Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Robin #17 Review

Never The End

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 23, 2022

Sadly, it's the end of our Robin series.... for now, but as this series ends, it leads into the Batman Vs. Robin mini-series that's going to continue our storyline here and what came from the Batman/Superman: World's Finest story featuring the Devil Nezha. Previously in this series, we saw Robin and Connor Hawke go to Japan to see Flatline since Lord Death Man showed up on the shores of Lazarus Island looking for protection from his former protege, but all of this seemed to be a ruse so that Lord Death Man could be alone on Lazarus Island, where he found Damian's Great Grandmother, Mother Soul. If that wasn't ominous enough, we then saw the two start smooching... Yeah, smooching....... but Lord Death Man doesn't have any lips.... yuck. Let's jump into this issue and see what Lord Death Man and Mother Soul have planned for Damian Wayne's final issue of his Robin series. Let's check it out.

In our final issue of Robin everything just kind of comes to a head in weird ways..... one of those ways is Lord Death Man talking about how he needs Lazarus Resin, but nobody questioning this weird throwaway line, but it seems that our Lazarus Tournament ending with Lord Death Man getting the heart of Damian Wayne is the start of big things to come since our mentor of Flatline gives the heart to Mother Soul, who then disappears for the rest of the issue as a fight breaks out with a magically infused Lord Death Man.  

There seemed like a lot that was still on the table for this series that will hopefully be picked back up during Batman Vs. Robin or even more hopefully when this series picks back up after that.... fingers crossed... but everything just kind of ends halfway through this issue so we can have a montage of fun on the beach and things being left open between Flatline and our Boy Wonder which just killed me. I guess we just have to leave Damian separated from everyone so that he can do his Devil Nezha thing, but it felt really out of nowhere here, especially since everyone on the island just kind of leaves when previously it looked like people were building villages to stay on the island permanently. 

All in all, the art is so damn good in this issue, but if you've been reading so far you'll know that Roger Cruz always brings his A-Game to this Robin series but sadly I can't say the same about the writing because our ending is just kind of rushed while the rest of the book pretty much just tells us to go read Batman Vs. Robin when it comes out but because of this, the issue loses the charm that made this book so special. I mean, yeah, you get some nice moments and the fun and care-free Damian that we've loved seeing but it's all kind of rushed through and nothing felt like it was really resolved here at all.

Bits and Pieces:

Even though this is the end of our series, let's hope that it's only the end for now and after Batman Vs. Robin, it picks back up where we left off, or maybe it gets another #1. Pretty much I just want something because I've loved this series and while I'd love to see more, I wish that this finale felt like it mattered more than it did. Yeah, we have great art but this ending issue just feels like it was in a bit damn rush and nothing felt resolved.  


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