Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Dark Nights: Death Metal: Robin King #1 Review

Yes, Father... I Shall Become A Robin

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: October 20, 2020

Since this Death Metal story seems to want to feature the Robin King so much, even though he just comes off as padding to me to keep characters occupied in a ridiculous, over-the-top manner, it's obvious that we needed a tie-in to the event that features the little, psychopathic Bruce Wayne from the Dark Multiverse that just wants to kill all the heroes...... and somehow can. Let's jump into this oversized tie-in and see if this book can make me stop hating the Robin King. Let's check it out.

For this issue we essentially see the Robin King come to gloat and finish off our Trinity after they fail to power up Wally West with Crisis Energy in Death Metal #4. While this is going on the Robin King thinks back to how this all began and with that, we see a flashback issue about the origins of the Robin King and what his motivations were for being this dark character, and why he would be willing to join the Batman Who Laughs when the villain originally came to his Dark Multiverse world to see if this little monster of a Bruce Wayne wanted to join him in destroying the Prime-Earth.  

Overall, the idea of a young Bruce Wayne wanting to take down the old guard of heroes (even though I don't know why we'd have a young Bruce Wayne in a world of present-day heroes in this Dark Multiverse Earth) is an interesting one, where he wants to inspire the next generation to realize that they don't have to follow the heroes' rules, but the problem with this is....... you have a child Bruce Wayne that seems to be better than an adult Bruce Wayne, even though he wouldn't have the knowledge, experience or training. He just has a utility belt that can counter anything you throw at him and it's a bit annoying. Reading this character actually feels like playing with a child who constantly says that he wins just because and it's just another version of the Batman Who Laughs, who just kept beating our heroes over and over again, but even more aggravating because he's just a kid who shouldn't have the ability to do anything that he does in these comics. Beyond the character, who I just can't stand. There's a nice element to this story for anyone who might be a fan of the Robin King, that elevates him a bit in the world of Death Metal and shows that he was right in his beliefs of inspiring people his age that they can affect change, whether it's psychopathic or not.  

All in all, I'm not a fan of Riley Rossmo's art at all and didn't like the way anything looked in this issue, beyond the Robin King himself and that was unfortunate because I really hate the character. For those that care, there is a backstory in this issue that elevates the idea of the Robin King and how he went beyond being a simple Groblin or Crow as I call them and became a standout in this story, but just the convenience of everything the Robin King does and how easily he wins over everyone just annoys the shit out of me because even with all the money in the world I just can't accept that a nine-year-old would have the knowledge and experience to be the threat that they're presenting him to be. We already have that in the Batman Who Laughs.... we don't need that with another character where it makes even less sense.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a tough issue for me because I don't like the character and I hate the art in this book. With that though, I can see some elements of this issue being something that someone who likes the Robin King character could get behind because it adds to the character, but ultimately, I don't need a lesser Batman Who Laughs being spotlighted here because I hate the legit thing and the Robin King is even more infuriating with how easily he's able to defeat everyone around him.  


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