Appearing in "A Lonely Place of Dying (Part V) - Rebirth"
Synopsis for "A Lonely Place of Dying (Part V) - Rebirth"
Tim Drake and Alfred Pennyworth, desperate to help Batman and Nightwing - who have gone missing while on a mission - decide that Tim should don the costume of Robin and help them. As Tim and Alfred drive to the scene, Tim explains that while he never wanted the role of Robin for himself, since Dick refused to return to the role, he will take it up.
Meanwhile, Two-Face wonders whether the voice that has been directing him to kill Batman is coming from within or without. Despite the voice's urging, Two-Face insists on flipping his coin, and decides to detonate his explosives at 2AM. Just as he activates the detonator, Tim arrives dressed as Robin, and warns that he'll make Two-Face pay if Batman or Nightwing are dead.
Tim is inexperienced, and Two-Face wastes little time in beating him down. A horrified Alfred intervenes, wishing for no more death. Fortunately, the distraction proves enough opportunity for Tim to get up and deliver a knock-out punch. While two-face is down, Alfred helps Tim down the building's coal-chute, hoping to find Batman and Nightwing below.
Batman and Nightwing are pinned beneath the crossbeams, but Tim can't move them without clearing the rubble away. After some effort, he finally frees his idols, but Batman immediately removes Tim's mask, angrily stating that there is no more Robin. Batman is even further surprised and indignant to find that Tim knows his secret identity. Despite Alfred's support, Batman states that after one boy had died in the suit, he wouldn't take the risk a third time. Tim explains that while Batman is now a symbol, so too is Robin. Batman is more concerned with tracking Two-Face, which Tim helps with, having placed a tracking device on him during their fight. Batman agrees to let Tim join them, and discuss his future later.
They track Two-Face to a junkyard where Tim's life is immediately in peril, but he escapes using his wits, to Batman's relief. The three soon defeat their enemy, reminding him that neither Batman, nor Nightwing, nor even Robin can be killed. Afterwards, at the Manor, the heroes discuss the future of Robin, and while Bruce is disapproving, he comes to realize the need for a partner. He at least promises to try Tim out.
Elsewhere, the voice that had been controlling Two-Face reveals that it was actually the Joker all the time - and not Harvey Dent's subconscious - controlling everything from his hospital bed.
- This issue is reprinted in the Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying and Batman: A Death in the Family trade paperbacks.
- This issue marks the first appearance of Tim Drake in the role of Robin.
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|A Lonely Place of Dying|
|Part 1: Batman #440||Part 2: New Titans #60||Part 3: Batman #441||Part 4: New Titans #61||Part 5: Batman #442|