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Preview: Robin #3

Robin #3

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Gleb Melnikov

It’s a beach party from hell! Robin’s mission to get to the heart of the League of Lazarus’s inner workings has left him once again locked in combat with his fellow fighters, but never did Damian Wayne think it would lead to a beach-blanket cookout. What’s more dangerous than a life-or-death struggle for the all-or-nothing prize of immortality? Well, for Damian, it’s acting like a normal teenager for five minutes. And don’t miss the surprise confrontation with Damian’s number 1 competition, a mysterious fighter trained by the League of Shadows!

Robin #3

Preview: Robin #2

Robin #2

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Gleb Melnikov

After the shocking events of Robin #1, Damian has learned the deadly rules of Lazarus Island the hard way! Now he must prove that he belongs in the tournament and uncover its secrets! But his only ally is the daughter of one of his greatest enemies: Ravager! In this tournament, only one fighter can get out alive-ready for round two? Fight!

Robin #2

Review: Robin #1

Robin #1

Lets face it, Damian Wayne is a turd. He’s an annoying, bratty, kid. But, when it comes to character growth, he’s a perfect example of what’s possible in comics. Damian when he first appeared was far worse. Over the years, readers have seen him learn real lessons and grow. He’s been a sidekick, a team member, and a leader. Now, he’s going solo in Robin #1 an interesting start of a series with a familiar concept.

Written by Joshua Williamson, Robin #1 sees Damian Wayne go off the grid. We mean really off the grid. So off the grid, the Bat-family can’t find him. He’s on his own searching for the League of Lazarus a mysterious organization who every hundred years hold a tournament of the best fighters in the world. Yes, Robin #1 kicks off the oh-so-familiar tournament angle. But, it’s a tournament to the death!

Yes, Robin #1 is a familiar concept we’ve seen so many times before. But, Williamson does a spectacular job with the story. In particular, it’s the detail and focuses on Damian that stands out. In one issue Williamson shows us the many aspects of the character. He’s arrogant but also a child. He’s a skilled fighter but also has a lot to learn. We see Damian go from knocking out an opponent to reading a manga about art. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that reminds us that in the end, Damian is a kid trying to find his own way. He’s been in the shadow of his parents and his grandfather for so long, it looks like this series will finally allow him to define himself.

The art is pretty good. Gleb Melnikov gives us an issue that looks great technically. The characters and locations all have a style to them that makes you take notice. The colors and everything pops in a good way. It looks good. What it doesn’t do is take advantage of its plot. The two fights presented are rather boring. We don’t get flashy and exciting page layouts or flow, we get pretty standard pages and panels. It doesn’t take advantage of what could be a very visually striking comic. Everything looks good but it’s in a way boring.

The lettering by Troy Peteri stands out a bit as well. There’s some interesting choices in emphasis of lettering at times like when an individual yells “Answer Me!” it’s in a green font with a splash of black. Words here and there are picked out in this way delivering a little bit of a punch to them. It’s a noticeable choice that stands out in a good way.

Robin #1 is a solid start. It’s the attention Williamson gives to its main character that really stands out. While the overall concept is one that’s been done many times before, the focus on Damian and his personality makes this one interesting. This is a series to definitely check out and a character to keep an eye on.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Gleb Melnikov Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.85 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Robin #1

Robin #1

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Gleb Melnikov

After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: winning the tournament to prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where it’s all going down! This brand-new solo Robin series will force Damian Wayne to find his own path away from both sides of his family! New mysteries! New supporting cast! First appearances of new characters! And lots of fights!

Robin #1

Damian Wayne Seeks his Own Destiny this April with Robin #1

Now that Damian Wayne has severed his ties to both Batman and the Teen Titans, he’ll be emerging from under their shadows to forge his own path, courtesy of writer Joshua Williamson and artist Gleb Melnikov in an all-new ongoing series! Debuting on Tuesday, April 27Robin will feature new mysteries for Damian to explore, a new supporting cast including Rose Wilson and Connor Hawke, brand new characters Flatline and ReSpawn, and fights—lots of fights!

After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: to win the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where the tournament is being held! It’s a fight-to-the-death Lazarus Tournament reuniting Damian, Rose, and Connor on Lazarus Island!

Featuring a main and wraparound variant covers by Melnikov, a team-themed card stock variant cover by Andy Kubert, and a 1 in 25 variant cover by Riccardo Federici, Robin is a can’t-miss look at the next phase of Damian Wayne’s hero’s journey.

