Review: We Are Robin #1
Spinning out of the pages of Batman! The teenagers of Gotham City have adopted the “R” and made it their own. A new Robin? No, HUNDREDS of new Robins!
Lee Bermejo takes on the writing duties for We Are Robin (as well as providing covers) in what is a very intriguing new series.
The first issue focuses heavily on Duke Thomas (who we’ve previously seen in Batman) who is having issues adjusting to living without his parents. But, really it’s all about setting Duke up as a kid who’s smart and wants to do good, but trouble seems to find him. Duke is also being watched by a mysterious group who has a lot of interest in getting hold of him. It’s a build up mystery that ends with a reveal and then an epilogue that gives us another mystery.
The first issue to me feels like a series that DC released before, The Movement. Though we don’t get much of it, the series feels like a group of kids banding together to do some good, and what other won’t. There’s an Occupy vibe about it in many ways.
The art is mostly done by Jorge Corona with Rob Haynes doing the breakdowns and Khary Randolph provides the art in the epilogue. All of it is good work with some cool angles and use of panels. My only gripe is that there’s use of texting, and some of the actual text seems crammed in. What’s really fantastic is that each character is unique with different body types, and looks. It’s pretty solid that points to a great visual future for the series that’ll have a pretty diverse cast.
The comic is all set up, not really getting us deep into exactly what this flock of Robins is all about. We get a general idea though. And that ending, could a certain butler be behind it all? We’ll find out!
There’s a lot already a part of DC’s Batman universe, but We are Robin carves out a new and unique space that looks like it’s going to be pretty entertaining.
Story: Lee Bermejo Art: Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Khary Randolph
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
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