Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Robin #16 Review

Tricks and Traps

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 26, 2022

In our previous issue, we saw Lord Death Man come to Lazarus Island, looking for help from Damian and crew because apparently Flatline, Damian's "girlfriend" and Lord Death Man's sidekick went on him and was looking to finally end the resurrecting menace. Since we saw at the end of the Lazarus Tournament that Lord Death Man had plans for the heart that Flatline removed from the Boy Wonder, it looks like the Japanese baddie might just be up to one of his tricks. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

So while we don't do much besides head off to Japan with Damian Wayne and Connor Hawke to confront Flatline so that our duo can find out what's wrong with her, since the idea right off the bat is that she's possessed by something from Lazarus Island, what we do get is some great characters throughout this book that I've been loving and just continue to love with this issue, especially since they bring in characters from the Shadow War and previous issues, the Demon's Fist, who is led by Damian's cousin Mara and just seeing the change between these two relatives brought a lot of joy to me reading, especially when I thought of all the fun that we can have with them down the line.

Mostly this issue, like a lot of this series just continues to show Damian grow as a character and it's scenes with him and the Batman from Japan, and his cousin Mara that just really shows that Damian, while still rocking the Robin moniker has become his own man and might just shine brighter outside of his father and mother's shadow because during Williamson's run, the character has never been better. Besides for some continued character growth and some great interactions, it seems that we're moving towards getting Lord Death Man involved with the Devil Nezha and the secrets of Lazarus Island and I'm all in for it.

All in all, the art in this issue continues to be amazing and while I can't say that the story beats just scream progression and action that you won't want to miss, what I can say is that you'll end up reading this book and realize that you'd continue to read it if it was just these characters sitting at a table playing cards because they're so well written and their interactions are so enjoyable that you won't want to miss a single bit and that's where this book shines and I can only hope that after Batman Vs. Robin concludes that this series will continue because it's definitely a bright spot at DC and has done the most work with Damian Wayne since Tomasi's Batman and Robin run in the New 52 and as much as I liked that, this is way more enjoyable and does the title character more justice, not to mention that it really shows that our Boy Wonder is growing up. Am I looking for more plot from Damian's heart and Lord Death Man? Yeah, but hopefully all that will be dealt with in the future.

Bits and Pieces:

With some great characters and great art, Robin continues to be one of DC's best books, and sadly, that's simply because of interactions and the love that's shown in the continued growth of the characters. I say sadly because I do wish we got more out of the story overall since we're running short on time with this series. That being said though, I love the way that Damian Wayne is being handled in this series and I hope this Damian continues for a long time. 


1 comment:

  1. "Robin continues to shine with its amazing art and captivating characters. While the story may lack in progression, the well-written interactions keep readers hooked. Damian Wayne's growth is a highlight, reminiscent of Tomasi's Batman and Robin run. Here's hoping for more depth in future issues, but for now, Robin remains one of DC's finest."

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