Batman And Robin And… Howard? DC Comics Announce Its Latest Middle-Grade Graphic Novel

by Olly MacNamee

It’s Damian Wayne’s time to shine in Batman and Robin and Howard, a new middle grade graphic novel announced today by DC Comics.

Written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown (the Jedi Academy series, Darth Vader and Son series), Batman and Robin and Howard is described as “a hilarious, heartwarming tale that follows a young Damian as he starts a new school after being sidelined by his superhero dad — Bruce Wayne, a.k.a Batman.”

“Damian must navigate being the new kid while also learning how to be a regular kid as he attempts to make friends at Gotham Metro Academy. From the classroom to the soccer field, Damian is certain his new surroundings have nothing to teach him — so he is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard, the smartest and most athletic kid in school.”

Brown fleshed this duck-out-of-water premise further with some thoughts behind this new story:

“It was really exciting to have a chance to make a book with Batman — a character I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different versions of — but it turned out what I enjoyed even more was writing a story that showed Robin’s character, beyond the sidekick surface. I wanted to take these superheroes out of their element a little, show how they might struggle in the real world like the rest of us — or maybe show how the rest of us can have a heroic side, too. And when Robin meets Howard, I thought readers might see that a friendly rivalry can be better than a rivalry, but sometimes just being friends is the best.”

Batman and Robin and Howard will be out November 9rd, 2021.  

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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