Robin ongoing 2005 (issues 132-143)

Robin 132

Cover Date: January 2005
Subtitle: Fresh Blood part one: Too Many Ghosts
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Damion Scott
Storyline: As Bludhaven crime bosses met to determine the new overboss, Blockbuster crashed their party. At Stephanie's funeral - Tim's third in as many days (his father, Darla Aquista) - he told Bruce he was more determined to be Robin than ever. He planned to go to Bludhaven with his stepmother, while she received therapy. Within two weeks, he was scouting out his new land. He set up a guy into a crime family so he would have an "in." He and Alfred worked on his new headquarters. Robin told him he had heard Blockbuster was still alive. Later that week, he had a run-in with Shrike. As he beat the current Boy Wonder, he offered to let him go if he promised to send Nightwing back to Bludhaven. As he was about to deal the final blow, Batgirl arrived.
[continued in Batgirl 58]


Robin 133

Cover Date: February 2005
Subtitle: Fresh Blood part three: the Auction
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Damion Scott
Storyline: [continued from Batgirl 58]
Blockbuster loomed over Batgirl and Robin. Penguin stepped out from behind the stuffed carcass. Cobblepot had set up shop in Bludhaven to get away from the "bat freaks" in Gotham after the recent gang war. He admitted to sending Shrike after them. After a fight, Penguin had the place gassed and captured them. A bidding war broke out over who got to unmask them. When the winner needed time to get to the scene, bidding broke out on which of the two would win in a fight.
[continued in Batgirl 59]


Robin 134

Cover Date: March 2005
Subtitle: Always Starting Over
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Sandra Hope
Storyline: Tim visited Dana. She had lapses and momentarily forgot Stephanie and Jack were dead. After, he went to the cave and gave an update to Bruce. Bruce told him that since Dana had never officially adopted him, it would be up to the courts. Bruce asked Tim if he could adopt him. He told Bruce he'd have to think about it. Tim started school in Bludhaven the next day. There was much interest in him, being one of the kids that survived "Alamo High" in the gang war. He rejected all the attention and went about his business. At the reading of his father's will, Tim learned he had an uncle. It was his father's wishes that he raise Tim. Back in Bludhaven, Robin took down a street gang. Before he called it a night, he was taken down by a flurry of arrows.


Robin 135

Cover Date: April 2005
Subtitle: Arrows of the Sun
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Sandra Hope
Storyline: Robin survived the arrow attack - his armor saved him. He avoided more of the assassin's shots before getting to her. She called herself the 'Rising Sun Archer.' She escaped, leaving him with an arrow stuck through his left forearm. He was able to stick a bug on her and began a trace. As he followed her, he was attacked by the "Dark Rider." Alfred visited Tim's stepmother; Penguin met with some of his associates.


Robin 136

Cover Date: May 2005
Subtitle:
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Pop Mhan, Sandra Hope
Storyline: Penguin met with one of his hired assassins, she'd failed to kill Robin. An energy-emitting man on a flying ghost horse attacked the Boy Wonder. Robin was able to get the horse apparition away so that he could fight the man one-on-one. As morning hit, the Dark Rider (he said he took the name after killing the original) faded into a normal man. Bruce and Alfred talked about Tim in the cave. Alfred visited him a few days later to announce they'd found his uncle Edward. He soon arrived in Gotham City.


Robin 137

Cover Date: June 2005
Subtitle: A Gift from a Friend
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Guiseppe Camuncolo, Sandra Hope
Storyline: Robin defeated the Dark Rider again and left him for the police. Tim's uncle (and now legal guardian) signed him out of school, saying he would be home-schooled from now on. That night, Robin tracked the location of the Rising Sun Archer in order to stake her out. When he arrived at her apartment, she was bound and gagged. A note was left on her to Robin. He got the goods from her: Penguin had a contract out on him and Batgirl. Johnny Warlock got the lowdown on Robin - Black Mask had killed her, but a new guy was in the costume. Aquista asked him to bring his daughter back from the dead. Using her father's life, Warlock's parasite brought her back.


