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Review: Robin: Son of Batman #2

ROBIN_SON_2_552eb921acb415.64093102In the second issue of Robin: Son of Batman, Damian Wayne dives into his new path focused on making amends for the crimes he’s committed during a time period called the “Year of Blood.” Up first, return the head of a stone guardian that was swiped.

The story bounces seamlessly back and forth between the present and the past, giving us the duality of Damian, a character who has done some pretty heinous acts over the years. He’s attempting to do good, but, with a character that has been so unlikable for me, its a tough one to sit through. I have disliked the character for so long (as one is supposed to), that I can’t help carry that feeling over into this series. As part of a team, his attitude is played off by other characters, here he’s full and center.

Patrick Gleason does double duty on art and story, and the art is the draw here. He’s helped by Mick Gray. The trippy action is impressive and that to me was what I really liked about the issue. Action scenes play with perspective and outright hallucinations, and that’s enhanced by the coloring of the issue. For as much as I dislike Damian, I like the art of the issue.

Two issues in, the series hasn’t quite hooked me yet, but it’s showing interesting promise in a redemption tale of a character we love to hate. Whether this series dives deeper into Damian’s history and messed up past will be key. There is lots that hasn’t been discussed and examined about the character (such as his birth), that if we see that, the series may be fantastic. Right now though, it’s reading something featuring a character I just don’t personally like, and that’s something I haven’t gotten past…. yet.

Story: Patrick Gleason Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review