DC Comics gives Damian Wayne his own series beginning with Robin: Son of Batman #1. Patrick Gleason provides both art and the story for part one of “Year of Blood.” It’s a suitable start for a title based on one of my favorite characters in the Bat-Family.
The son of a Bat and a Demon, Damian al Ghul has set out to forge his own destiny in issue #1 of Robin: Son of Batman. First he must atone for the shameful Year of Blood! Will he be aided or hindered by the behemoth Goliath? And what mysterious legacy trails behind him?
The behemoth Goliath spoken of in the previous paragraph is a giant red Man-Bat who obviously likes to eat. He’s quite chubby and assists Damian in his adventures by flying him around and chewing on the enemy. It’s as ridiculous as it sounds, yet humorous at the same time.
Issue #1 is rated T for Teen and contains violence and some disturbing and intense scenes. I would venture to say that a freshly decapitated head talking to you would be unsettling for some younger viewers.
Robin: Son of Batman Issue #1 gives us a character that is ready to put his past transgressions with the League of Assassins behind him and carry on the legacy of the Dark Knight. Although he might be more mature, he still has a lot of fight and anger left in him. The introduction of a new nemesis a little closer to his age hints at some great mental and physical battles to come. Patrick Gleason kicks off this new monthly title with a promising first chapter enhanced by his electrifying artwork.
Robin: Son of Batman #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.