Robin 138

Cover Date: July 2005
Subtitle: The Freelance Doctrine
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Damion Scott, Sandra Hope
Storyline: Robin captured Penguin in attempt to make him talk. Penguin told him the open contract got assassins on his jobs better because he didn't have to keep them on payroll unless they scored. Robin vanished when his men arrived to rescue him. Robin's "benefactor" - the man who'd giftwrapped the Rising Sun Archer for him - made his presence known. Darla Acquista boarded a plane and made it back to the US. Bruce Wayne visited Eddie Drake. "Drake" was spooked to learn that Wayne knew everything about him (he was an out-of-work actor playing the part of the long lost uncle). Batman confronted Tim in the cave.


Robin 139

Cover Date: August 2005
Subtitle: Meaner than a Junkyard Dog
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Storyline: Batman congratulated Tim on his efforts to fool the world into thinking he had an uncle. He agreed to outfit Tim's hideout with anything he needed. Robin told Batman about The Veteran, who he'd met recently; Batman blew him off as a folk tale and showed him evidence. In Bludhaven, the police found a note with a dead body saying the killings would stop when Batgirl and Robin were delivered. Robin met with a cop and got instructions on where to meet the so-called "Junkyard dog." He met a dog, who had a note to follow him. He met Junkyard Dog, who appeared to be a beast-man. With help from his new friends, Robin took him and his pack of wild dogs down. The Veteran confided in Robin that he wanted to recruit the boy. Batman warned Alfred about getting too close to Tim's stepmother.


Robin 140

Cover Date: September 2005
Subtitle: Veteran Affairs
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Storyline: As Robin rode off with the Veteran's people, the girl who was once Darla Aquista attacked one of Tim's friends. Robin asked the Veteran and his crew why they'd not recruited Batman or Nightwing - Batman was a great leader, but could not follow. They refused to answer about Nightwing. He told them he'd consider and took their invitation to a sparring match. He defeated two operatives. Tim told Batman he was considering the offer. Batman opened investigation files on the Veteran and his men. Darla, now calling herself Laura Fell, spoke with Bernard. She was waiting with "Uncle Eddie" when Tim got home.


Robin 141

Cover Date: October 2005
Subtitle: Good Girls don't Die
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Storyline: Tim and his back-from-the-dead friend Darla went for a walk. She told him all about Johnny Warlock and how he'd brought her back to kill Robin. Tim told her he could get her evidence that there was more than one Robin. He called Superboy in for help. He showed "Laura" several pictures from Robin sightings, citing a female and different body types on the males. He showed her a website where Robin was thought to frequent and set up a meeting. While waiting on the boy wonder, Tim tried to get through to Laura's morals. Superboy showed up in the Robin outfit; Darla blasted him and was content that he was dead. Later, Robin made sure Superboy was ok and visited with Laura again (in Tim clothes). The Veteran's base was breached and the captured metahumans were missing. No one had any information - only that the breach had come from outside. Editor's note: this takes place before Teen Titans #24


Robin 142

Cover Date: November 2005
Subtitle: Officer Candidate
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Storyline: Robin prepared for his first mission with the Veteran and his team. As they neared the jump point, Robin learned the Veteran was invulnerable. The base where they landed was deserted. It appeared they'd been taken just like the previous metahuman breakout. They found some unhatched demon eggs - terrorists had enlisted a demon to spawn for them; they also found some recently hatched eggs. The camp was surrounded. They herded the demons in so none could escape and killed them all. They also found the mother demon and destroyed it. Robin told the Veteran he'd have to talk it over with Batman before making a decision on joining the team.


Robin 143

Cover Date: December 2005
Subtitle: Rock the Haven
Writer(s): Bill Willingham
Artists(s): Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Storyline: Johnny Warlock collected Laura as OMACs attacked Bludhaven. As they battled it out with the OMACs, the Veteran's team (including Robin) parachuted in. When Warlock saw Robin - the same one that had destroyed him - he attacked Laura. The team realized after killing some of the OMACs that they reverted to human form. Elsewhere, Tarantula was attacked by the OMACs. All of the sudden, they reverted to human form and began falling from the sky. Robin, using his "powers" defeated Johnny Warlock again. He called in Ragman and Nightshade, who took Warlock away.


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