Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Robin #4 Review

Wax On, Wax Off

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Jorge Corona, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 27, 2021

Let's head on back to Lazarus Island to see what's up with that crazy death tournament the League of Lazarus has put together and what our youngest Robin plans on learning from his experience there. That being said though, in our previous issue, we saw Connor Hawke throw Damian off a cliff and then being rescued by Ra's Al Ghul. Let's jump into this issue and see what some Grandfather/Grandson time does for our hero. Let's check it out.

For this issue we see Damian spend a lot of time on an island that's Lazarus adjacent as we learn that after Connor Hawke threw him off the cliff in the previous issue, Damian's bat-dragon Goliath saved him and brought him to Ra's Al Ghul, who's been licking his wounds ever since The Outsiders sent him packing months ago. While that's a great callback and the idea of Ra's teaching Damian something that will make him a more complete person in the long run is a good one, we essentially just get a Karate Kid montage of Ra's trying to calm Damian down, but also not giving him any real training in anything that will save his life since Ra's has no plans for Damian returning to Lazarus Island or the tournament. Obviously, that won't be the case though.

So after spending the majority of the issue with Damian acting like a jerk to his Grandfather, which is kind of expected since Ra's is a villain, but this feels like it should have been able to pull out some more emotional moments but instead it was just Ra's reminding Damian and us that we don't know about the League of Lazarus and it's going to be a while before we do but thankfully the issue ends in a cool way that looks like we'll finally have the Bat-Family confronting Damian after his heel turn and disappearance and I'm dying to know what they're going to say to each other.

All in all, I enjoyed the art in this issue for the most part but felt that our main character and the person we see the most of in this issue looked pretty weird overall and I wish his head didn't look so damn big. Beyond that though, the Lazarus tournament challengers looked fine and Ra's looked cool throughout so it wasn't a complete problem, Damian just happened to look like a ghoul and it was a little off-putting. As for the story, that wasn't the best either because this felt like one of those cool-down issues where not a lot happens after having a huge story arc but because we haven't really done much with this story yet, this just felt like a down issue where not much happens and where it relied on having cameos be the hype of the book but ultimately, these cameos didn't do much, which is a shame because it could have really brought out some emotions but everything felt pretty cut and dry throughout. Hopefully, with the Bat-Family coming to town next issue we'll get some exciting moments out of that.

Bits and Pieces: 

While I'm still all about Damian Wayne making his own destiny and wanting to learn about the League of Lazarus as his first stop on that road to destiny, this issue felt odd in that it stopped the momentum and felt like it needed to cool down things before they ever heat up. We've got a decent cliffhanger though and some decent art but I ultimately wanted more out of this issue.


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