Okay, I'm just going to come right out and say it, I haven't REALLY enjoyed a single #0 issue from DC yet. I mean some of them have been okay, but I don't see why we're getting them... Why interrupt the flow of what ever story is going on for an origin? Why not just do an annual? Wouldn't an annual be the ideal way to handle origins in the New 52 DCU? Plus you could jack up the price and add a few extra pages... Well, that's my thoughts on the zero issues thus far, now I get to review one. Yay...
Summary: So this story takes place a vague, "Few Years Ago..." So it's not five years ago, in case anybody was wondering. We meet Dick Grayson fooling around in a train yard with Raymond(who becomes Saiko, I think?), which leads to a security guard almost getting flattened by the train. Dick saves the guard, but ends up being grounded by his parents for his train yard shenanigans. After Dick's grounding, we learn that it's his mother's birthday, and Dick gives her a bracelet with robins on it because she loves robins... Ugh... Anyway, later on that evening, the Flying Graysons get killed in the trapeze accident, and Dick ends up with Bruce Wayne, who offers to take Dick in since he was a material witness to Tony Zucco threatening old man Haly(which actually works for me). Dick begins sneaking out of Wayne Manor at night to fight crime(because, why not?) and comes across the Batman, who he immediately recognizes as Bruce... Now THAT doesn't work for me... Dick doesn't say anything to Bruce, and while Bruce suspects that Dick knows, he doesn't say anything to Dick. After meeting up a few more times on the streets, Batman takes Dick to the Batcave and Dick calls him "Mr. Wayne," ending the weird game the two were playing. From there, Bats allows Dick to train with him and follow his exploits on the computer, but doesn't let him go out to fight crime with him. At least until Lady Shiva comes to town. Shiva and Bats fight, and Bats ends up poisoned, so Dick dons the Robin outfit he had secretly cobbled together from Batman's scraps(he's the world's greatest detective, ladies and gentlemen!!!), and rushes out to help. In actuality, he gets beaten up by Shiva as well, but she decides to spare the two of them since she liked the way Dick fought or something. After getting up, Bruce isn't pleased with Dick putting himself in harm's way, and the two return to the cave.
Thoughts: Eh. This was a bastardized version of Dick's origin as Robin... What's there to really say here? Personally, I liked the original telling of Dick's origin more, because Bats looked way more competent. In this telling, Dick discovers Bruce is Batman, Bruce doesn't tell him. Dick designs his own costume, and he names himself. AND he goes out on his first mission when he wants, not when Bruce decides he's ready... Bats really had little to no role in any of this. I guess Bats was pretty inexperienced at the whole super-hero thing himself back then, but he didn't come across particularly well here. However, I did like the way Dick ended up with Bruce Wayne. So there's that. Oh yeah, and Dick's Robin outfit was horrible.
Score: 6 1/2 out of 10.
Okay, what is up with that costume!? I mean where do the pants end and the shirt begin? Or is it just one piece? And if so, how do you put it on?! Besides that, what's with those weird little knee pad things and the arrow pointing at Dick's crotch?!?