Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Future State: Robin Eternal #1 Review

Cyber Bullying

Written By: Meghan Fitzmartin
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 12, 2021

It's the second week of Future State and it's time to head to 2025, where we'll see how Tim Drake, the former and current Boy Wonder is dealing with the Magistrate in Gotham. Times are tough for our Bat-Family.... or whatever's left of them but maybe Tim Drake will be able to turn the tide against this threat that has made him and all of his friends wearing a mask public enemy #1. Let's jump into this issue and see how far Robin has come along in five...... er... four years and if he has a chance in doing any damage in this battle against the Magistrate. Let's check it out.

For this issue, we'll be dealing with a new substance that the Magistrate has been working on and is now shipping into Gotham to make sure that their big bad police force, the Cybers that seems to be..... bigger and badder than their simple Peace Keepers, will be able to be unbeatable in their war against vigilantes and that spells bad news for people like our main character, Tim Drake because he's barely able to keep the good fight going since he's essentially been on his own for a while now. As for the Cybers, I would have liked to have known a bit more about them and the threat that they previously were before finding out that the Magistrate plans on making them essentially immortal and the reason I would like to know is I want to know if these are somehow augmented people or just robots with organics thrown in for some reason because this substance that the Magistrate plans on using on them is Lazarus Resin and the idea that it will make glorified robots immortal feels weird.

Beyond the Cybers though, we have Tim teaming up with Stephanie Brown in this issue and a woman named Darcy who apparently was a former "We Are Robin" member but I don't know if we're supposed to know who she was from that because they never use her "Robin" name in this but from the way she looks she kind of resembles the character, "Shug-R" but that's just speculation on my part. Anyway, our heroes need to take out this shipment of Lazarus Resin before the Magistrate can put it into action and by the end of this issue, it looks like Tim Drake may have gotten the leg up he needs to finish his mission.

All in all, I enjoyed the artwork in this issue, especially the character work but at some points I found the action elements to be a little difficult to follow but it wasn't too bad overall. As for the story, I like that Tim Drake is still fighting the good fight as Robin, even though the majority of the Bat-Family is gone, but the setup that we had here felt kind of forced, not to mention the way that we get Stephanie Brown involved. Yeah, I liked seeing Spoiler here, but I have no idea why she was here in the first place or why she would have continued with this mission. I look forward to the next issue of this since we ended on a strong and intriguing cliffhanger but I wish we would have found out more about our current timeline because these "Cybers" feel like they don't belong with the rest of what we've learned about this era of Gotham.

Bits and Pieces:

Even though I found some of the action elements hard to follow at times, I enjoyed the majority of the art here and I love the idea of Tim Drake continuing on the Bat Family's mission when everything seems to be against him and he's pretty much alone in the battle. My biggest problem ultimately though is a lot of this story feels forced to get us to our outcome and while I had some fun with this book, I wish it was stronger overall.  


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