Review: Robin, Son of Batman #4
It’s Robin vs. Deathstroke! The troubles in Maya’s past come back to haunt her. Will Damian and Goliath be forced to leave her to fend for herself, or can they find a way to help their new ally?
Robin, Son of Batman #4 really feels like two totally different comics melded together, and yet, it somehow still works in a very entertaining way.
Written by Patrick Gleason, this issue has Damian continuing his mission to right the wrongs of the past. This one has him heading to a mystical hospital where he stole some stuff and took away the good karma.
The first half of the comic feels like an adventure befitting Indiana Jones, and the comic would have been amazing if it went this route for its entire length. Instead about a quarter of it is interrupted with a battle against Deathstroke, something that we knew was coming at the end of the previous issue.
The fight is entertaining, I won’t knock it at all. It’s also pretty vital as the fight is a mechanism to not only show more redemption for Damian, but also move his relationship with Maya forward. The comic might just have Robin in the title, but it’s very much about the sins of the past and being bogged by them, and that applies to Damian as well as Maya. Gleason clearly has that as a focus and he moves that theme along masterfully here.
Gleason also handles art along with Mick Gray, and the art is kinetic fun seamlessly blending the fight and the Indiana Jones type aspects. It’s beautiful to look at actually and I’d expect to see this art on some higher profile books at some point, it could be fantastic on Batman for instance. The two also do a great job fitting in a hell of a lot of text into the art. The beginning has Damian rambling about the facility their going in to, and it takes some serious amounts of text to do that.
The comic is fun. That’s the best way to put it. It’s not deep, but it’s a buddy adventure with kids learning who they are. And Gleason remember to infuse that with fun throughout. The comic is an entertaining read, which at times is all we really want or need. The reason this is a “read” instead of a “buy” is just the fact isn’t some vital issue, or the best of the best type of issue. But, it’d be a comic I’d absolutely be happy with in my weekly pull list, and for folks who want to check out this series, this is a solid issue to hop on with.
Story: Patrick Gleason Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review