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01 August 2011 @ 12:06 am
Canon Recs & Resources  
With the DCU Universe being spread out over so many titles and, let’s face it, so many decades, trying to keep track of all that canon can be exhausting.

This post is designed to make things a little easier, but it needs your help!

Is there a particular storyline that you think is a defining moment for a character featured in a DCU-Memes prompt post?

Has reading about a specific pairing in a DCU-Memes prompt post got you hungering to see them in action together and you need recommendations on which title to start with?

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DCU Memesdcu_memes on August 8th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Tim's Early Career (Pre-Robin)
Tim Drake's first ongoing solo series had the distinction of being the second-longest running comic book series to feature a teenage character. But before anybody looking to read up on Tim's history dives into that title, I have a few recommendations they should check out first. This isn't a comprehensive list of all his appearances prior to landing his ongoing series, but it does give new fans or older fans wanting to relive Tim's adventures a solid starting ground. Feel free to skip each synopsis if you don't want to be spoiled.

A Lonely Place Of Dying
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Tim's origin story. Which is basically that Tim is a highly adept stalker. He's been following Batman unnoticed for several years and has realised that Bruce has been acting increasingly erratic since Jason's death. Sensing that Bruce is teetering on the edge, he contacts Dick, admitting he knows all about his secret identity and begging him to return to Bruce's side. Bruce and Dick form an uneasy truce, but are captured by Two-Face. Tim dons the Robin costume and, with Alfred's help, performs a shaky rescue.

Rite Of Passage
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Although Tim is now part of the team, he works exclusively from the Batcave and its computers. His parents go missing on one of their many international trips and Bruce discovers they've been kidnapped in Haiti and are being held to ransom. If the kidnappers are not paid, the Drakes will become the focus of a sacrificial ritual. Bruce races to Haiti in hopes of saving them.

A Hero Reborn
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Tim wants to officially become Robin, but Bruce won't allow him to wear the costume, telling him he isn't ready. Bruce goes to patrol alone, but Tim realises he's walking into a trap set by the Scarecrow. Batman is captured and Tim goes to his rescue, although he leaves the Robin costume in the Batcave. He takes down the hired thugs and fights off a dose of fear toxin to disable Scarecrow. Afterwards, Bruce tells him he's finally ready and presents him with a brand new Robin costume (with tights instead of shortpants!)
DCU Memesdcu_memes on August 8th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Tim's Early Career (As Robin)
Robin I
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Bruce tells Tim that to become his partner, Tim must travel the world and gain experience from the great martial arts masters. First stop is Paris, where Tim is enrolled in a school specialising in a specific art of fighting. Tim meets Lynx of the Ghost Dragons, who'll become part of his rogues gallery for quite some time. More worryingly, Tim meets Lady Shiva, who offers to train him to help her take down King Snake, a crime lord.

Robin II
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Tim goes up against the Joker! Although the Joker is initially shocked to be fighting somebody he killed, he eventually realises Tim is a different Robin than Jason and later claims dibs on being the one to murder Tim. Unfortunately, Bruce is out of town, so Tim concocts a plan, with Alfred's help, to fool the Joker into believing Batman is still in Gotham so Joker won't go on a rampage. It doesn't exactly work out the way he planned.

Robin III
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Tim meets Ariana, future love interest, when her family's business is being attacked by thugs. Despite his father telling him to stay home and Bruce telling him to temporarily stay off the streets, Tim sneaks out as Robin to watch over Ariana's home. He ends up facing down KGBeast and the Ghost Dragons until Huntress saves him. He and the Huntress agree to work together. Meanwhile, Tim's father and his school councillors are suspicious about how much time Tim spends at Wayne Manor and the bruises he returns with.


This was a big Gotham-wide event, which launched Tim's ongoing solo title. Although Tim isn't in every issue (and there are a lot of issues involved), it's an iconic Batman event for a reason and it does show how unstable Gotham is when Tim's solo title begins. After releasing the inmates of Arkham Asylum, Bane watches Bruce become more and more exhausted, until he's satisfied that Bruce is close to an emotional breakdown. He attacks Bruce at Wayne Manor and breaks his spine. Bruce hands the mantle of the Bat over to Jean-Paul Valley, aka Azrael, but Jean-Paul soon begins to lose his grip on reality, eventually lashing out and hurting Tim, who is forced to begin working solo. Meanwhile, Tim's father has been kidnapped (again) and Alfred and a still-recovering Bruce set out to rescue him.