Comic Review: Robin #2 (DC Comics)

Damian Wayne bears a heavy legacy as the son of Batman and the heir of the League of Shadows. This time around, Damian forges a new path as Robin, fighting […]

Damian Wayne bears a heavy legacy as the son of Batman and the heir of the League of Shadows.

This time around, Damian forges a new path as Robin, fighting crime on his own terms. Discovering the Tournament of Lazarus, Damian will have to investigate and solve the mysteries behind the tournament, and his legacy.

Joshua Williamson begins his run on Robin after completing his stellar run on The Flash. Williamson introduces a new status quo that finds Damian in uncharted territory as he comes into his own in this next phase of his career as Robin while adding a new layer to his mythos. Williamson establishes what led Damian to his new status, as he reclaims his crime-fighting identity after the events in City of Bane, where Alfred is gone, and his trust in the Bat-Family is shattered. Reading this new iteration of Damian’s solo series, there is a fresh air of fun and mystery, featuring a new cast of characters that hold some promise as this series goes forward. Williamson explores Damian’s current role and motivations as Robin, while also exploring his character as a young man who’s bound to two clashing legacies. This exploration of the legacy that he bears, while attempting to carve a path of his own as he uncovers the mysteries that lie within the Lazarus Tournament, is a worthwhile journey to read, especially for a new solo Robin series.

Glen Melnikov does a stellar job with the art that’s delivered in this title. Melnikov’s layouts are dynamic, energetic, and versatile. His ability to fluctuate between art styles, suiting the narrative that Williamson crafts in this series is superb. His color work is just as striking as the layouts he illustrates. The lettering by Troy Peteri compliments Melnikov’s layouts well, delivering a great reading experience. Aside from that, there is one thing I want to highlight: Robin’s uniform.

The design of Damian’s uniform is fantastic and fits the aesthetic that he has assumed in alternate future stories that his creator Morrison had previously written during his incarnation. The colors fit the mold of Batman but stands out on its own as a Robin uniform. It’s a wonderful culmination of Damian’s Family ties and personality that uniquely suites him compared to his previous predecessors. It’s a wonderful representation of the legacy that he carries as a character. This is a great jumping-on point for a new Robin series, and a great book, with interesting characters and lore that make it a worthwhile read. Definitely add the book to your pull list!

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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