Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Robin #9 Review

Grandma's Little Monster

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 28, 2021

Lazarus Island awaits as we head into the endgame of Mother Soul's scheme. In our previous issue, we saw Damian Wayne take on Connor Hawke for all the marbles, it's just too bad that the marbles equate to a demon that will consume the winner and bring death and despair across the world, starting with all of our fighters in the tournament. In the end, Connor Hawke won the tournament and the demon instantly shoved his hand through his chest. Let's jump into this issue and see if our Boy Wonder has what it takes to stop his grandmother and save the world. Let's check it out.

The Lazarus demon is here and it's up to Damian to rally the forces of his once rivals to come together and win the day. Now while that sentence is the majority of the issue and the demon in question ends up looking like not much by the end of this issue, which also kind of makes Mother Soul's plan look a little lackluster, this issue of Robin shows our boy Damian in an amazing, compassionate way that shows that he is indeed the son of Batman and worthy of a redemption to the guilt that weighs so heavy on him.

Like what we've seen previously with the tournament storyline, this issue continues to be action-packed but the stakes have been raised. I just wish that it lasted longer than this issue because while we are talking about a world-ending situation that our Boy Wonder and his newfound friends have to overcome, the way that they go about this kind of makes things feel a little too simple. That being said, we go somewhere by the end of the issue that I can't wait to see more of in the future.

All in all, this is a quick-moving issue that looks great and while I had a fun time reading it and what it does for Damian as a character, not to mention the potential to have a merry-band of misfits to continue his journey with down the line, the idea that it is a quick-moving issue kind of took a bit away from it for me because the situation seems like it should be world-shaking but is easily conquered by essentially a bunch of kids and the threat that we've built up overall just comes off a bit lackluster. So while I would have liked the threat to be a tad more threatening, this is more a personal look at Damian in where he's been and a look at where he can go through the Alfred of the mind that's been haunting him and for that alone I think that most people will enjoy this issue because it just makes our Boy Wonder come across great by the end and I'm all about that, especially after all he's been through over the past two years.  

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Bits and Pieces:

For this issue of Robin, we have ourselves a great look at our Boy Wonder, but sadly the way that we go about defeating Mother Soul's plan comes off a little too easy for our heroes. Yeah, the art and character work is great but I wish that our fight against the story's big bad felt like it was an actual threat like the way the story built it up to be. That being said though, I still had a great time with this issue and the characters involved.


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