Robin #1

Preview: Detective Comics #1034

Detective Comics #1034

Written by: Joshua Williamson, Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Gleb Melnikov, Dan Mora

DC Future State may be over, but the present looks tense! With the loss of his fortune and manor, the election of Mayor Nakano and the growing anti-vigilante sentiment in Gotham, Bruce Wayne must rethink how to be Batman…or risk being left behind by his own city. To make matters worse, a catastrophic crime wave has taken hold of the city, culminating in a murder mystery that hits close to home—the suspects mount, the clues multiply and the trail of bodies hasn’t ended yet! Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and superstar artist Dan Mora begin an exciting, surprising and death-defying new chapter of Detective Comics.

Plus, in the second and concluding chapter of “Demon or Detective,” Damian Wayne meets a startling new faction from his family’s checkered past…but what is the League of Lazarus?

Detective Comics #1034

Preview: Batman #106

Batman #106

Written by: Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV
Art by: Gleb Melnikov, Jorge Jimenez

Following the tragic events of Infinite Frontier #1, Batman and his new ally, Ghost-Maker, must reckon with a new gang operating in Gotham City—but are they connected to the reemergence of the Scarecrow? Meanwhile, shadowy billionaire Simon Saint pitches an advanced law-enforcement system to the new mayor! The creative team behind the epic “The Joker War” returns with a thrill-packed, dangerous new storyline called “The Cowardly Lot.”

Plus, the backup story “Demon or Detective” begins as Damian Wayne is on the run! After everything Damian has gone through, can he escape Gotham and find his way back to where his journey started—to his mother, Talia al Ghul? This two-part tale concludes this month in Detective Comics #1034!

Batman #106

Preview: Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #2

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #2

Written by: Jeremy Adams, Brandon Easton, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming, Siya Oum, Gleb Melnikov, Valentine De Landro, Mikel Janin

Meet the rising champion of the gladiatorial pits of Warworld: Superman! The Man of Steel is still down in the pits duking it out with Mongul’s hordes and working his way up to the big boss himself. But since it’s Superman, there has to be more to this than a simple determination to win the title belt, right? Yes, because he’s also got Midnighter out there on a mission to chase down a dangerous new power source…but the man standing in his way is all too familiar.

Plus, the Black Racer smashes her way to freedom and Mister Miracle, now trapped on Warworld himself, has to find his way back to the bottle city of Metropolis—and his only mode of transportation is a busted Boom Tube!

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #2

Preview: Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1

Written by: Jeremy Adams, Brandon Easton, Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Siya Oum, Mikel Janin, Gleb Melnikov, Valentine De Landro

This monumental Future State title features four big stories! First, Clark Kent is gone, leaving a Superman-shaped hole behind. People gather in Smallville to celebrate their hero, little realizing that he is across the galaxy helping others. Superman has gone to Warworld, where he fights as a gladiator in the deadly pits of Mongul. But this is Superman we’re talking about-and his idea of a victory does not line up with the expectations of Mongul’s hordes! Meanwhile, on the other side of Warworld, other agents are at work, struggling for a better life. Shilo Norman, the man known as Mister Miracle, has ridden a Boom Tube across the cosmos from Metropolis to finds himself at odds with an entire planet! At the same time, Midnighter, the greatest fighter from Earth, is punching his way through a whole mess of trouble. He’s on the hunt for a new energy source deadlier than Kryptonite. His goal: to shut it down before it gets unleashed on an unsuspecting universe. On top of that, the Black Racer, a girl raised in the slums of Warworld to be one of its top competitors, turns betrayal into a crusade to fight for the freedom of others like her.

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1

Damian Wayne Find his Own Destiny in a New Robin Series from Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov

Now that Damian Wayne has severed his ties to both Batman and the Teen Titans, he’ll be emerging from under their shadows to forge his own path, courtesy of writer Joshua Williamson and artist Gleb Melnikov in an all-new ongoing series! Debuting on Tuesday, April 27, Robin will feature new mysteries for Damian to explore, a new supporting cast, brand new characters, and fights, lots of fights!

After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: to win the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where the tournament is being held!

For fans that want a taste of the action to come from Williamson and Melnikov, the March issues of Batman (#106, on sale March 2) and Detective Comics (issue #1034, on sale March 23) will feature a two-part “prequel” backup story, “Demon or Detective.” After leaving Batman behind in Detective Comics #1033, Damian comes face to face with his mother, Talia al Ghul.

Featuring a main and wraparound variant covers by Melnikov, a team-themed card stock variant cover by Andy Kubert and a 1 in 25 variant cover by Riccardo FedericiRobin is a can’t-miss look at the next phase of Damian Wayne’s hero’s journey.

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