Robin: Search for a Hero

Robin #175

Cover Date: August 2008
Subtitle: Scattered Pieces (Batman RIP tie-in)
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Storyline: Tim thought back on the year he, Dick, and Bruce spent abroad after the Crisis. Bruce went into a cave to die and be reborn. Tim and Dick spent the next 49 days training as both their civilian and masked identities. They took down a slave trader and made a deal with a sheik.
In the present, Robin showed Spoiler one of Batman's casebooks. Believing Batman may have gone crazy, he handed part of the book over to Officer Harper and offered Penguin money if he could find Batman. Spoiler was against all his moves.


Robin #176

Cover Date: September 2008
Subtitle: Gathered Pieces (Batman RIP tie-in)
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Storyline: Robin busted some heads of the Gotham Golden Dragons. Word on the street was one of them had a picture of Batman. Spoiler found it on one's phone, but deleted it. Robin went to Jason Bard, but he'd not heard from Batman in seven weeks. Robin wondered if that had any connection to the time Batman spent in the cave at Nanda Parbat.
He visited Officer Harper, but she could not put anything together with what he'd given her. A member of the Club of Villains attacked him and Spoiler, but he was knocked unconscious as the duo headed to visit Penguin. There, Robin found that Spoiler had deleted the picture. She told him Batman asked her to throw him off the trail - he didn't want Robin involved.
Tim believed their family was breaking up.


Robin #177

Cover Date: October 2008
Subtitle: Search for a Hero Part 1: The Concrete Cauldron
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: Jason Todd took over another gang while someone in the Red Robin costume watched. With Batman gone, Robin felt pressured to be everywhere at once. He found out about Todd and the gangs.
Officer Harper contacted him when she got word that the gangs were going to attack the GCPD. One of the fake Robins (either Todd or the one in the Red costume) stole some money from Penguin. Robin confronted Todd and the two fought. Red Robin intervened, causing Jason to go into a rage. All three escaped when the police arrived and broke up the gang fight.
Spoiler met with an assassin and handed over some money.


Robin #178

Cover Date: November 2008
Subtitle: Search for a Hero Part 2: Life During Wartime
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: Robin broke up a gang fight over a child. Ragman was also there. Detectives Cavallo and Wise took in a gang leader, making a media circus of it. Jason Bard met with Officer Harper.
Red Robin once again intervened in Robin's shakedown of one of the warring gangs. Ragman confirmed that Cavallo and Wise were the killers of the gang leader.
Harper got what she needed from Bard and arrested the two detectives.
Spoiler met with Ulysses - the General.


Robin #179

Cover Date: December 2008
Subtitle: Search for a Hero Part 3: Chaos in a Bottle
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: Robin stopped Scarab, who was firing on a police protest. Armstrong, the General, patched up Stephanie from where he'd shot her. She suckered him and escaped.
Robin went out in the Batmobile. Both Lynx and Scarab were there fighting with the gang-bangers. Spoiler went after Scarab when she began firing real bullets (not rubber). Red Robin called Robin out.


Robin #180

Cover Date: January 2009
Subtitle: Search for a Hero Part 4: Gray Knights
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: Robin fought Red Robin until he had to save some bystanders. He got Spoiler, who he realized was injured, and split in the Batmobile. Alfred looked at her wound (she said Scarab shot her) while he input data into his prediction program.
Later, Robin found Red Robin with Scarab. He took the imposter down and revealed him to be Armstrong - the General. He followed another lead into an abandoned warehouse. Once he got in, he realized it was boobie trapped with C4. The building exploded.


Robin #181

Cover Date: February 2009
Subtitle: Search for a Hero part 5: Pushing Buttons, Pulling Strings
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: Anarky blew up the Iceberg Lounge. Nightwing visited Tim in the cave. Alfred was tending his burns. Gordon was forced to free Cavallo and Wise.
Armstrong spoke with the Lonnie Machin - Anarky - who was hooked up to an iron lung. Now as Anarky, Armstrong continued his quest to make Robin better so that he could be a better villain for him.
Robin, now wearing the Red Robin hood over his own costume, went after Anarky.


Robin #182

Cover Date: March 2009
Subtitle: Search for a Hero Part 6: Lost & Found
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: While Robin and Anarky fought, Spoiler got the gangs to work together to get everyone to safety. Officer Harper, on Robin's request, brought Armstrong's parents to see if they could help. Anarky, looked down and knew he'd lost. Instead of the city falling apart, it was pulling together. Not knowing his brother and sister were in the car, set off one final bomb, killing them.
Robin told Spoiler he still loved her, but to never let him catch her in the costume again. Tim and Alfred bought several failing coffee shops and turned them into community centers where the gang-bangers worked their own "turf."
Tim visited "John Doe" (Jason Todd) in jail and gave him a JLA teleport code - he was giving the former Robin another chance. Officer Harper was promoted to Detective Specialist.


Robin #183

Cover Date: April 2009
Subtitle: Robin Dies at Dawn (also includes Origins and Omens short)
Writer(s): Fabian Nicieza
Artists(s): Freddie Williams II
Storyline: Harper gave Robin a note that had been left with the police. He deciphered it as being from Shiva, who was calling him out.
Back in the cave, Tim showed Jason the message Bruce had left for him. After Todd left, Tim changed the access codes. He called Zoanne and broke up with her. He called Ives just to talk. He called Stephanie to apologize, but she didn't answer. After checking on Harper (who was out on the town with Bard), he went to meet Shiva. After a quick attack, she fell. He'd poisoned her food earlier in the day with a temporary paralyzing agent. Nightwing was there to take her to the police.
Origins and Omens: Robin visited Haiti where the Obeath Man released from prison. After a brief hallucination about his parents, Robin took the monster down.