"The Ugly Truth"
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Robin #60
December 2, 1998
Written by Chuck Dixon
Cover by Rick Burchett
Pencilled by Staz Johnson
Inked by Stan Woch
Colored by Adrienne Roy
Lettering by Tim Harkins
Edited by Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Denny O'Neil
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Steph: "You don't get it, silly. I'd have known you without the mask. In a heartbeat."

Robin investigates the murder of one his classmates and, along the way, must confront his own prejudices. Plus, "Alvin Draper" accompanies the Spoiler to birthing classes.

Summary of Stephness: Robin has a nightmare about Philmont, his friend who died. The next evening he goes to investigate the crime scene and leaves camera's to monitor the place in case the killers return.

He then goes to take Stephanie to her Lamaze classes under a false identity: Alvin Draper. Stephanie is a little wary at first, but Tim lets her know who it is.

Crystal Brown is wary of the boy but lets the two kids go on their way. Tim helps Stephanie with her breathing exercises, and Steph teases him about his need to always keep his identity secret. Tim gets a little panicked about it, and she pokes fun at his paranoia.

As they go home, Stephanie further disconcerts Tim by letting him know she'd know him without his mask in a heartbeat. Seeing his panic, she tells him to relax, kisses him on the cheek, and goes inside.

Tim looks at what the cameras have registered and discovers that one of his suspects has returned to the crime scene. He follows the boy back to his hiding place and finds him hiding in a cave with the other suspected killer. Remembering Stephanie's words, he puts on his helmet so his schoolmates won't recognize him. This is lucky, as one of the boys manages to hit him in the noggin with a club. But Tim unleashes a hellish beating on the boys, but his certainty they were the killers falters when one of the boys pleads innocent.

He calls the police to round them up, torn about whether or not he's on the right track. The next day, Tim is called by the principal to answer questions from the Sheriff. The Sheriff asks if the two bullies (Joshua Stanzland and Mark Meachum) were there when Philmont died. Timothy replies no and he said he was wrong in his previous statements. He leaves the office and wonders if he changed his mind about Stanz and Meachum being the killers just to assuage his own guilt about how he could have prevented it.

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