Fresh Blood

Authors: Bill Willingham and Andersen Gabrych
Artists: Damion Scott, Alé Garza and Jesse Delperdang
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84576 200 2
Available 23 December 2005

After the traumatic events of
Batman: War Games, two of Gotham's youngest heroes - Robin and Batgirl - relocate to Bludhaven, where they must pick up the pieces of their lives and start anew. But before they can get fully settled in, they discover they have new threats to face, including Nightwing's enemy Shirke and their old friend the Penguin. In order to save the day, the two heroes realise there's only one thing they can do: battle each other to the death...

Fresh Blood takes up the story where the third instalment of Batman: War Games left off. Having said that, it is by no means essential that you have read War Games, but if you have, it helps to flesh out the back story.

Robin has decided to move to Bludhaven, but Batman sends Batgirl to keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn't get out of his depth. It's not long before Robin is in deep water, as he is hunted down and attacked.

And, when one of Batman's old foes comes to Bludhaven, he soon sets in motion a plot to trap both the Boy Wonder and Batgirl. Then he sets them on one another in a fight to the death.

This collection includes stories that were originally printed in Robin #132 and #133, and Batgirl #58 and #59. The art work and scripts are both outstanding. While the actually story is a little clichéd in places, this doesn't detract from what is an entertaining read.

There's also some sexual tension between Batgirl and Robin - made even more amusing by the fact that Batgirl can read Robin's body language. This makes it impossible for Robin to lie to her about his feelings.

Definitely one to add your collection.

Pete Boomer

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