DCAU #238: As the Twig is Bent

IN THIS ONE... Tim Drake's story before he became Robin.

CREDITS: Written by Hillary J. Bader; art by Bo Hampton and Terry Beatty.

REVIEW: Have they already expended the "lost years" that they're already using material from the show itself? I mean, we see how Tim Drake got his hand on a batarang, how he practiced with it, and his relationship with his father, one of Two-Face's henchmen (which was much discussed in Tim's introductory episode). By page 11, we're rehashing "Sins of the Father" wholesale. Despite some added lines - and in particular, Tim's attachment to that one batarang - it really feels like we're only getting half an issue.

So let's talk about that half-issue, because it really does fill out Tim's character, how he's a good kid whose role model is Batman, a hero he desperately wants the father he loves to be more like. In his spare time, he fights injustice on the school bully level, and resists his father's bleak world view. Shifty Drake is a good dad, but he's largely given up on life. He doesn't think he has a choice, and that neither has his son. But maybe, just maybe, he allows for it. These pages are full of Tim's resilience and self-reliance, and you better understand why he should become the next Robin than what was afforded in "Sins of the Father". But is it enough?
REREADABILITY: Medium-Low - It isn't that it's not well told, it's that for the most part, the DCAU has already told it.

3 comments:

LiamKav said...

I do wonder why they didn't just go and call the new Robin "Jason Todd" rather than Tim Drake. Was it a DC mandate to keep all their media aligned? The character has way more in common with Jason than Tim (which isn't necessarily a complaint. While comic Tim Drake is great, I think you can get good mileage out of doing an adaption of Jason Todd's story.)

Siskoid said...

At the time, the choice was between the character fans hated so much, they phoned in to kill him, or the new kid who was helming his own series. I wouldn't have needed a mandate, personally.

LiamKav said...

I get that, but then why make the kid's origin so much more like Jason's than Tim's? Did they think that "good kid who works out who Batman is and then decides to become Robin in order to keep the Dark Knight balanced" is a hard sell in a 22 minute cartoon?

 

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