- Bruce, I want to be very sure you understand what I'm about to say, because I'm not saying it to be a jerk... You've given me a ton of opportunities and you're an amazing role model. There are a lot of things about you that I aspire to. But I don't know that I want to be you. Do you know what I'm saying?
The Big Leagues is a Robin storyline written by Adam Beechen and illustrated by Freddie E. Williams II. It's Beechen's final volume in his Robin run, following his second arc Teenage Wasteland. This is followed by Peter Milligan's two-part crossover to The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul and Chuck Dixon's return in the Violent Tendencies storyline.
Tim Drake plans to spend Father's Day with Batman since his adoption, buying an expensive watch. On the way home to prepare dinner he gets into a huge fight with the Jury, who make him hopelessly late. The watch breaks, but Bruce is grateful for the gesture anyway.
Dodge returns to take revenge on Robin, using funding from a crimelord named Baptiste. He assembles a crew with the super-villains Cheater, Macro, Micro, Skill, Tapeworm and Baptiste's henchman Brutus. They take over a hospital with a force field, demanding the police give them Robin. Meanwhile Tim tries to reconcile with Zoanne, and thinks about joining his school's tennis team. Robin is forced to run a gauntlet through the hospital and he takes out Macro, Micro and Tapeworm. The other villains attempt to execute him, but Dodge insists they are only supposed to give him a beating. He doesn't want Robin dead, only taught a lesson. Dodge teleports his team out of the building, but they hold his family hostage and insist he will help them kill Robin. Tim joins the tennis team, but is dismayed when his new jock friend Craig starts dating Zoanne. Dodge's crew ambush Robin again, but he turns it around by using Zatara as a decoy. Skill reveals herself to be Ravager acting as a spy, and together with Dodge they turn on Cheater and Brutus. Dodge takes the two villains down, but he overcharges his powers and fades away into nothingness. Robin refuses to accept that Dodge is dead, and tells the newspapers Dodge was the real hero.
There's an escape from Arkham Asylum and Robin volunteers to deal with the convicts while Batman is busy. He takes down Lock-Up and Riot Act, although he takes the deaths of their victims more personally than usual. This leads him to become increasingly violent as the night goes on. It's finally revealed that this night is the anniversary of his father's death. Tim swears over his father's grave that he won't use this date as an excuse for violence, and he'll get better to honor his memory more.
- Robin Vol 4 #163 -- Twelve Very Angry Men
- Robin Vol 4 #164 -- Making the Band
- Robin Vol 4 #165 -- The Other Hand
- Robin Vol 4 #166 -- The Big Leagues
- Robin Vol 4 #167 -- The Promise
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