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Red Robin #26 - What Goes Around

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The final issue in the popular series and a must read for any Tim Drake fan

The latest and final issue of Red Robin before DC's big revamp hit stores today, and it is a must read for any Tim Drake fan. Spoilers below.

The Good

When you write a series, you have to consider where you want to take a character -- particularly if the character has evolved from one role to another, like Tim Drake went from being Robin to becoming Red Robin. He has evolved, he has matured, so where is he now? At the end of the line, after 26 issues, who is Tim Drake now? Writer Fabian Nicieza captures elements of who Drake is here in the final issue of Red Robin, and not only is it great, but it's a fantastic look at how his mind works. Not only does Nicieza have you at the edge of your seat and hanging on every panel, but there is a legitimate reason for the suspense. Nicieza reveals characteristics of Tim Drake through both his actions and through the things he fails to do. This issue not only captures Tim Drake the crime fighter, but more importantly, Tim Drake the detective. Given the opportunity, would Tim set up Captain Boomerang and kill the man who killed his father?

I couldn't go through with it,...I couldn't let someone else kill him

Without giving much away, I want to point out how much weight this one sentence carries. This implies that Tim might very well kill Boomerang if given the chance. It implies that he himself wants to revel in the ability to take the life of the man who killed his father.

Marcus To is fantastic in this book, and the panels are absolutely gorgeous. The pacing is fantastic, and you can tell Nicieza plotted the book very carefully.

The Bad

Nothing. This is a brilliant Tim Drake story.

The Verdict

You will come away from this book a bit shocked, and I suggest you analyze Drake's actions here and weigh them against Batman's (Bruce) character. We know how they are similar, but in what ways are they the same? Does Drake show tremendous courage in this book, or fear? A fantastic end to a series, and a beautiful issue that leaves an open window for us to ask "what's next?" for Tim.

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so sad this is the final issue
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This was a fantastic ending issue. Which brings to mind the point that DC should be given a lot of credit... Thus far, we've had pretty great endings. 
 
As you said, Sara, this was a brilliant Tim Drake story. It totally plays to the strengths of the character, which, in my opinion, is the fact that he's so much like Bruce, yet still so far away from being him. 
 
His actions here are the perfect way to close the series and it brings everything full circle. If you think back to RR #1, the state of the Bat-family during that time, then this story makes even more of an impact. 
 
It's sad to see Nicieza and To being thrown off the book, and even sadder to think Tim might be relegated to the Titans defacto, boring leader stereotype. We can only hope we get another volume of Tim Drake stories like this one very soon!

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What is going to disappoint me the most once the DCnU kicks off is Dick's costume changing once again. I can understand why they wouldn't want him to appear too much like Batman at this point in his life but just look at this cover and the last panel.....the current Red Robin costume is freakin awesome and visually represents the type of crimefighter Dick is. They should not change this look. Even though the new continuity will have Dick a bit younger (still don't understand how the new continuity will already be on Damian if the heroes have only been around for 4-5 years) and so placing him back on the Teen Titans vice being solo this should be his costume or at least keeping the cape and cowl....I really hate that both he and Robin are going to a feather's look.
 
This has definitely been the best new character solo series in a long time (for awhile it was in a tight race with Power Girl but this last arc nailed it for Dick) and it will be a shame to not have this continue.
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Marcus To is great. But Nicieza... I feel like anyone who loved this issue doesn't know or has forgotten who Tim really is. Just because he's intelligent and calculating doesn't automatically make him a "dark" hero. Tim used to be the kindest, most compassionate member of the bat-family, and he should stay that way. I'm glad he's getting a new start next month!

