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"A Death in the Family - Chapter 5 (Robin Lives!)": After the explosion, Batman searches among the ashes and rubble of the warehouse where Robin was supposed to be along with his real mother [[Sheila Haywood (Robin Lives!)|Sheila Haywo

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From the DC Vault: Batman #428: Robin Lives! is a one-shot with a cover date of February, 2024. It was published on December 12, 2023.

Synopsis for "A Death in the Family - Chapter 5 (Robin Lives!)"

After the explosion, Batman searches among the ashes and rubble of the warehouse where Robin was supposed to be along with his real mother Sheila Haywood. Batman has arrived too late to prevent the bomb from exploding and now the only thing he has left is hope.

Batman remembers how he met Jason when the kid was trying to steal the wheels of the Batmobile, and almost managed to if not for Batman's arrival. After learning that Jason was an orphan, Batman took him in and revealed all his secrets to him, hoping to replace Dick Grayson as the new Robin. Batman trained him, and soon they were fighting crime as the Dynamic Duo; but Bruce noticed a difference between Dick and Jason.

While Dick was very talented and natural when fighting crime, Jason was full of repressed anger and he had a rebellious nature. Jason's attitude would put him and Batman in danger on many occasions, leading to Batman placing him on inactive duty. During this time, Jason found evidence that his real mother was still alive and so, Batman and Jason traveled to Ethiopia to find her.

After searching for a while, Batman finds Sheila near to death. She tells Batman what happened with the Joker and before dying, she regrets her actions but is proud of Jason. She dies in Batman's arms and the Dark Knight keeps searching for Jason. Moments later, Batman finds Jason lying on the ground and after taking his pulse, he realizes that Jason is alive. Batman holds Jason in his arms and exclaims with joy that he is still alive before carrying the boy away and bringing him to a hospital.

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Meanwhile, the Joker makes a deal with the leaders of the Iranian Government.

Bruce takes Sheila's body on his plane back to Gotham City. Before leaving, however, Batman examines the Joker's hideout, but finds only the dead bodies of the Joker's own henchmen and a message written on the wall for the Caped Crusader telling him where to meet him. Back in Gotham, only four people — namely Bruce, Alfred, James Gordon and his daughter Barbara — attend the funeral of Sheila Haywood (Bruce was unable to contact any of Sheila's old friends).

Jason has fallen into a coma, and as Bruce visits him in the hospital, Dick Grayson offers his services to aid Bruce, who rejects, deciding he works best alone. Afterwards, Bruce goes to the Batcave, and looks for the address the Joker left him and it turns out that the clown wants to meet Batman at the United Nations Building in New York City.

Batman is waiting for the Joker to show up when out of nowhere, Superman appears and tries to persuade Batman to leave the place in order to prevent an international incident. Batman doesn't understand Superman and punches him in the face, fortunately only bruising his knuckles. Superman tries to explain better, but at that moment, the Joker arrives and reveals that he is the new ambassador of the Iranian Government to the U.N. and thus, he can't be punished by any of his past crimes due to the diplomatic immunity granted to any ambassador. Batman watches in disbelief as his greatest foe stands in front of him, mocking him after hurting Jason.

Appearing in "A Death in the Family - Chapter 5 (Robin Lives!)"

Featured Characters:

  • Batman (Bruce Wayne) (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)

Supporting Characters:

  • Alfred Pennyworth (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
  • Dick Grayson (First appearance)
  • Robin (Jason Todd) (First appearance) (Flashback and main story) (Origin)
  • Superman (First appearance)


  • The Joker (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
    • Joker's henchmen (Single appearance) (All die)
  • Ayatollah Khomeini (Single appearance)
  • Two-Face (First appearance) (Flashback only)
    • Two Face's Gang (Single appearance) (Flashback only) (Cameo)

Other Characters:

  • Barbara Gordon (Single appearance) (Cameo)
  • Ethiopian Federal Police (Single appearance)
  • Jim Gordon (Single appearance) (Cameo)
  • Dr. Sheila Haywood (First appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
  • Catherine Todd (Mentioned only)
  • God (Mentioned only)
  • MPDC (Mentioned only)
  • United States Government (Mentioned only)
  • Willis Todd (Deceased) (Mentioned only)





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