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I juts got a new piece of original art, and since it's my second piece from the same issue, I thought I'd share it, and the fun story it comes from.

It wasn't until I thought about it that I realised that, aside from one mass purchase of pages, I've only got two instances of owning two pages from the same story, and in both cases, it's Paul Dini writing stories which feature Robin as a hostage (one way or the other). Coincidence? Actually, quite probably, but that's neither here nor there...

Approximately 7 pages from 22 under the cut

We open as Robin (working solo) pursues Harley at the Gotham Zoo.

Hint, there's a clue in that last panel who she means (and it ain't the one with the white skin and green hair.)

Now, I have been fortunate enough to be able to obtain TWO pages from this story, and the following two scans are those pages. I can't believe i was lucky enough to get these two sequential pages. Click on them to be taken through to the line art at my CAF site! :)

I do like Dick's completely twitterpated expression here...

Now I appreciate that at some level this is deeply skeevy, Robin is more or less under the effects of a roofie, and is being led around like he's a dog on a lead, but it's treated more like a fairy story love potion, and that makes it a little less icky to me.

Before our new trio depart, they leave a message for Batman for when he does finally show up...

Subtle, girls, subtle. And Bats is NOT happy.

Batman gets a report of a break in at a jewellery store with the perps sounding a lot like Harley and Ivy, and goes to investigate. When Bud and Lou (the hyena's) fail to distract Batman long enough, Ivy calls in her new pet as a secret weapon. I wish I could inlude the "HY-YAH!" panel as Dick leaps down onto an appalled Batman, it's hilarious, but limits are limits.

Batman and Birdboy tussle...

I have NO idea what martial art is involved in the second panel above, but I imagine few of Bruce's sensei would be proud of him...

As they make their getaway, Ivy trips over the hyena's, and Robin, besotted as he is, instantly abandons the fight to tend to her injury. Harley steps in and with the aid of a smokebomb the three of them scarper, leaving Batman all alone.

Remember that episode of BTAS, where the Joker gets jealous (for the first time ever) and then possessive and deeply angry when the Creeper pays attention to Harley? Yeah, this story predates that, but the emotions are probably quite similar.

Meanwhile Batman breaks the news of the Teen Wonder's defection to the dark side to Commissioner Gordon. Jim notes that they have to find a way to break Ivy's spell....

Uh oh... this bodes ill for our favourite acrobat turned hero..

(This last page cost me a whole page of the page-count, but I felt it was worthwhile, can't think why! ;) ) I love that Robin is (aside from being topless for no real reason at all beyond fanservice) is an adept criminal, he's spent so long studying them he can think like them, and more to the point, better than Harley can!

Cue a cute montage of the new trio engaging in a highly effective crime spree. With Ivy's skills and Robin's brains.. oh and whatsername in tow, they rack up an impressive quantity of loot.

This is frustrating for Bruce, who notes that it's like trying to catch himself, he TRAINED Robin, but as a result, in this instance trained him too well, he doesn't slip up in his plans or make mistakes. Alfred replies that Batman should be proud, he's raised a MASTER criminal.

Harley feels reduced to being a packmule. All she does is drag sacks of loot along, and the sacks are MUCh bigger than they were before the Teen Wonder joined them. Ivy thinks it's all down to Robin's plans

Yeah, you have to remember that Harley does not like playing second fiddle, except to Mr J perhaps. There's a Robin shaped headache in her life and she's got just the cure...


Meanwhile Batman has managed to trace the lair of the threesome (Not threesome in THAT way, honestly, minds out of the gutter people... actually no, keep them there is you like, who am I to judge). He manages to stop Harley from pruning a still discombobulated Robin with a pair of garden shears, but is distracted by Bud ad Lou attacking him on Harley's orders...

He is distracted for long enough to have a shelving unit pushed over onto him, and Harley and Ivy call on a special guest to finish off the Caped Crusader...

(Note that Ivy doesn't know it was Harley who gave him the antidote)

Well that didn't go according to plan.

As H&I are being taken away, Batman asks how Dick managed to resist Ivy the second time... Mercifully we are spared the "Wax lips are immune to your charms" from the "Batman and Robin" movie, but a little more rational approach...

I love Batman's deadpan answer in the first panel.

You just KNOW Bruce is planning on quietly upping Dick's bromide intake after this, Bat-smirk or no Bat-smik.

I should add that it's a relief that there's an absence of anything remotely suggesting that Robin did anything more than give sexy topless foot massages and plan crimes. Anything more... intimate would have been distinctly skeevy. As it is this would have worked just fine as a BTAS episode, and that's a high standard to achieve IMHO.

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