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@ltbrd said:
What is going to disappoint me the most once the DCnU kicks off is Dick's costume changing once again. I can understand why they wouldn't want him to appear too much like Batman at this point in his life but just look at this cover and the last panel.....the current Red Robin costume is freakin awesome and visually represents the type of crimefighter Dick is. They should not change this look. Even though the new continuity will have Dick a bit younger (still don't understand how the new continuity will already be on Damian if the heroes have only been around for 4-5 years) and so placing him back on the Teen Titans vice being solo this should be his costume or at least keeping the cape and cowl....I really hate that both he and Robin are going to a feather's look. This has definitely been the best new character solo series in a long time (for awhile it was in a tight race with Power Girl but this last arc nailed it for Dick) and it will be a shame to not have this continue.
Red Robin is Tim, not Dick. But you're not wrong, otherwise.
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This was pretty bitter sweet. I'll miss this series, but it was a good finale. Wonder where Marcus To will pop up next?
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@-Vigil- said:
Marcus To is great. But Nicieza... I feel like anyone who loved this issue doesn't know or has forgotten who Tim really is. Just because he's intelligent and calculating doesn't automatically make him a "dark" hero. Tim used to be the kindest, most compassionate member of the bat-family, and he should stay that way. I'm glad he's getting a new start next month!
That's true but you gotta remember that meeting someone that has killed your father gotta hurt a lot. Especially when Captain Boomerang got revived and his father didn't, it makes you do stupid thing. Dick's the same with Tony Zucco.
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@ltbrd said:
What is going to disappoint me the most once the DCnU kicks off is Dick's costume changing once again. I can understand why they wouldn't want him to appear too much like Batman at this point in his life but just look at this cover and the last panel.....the current Red Robin costume is freakin awesome and visually represents the type of crimefighter Dick is. They should not change this look. Even though the new continuity will have Dick a bit younger (still don't understand how the new continuity will already be on Damian if the heroes have only been around for 4-5 years) and so placing him back on the Teen Titans vice being solo this should be his costume or at least keeping the cape and cowl....I really hate that both he and Robin are going to a feather's look. This has definitely been the best new character solo series in a long time (for awhile it was in a tight race with Power Girl but this last arc nailed it for Dick) and it will be a shame to not have this continue.

 
HAHA you obviously haven't ever read Red Robin. Red Robin is Tim, not Dick...
Dick was Red Robin in Kingdom Come, but not ever in real continuity.
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one regret i have for this series is that we dont get another confrontation with Ra's, I would have really liked to see that. and the council of spiders a lot of loose ends I think
 
this series kinda started out rough for me and then it grew better every issue I just wish it was longer, to tie up the loose ends, but the end was nice, it shows how much Tim has changed as a person. No longer the nicest boy you'll meet, but always smart enough to do the right thing at the end. the balance between skill and intelligence that is Red Robin :D 

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This is a must read for EVERYONE. Not just Tim Drake fans. 
 
It's sad that this is going to be his last decent solo story from what I can tell...then they're going to go and put wings on him and throw him back into the 90's in that Teen Titans reboot. :\

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I need to go back and pick up the trades for this. Wanna read from the very beginning. 

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Tim, for me, has always been my favorite robin. i won't get into my problems with this new universe (bruce and damian won't have as good chemistry i think as damian did with dick) but this series i loved from issue one. it really was great how they showed just how smart he is, even to bruce. bruce may be scolding, but you know he's impressed. he's a goddamn genius, had every factor figured out, more than likely if he were more carefree could have let him die, but still chose to be the bigger man and save him. i really don't want any of these stories (no main series bat-book has been bad in the past two years) to dissolve into nothingness with this new universe and hope eventually tim doesn't just stay grouped into a team book and gets his own series back. hopefully with a better, none bird-like cape.

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Just read it and I have to say...it's a little bitter-sweet. If only because it's the last issue until who knows when. We don't even know if he'll get another series during this new 52 relaunch. However, it was an amazing end to an amazing journey for my favorite character. And I gotta say that I was surprised how bitter Tim's character has gotten at times or even how frighteningly calculating he can be. He had his moment to end Capt. Boomerang and decided against it at the last second.  
 
I enjoyed the series and I'm hoping for a new one very soon and hopefully Tim will just as great in the new Teen Titans as he was in his own series. And I'll miss Marcus To's artwork throughout Red Robin. Very awesome! 

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Pretty good finale (at least for now). With sort of a hint at things to come. (last page, Tim thinking about his next step...I guess he's going back to the Titans for a reason!)

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The ending was a little anticlimactic, but still a good read overall.

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The series had its ups and downs, but this is, in my opinion, the best single issue of the series. This was an amazingly well told farewell issue for Tim Drake.

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For all the good of this issue, it is a sober reminder that the writers were left with precious little time to tell the stories they want to tell.  And, like many Batbooks, they leave it as "some cool stuff might be happening in the future", which would be cool if we didn't know they were switching things around as an editorial edict. 
 
 This book is both a work of art, and a tombstone to a great series.  The optionality of the tombstone, though, hurts.