exactly a bad thing.

The Verdict: Now that Dixon is back on the book, I'll be sure to pick it up for the foreseeable future.

Reviewed materials furnished by Heroes Aren't Hard To Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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