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I knew this question would come eventually, and I’ve been dreading it… I love SO many of Tim’s stories that I have no idea how I’ll narrow it down. :) I suppose it depends on what you’re looking for outside of Tim. It also depends on how much cash you have to throw around.
When I first started reading DC, my first purchase was a complete set of the Robin monthly. I buy almost all of my comics on ebay, and I usually pay about $1 per issue. Right now there’s a complete set of Robin comics that are only at about $47 (including shipping—way cheaper than what I spent on my set). If you can afford it, that’s my prime recommendation. You’ll miss pieces of some of the bigger story arcs, but it’s a great set of comics that will introduce you to all the major players in the Bat family.
If you don’t have that kind of cash to throw around and/or don’t live in the US, you’re probably looking to buy trades or digital comics. I’m kind of a single-issue purist, so I don’t really know much about trades. The best I can do is suggest story lines.
A Lonely Place of Dying is of course a good place to start. It tells the story of how Tim comes to be Robin. If you’re somewhat familiar with Tim, though, you might notice that he seems very young and emotional compared to the Tim you know. If you’re looking to buy trades, I do know that if you get this as a trade you can usually get it in combination with A Death in the Family, which is about how Jason stops being Robin. They are both excellent stories and very worth your time and money.
From there Tim goes through a lot of training in the Batman and Detective Comics books before eventually donning the costume. That’s great stuff, too. You get some insight into Tim’s childhood and find out how his mother dies and his father starts to be a bigger part of his life. Unfortunately I have no idea how you’d collect those issues if you’re not looking to buy singles.
Chronologically, this is where the three Robin mini series fit in. I would definitely recommend reading them eventually, but I’m not crazy about them, so you could certainly put them off for a while, which is what I’d suggest.
The next big storyline is Knightfall/Knightquest/Knights End. It’s a great run which partially inspired The Dark Knight Rises. Tim isn’t in the story too heavily, but it’s the storyline that launches his monthly.
Contagion is a great story if you like the emotional component in your comics. There’s a bunch of drama when Tim gets really sick and his family has to help him deal with it.
Next up is Cataclysm/No Man’s Land, which is FANTASTIC storytelling from start to finish. If you’re looking for more Batman than Tim, try this on for size. Again, though, Tim isn’t heavy in the story.
At the moment I can’t think of the other major events that are worth reading. There are some (like Identity Crisis - also fantastic storytelling, but not centered around Tim - or the Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul) which have significant impact on Tim’s character, but probably won’t make much sense if you don’t have a foundation in his personality already. Red Robin is a great series (and drawn by Marcus To, whose Tim is STUNNING), but it’s sort of the culmination of everything that happens to Tim in the later issues of his monthly series. Then there are his team books like Young Justice (which is personally not my favorite and doesn’t really do much for Tim’s character growth) or Teen Titans (which is still waiting to be read, so I can’t really comment) that will give you a sampler of heroes, but probably not a lot of focus on Tim himself.
So, to summarize, I would recommend saving up for and purchasing the full run of Tim’s monthly. It’s a really good series from start to finish; you won’t regret the money spent. From there, start branching out into some of the other storylines that take place in other series, like Contagion or No Man’s Land. A Lonely Place of Dying is very much worth the read, since that’s where Tim starts out.
(That was super long and hopefully answered your question. If not, please let me know and I’ll try to target what you’re looking for more directly. Thanks for the ask!)
i should never think what to draw while I’m in the shower, things like this happen
somebody take my tablet away from me
Rooftop Baseball and the Gotham Selfie Olympics.
2 different versions of a print, haven’t decided which one I’ll be printing, though! May Touch up later.
Edit: I posted the wrong crop…..
Robin (1993-2009) #56
"I was hoping you’d be mature about this. See you around, huh?”
You know, considering that we had to deal with the relationship drama between Tim and Ariana for over 55 issues of this series, plus the minis, this probably should feel like a bit of an anticlimactic ending… but I can’t say I don’t find it relieving.
It’s kinda like a band-aid. Just rip it off.
And the thing is, in reflection, my biggest issue with Ariana is that after issue upon issue of very hateful drama from both her and Tim in this series, and feeling very forced a lot of the times at that, once they’re finally broken off it ends up not mattering almost at all. I think we only see Ariana once or twice after this.
Their relationship didn’t progress Tim’s character much in my opinion so much as it served as fodder for complicating Tim and Steph’s relationship. And, again, while I don’t ship Tim and Steph I like that they have genuine chemistry and you can see how much they help each other mature and grow over the course of their time together, for better or worse. I never questioned why Tim and Steph were together, even when they were fighting or upset. I could understand why they felt the way they did.
I just never got that from Ariana and Tim.
The biggest plot points in this issue deal with Ariana, but before getting into that, I want to point out how much I love the way Barbra and Tim interact. They have a really fun relationship that reminds me of a woman with a much younger brother. They clearly talk a lot, too; Tim is always asking Oracle for help, which you’ll especially see when I get to the Young Justice series. Tim is always very polite, and Barbra never refuses his requests. It’s sweet.
The big issue here is Ariana, though. She ends up going out with some guys from school, and one of them has too much to drink and won’t take no for an answer. She ends up having to hit him in order to get away. Things don’t progress too far physically, but Ariana is understandably really shaken up. This prompts her to dye her hair back to its usual color; she decides that she doesn’t like the person that people see when they see her as a blonde. When Tim admits that he likes her dark hair better, Ariana is really relieved.
Ariana doesn’t tell Tim about the whole thing—she’s embarrassed not only because of what happened, but also because she went out with the guy in the first place. Unfortunately it’s a pretty traumatizing experience for her, so the whole thing ends up having a pretty negative impact on their relationship over time.
did I ever tell you I have a deep hatred for Tim Drake and it’s probably because I read Red Robin before his actual Robin book
don’t read Red Robin first
red robin secret origins!
written by scott lobdell
#dc why d you hate tim so much
Some birds are not meant to be caged.
Favorite Characters: Tim Drake
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Gettin to draw my favorite again Robin tonight.
skatch of timmy~