Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Robin #3 Review

Beating Heads And Making Friends

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Gleb Melnikov, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

Let's make our way back to Lazarus Island so we can pick up with Damian Wayne and see how he's doing in a tournament whose competitors can only progress if they kill their opponent. Yeah, it's not very Bat-Family friendly, but sadly, it does seem right up Damian's alley as he attempts to uncover why the League of Lazarus was hidden from him his entire life, while also hopefully getting over his grief of Alfred's death. Let's jump into this issue and see if Damian can completely leave his comfort zone because, at the end of the last issue, it looked like Rose Wilson was going to take our former Robin...... to a party. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Robin, we see our former sidekick put in a situation that he's totally not used to...... a party situation and while it is awkward at first it does become great briefly as we see that Damian can adapt to any situation, including a fun one. The thing that ruins it is the thing that will haunt Damian his entire life because while it looked like he gained the admiration of his fellow competitors, it party then turned into stories about Batman and it looks like Robin will never be able to get outside the shadow of his fearsome father.  

Thankfully, he's not alone in that front as we get to know Conner Hawke for the first time in over a decade and the two young children can commiserate over their hero fathers before real life, the past, and a form of duty breaks them up and puts them at odds with each other before giving us another cliffhanger that keeps you interested in this Robin story..... There's a lot though that should keep you interested though.

All in all, the art in this issue is great and I love the progression of seeing Damian as a sad, misunderstood youth who's acting out so that he can desperately move out of the shadow of both sides of his family and it was great to see when given the chance, Damian can actually cut loose a little bit and have fun with people... We just have to work on getting that chip off his shoulder a little bit. This was a fun issue that gave us progression with not only Damian but Conner Hawke as well and I can't wait to learn more about the former Green Arrow and how he made his way to the League of Shadows and I can't wait to learn more about the reveal at the cliffhanger.

Bits and Pieces:

Robin continues to be a fun book that attempts to peel away the layers of jerkiness from Damian Wayne and as we continue to do so we see some of the vulnerabilities of our main character and some of the problems in his life that have caused him to act out, but thankfully, with all that going on we also just get to see him be a kid. The art is great in this book and I love the bits of progression we get here in not only Damian Wayne but other characters as well.


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