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Written By: Lee Bermejo Art By: Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Christine Duarte Peter, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Mat Lopes, Jared K. Fletcher Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: November 25, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Oh boy, I sure do love me some We Are Robin. I'm pretty sure I say this every time I start out to review this book, but it's a title that went above and beyond anything I ever thought it could be and became one of my favorite titles to come out since June. I usually hate the way that kids are depicted in comics because they always come off over the top........ and awful, but Lee Bermejo really has a handle on the way these Robins act and they come off appropriate with their responses to the things they encounter. It's just really refreshing to see. In the previous issue, we had our Robins try to deal with their current situation, which is the loss of their teammate Troy and the reality that they've been lied to in finding out that Batman isn't all about what they're doing........ but since it's the Jim Gordon Batman, it shouldn't really matter. So yeah, our kids are hurt and confused, but after receiving a visit from Nest, who was rocking a truckload of Robin goodies for our heroes, for the most part our characters got back on the trolley. Only problem is that trolley led them right into the sights of a Talon looking to recruit. Let's jump into this issue and hopefully not see our heroes ripped limb from limb when they face their biggest threat yet. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins....... and for the majority stays where we left off in the previous issue, where Izzy, Riko and Duke find themselves confronted by a Talon. Yeah, our heroes aren't exactly at tip top shape because in the previous issue, Izzy's dirt bag brother came through with a drive-by, that took our heroes completely off guard and the majority of the bullets found a home in Duke. Don't worry though folks, his new Robin jacket didn't skimp out on the kevlar and even though are heroes are a bit rattled, they'll live. After we make sure that all our heroes have survived, we then go into the Talon monologuing with the best of them, as he tells our heroes his intentions of making them the soldiers that will usher in a future that is free of corruption.......... Which, sounds like they'll have to murder a shit ton of people to see this happen. Beyond my belief, Riko steps up first to try and take this Talon down and even though she gets the shit kicked out of her quick, I'm shocked as hell that they even went up against this monster.
As Riko goes down, Duke gets up to make an attack and as he does, we see that the news is broadcasting this fight and the cops arrive on the scene. Yeah, Duke gets his ass kicked too, but he's better off than the wave of cops that try to take the Talon down because they just straight up get murdered. The only positive thing that is happening at this point is the TV coverage because even though it kind of screws our heroes over with them not wearing masks, it does get Dre and Dax to notice that their teammates are in some shit and the cavalry comes a running. Before they get there though, we have ourselves a situation with Izzy. It seems with all this killing going on...... and the fact that Izzy just saw this Talon tear apart her shit heel of a brother after his drive-by, it seems that she's so scared of what's going down that she grabs a gun and we all know that guns are a no no when it comes to the world of Batmen and Robins.
Eventually, Duke and Riko talk Izzy down and the time that it takes gives Dax and Dre enough time to arrive on the scene. For a spectacular five seconds or so, our heroes take on the Talon with their full force and while we know that they really can't do anything to affect this villain, it was really cool to see them try.......... and a little scary because I don't want to see anymore Robins die. The scariest part of this though is that the Talon really seems interested in Dre's rage and his lack of hesitation when it comes to battle. Hopefully Dre won't be swayed to the dark side.
In the end, Alfred in his Nest persona shows up on the scene with a goddamn military vehicle and pins down the Talon with beanbag rounds while the Robins team gets in the vehicle. Once they're all inside, they haul ass out of there until they lose the police that were following them. The messed up part of all of this is that these Robins are really trying to trust this Nest and even though he just got their asses out of there, his parting words are for them to start wearing masks...... before he blows up the vehicle without giving any of them a heads up. They were all pretty damn close to that vehicle and explosions in my mind aren't the best trust building exercises.
That's it for this issue of We Are Robin and just like the rest we've had so far, this continues to be a great issue, that's full of emotion. The only real problem that I have is with our heroes going up against such a huge threat only six issues in. It wasn't a real shock or surprise to me that they'd just run for the hills by the end and that took a lot out of the excitement that I began this with right out of the equation. I was just happy as hell to see that Duke Thomas was fine after that drive-by in the previous issue, but there was no way that our heroes would be doing anything silly like taking down a Talon. Even with that excitement lost due to me jumping to conclusions and just happening to be right for once, this still is a great story where we see our heroes face to face with a monster, where we get to see how they'd react to this kind of situation. The art like always when dealing with our heroes is superb, but for whatever reason whenever the Talon was in action, his proportions seemed to become exaggerated and even his design made me wonder what the hell he was doing at certain times because he was just so dark and all detail was lost because of it.
Bits and Pieces:
We Are Robin continues to delight with this issue as they're pitted against an unbeatable enemy. With awesome art when it comes to our Robins, we've started down a road here that may separate our team and make Gotham a more dangerous place because of it. I just love where Lee Bermejo is taking this book and it remains one of my favorite titles. If you haven't checked out this series yet, I say shame on you. Get our there and do your duty in making sure that We Are Robin sticks around for a long long time.