This was one of the first series I read (right after Teen Titans: Year One back in like 2010), so I had a feeling of nostalgia while reading this.
Starting with Alfred’s narration of the story, I loved seeing the partnership between Dick and Bruce from Alfred’s point of view. The ease and comfort between the man and the boy were smooth and realistic, and it was exactly what I like to read about the relationship between the two.
I also love the banter between Dick and Alfred and Bruce and Alfred:
This series was also I believe the only time I have read a comic with the Mad Hatter, and I think it was a great choice for the introduction of Robin before moving on to more serious villains like Two-Face. The moral dilemma of having Dick, a child, as Batman’s sidekick is definitely more of an issue today than it was when Dick was introduced in 1940, and I think that was the perfect plot to address in the latter half of the series.
I think it was a great learning experience for both Bruce and Dick while their partnership was still somewhat new, and I can only imagine how this incident would shape Dick’s perception as he grows into Nightwing.
Overall, I really enjoy this series (both for the story and the nostalgia), and I am so glad we got to do this for our first discussion, and on Dick’s 80th anniversary! I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!
There is so much more I could discuss, but I would like to leave stuff for you guys to bring up.