Friday, December 11, 2015

The Robin War Begins with the Greatest of Ease

The battle for Gotham City is on the rise in DC Comics’ Robin War #1. Writer Tom King leads an army of artists including Khary Randolph, Alain Mauricet, Jorge Corona, and others. The 38-page debut issue kicks off a storyline that will spread across several Bat-centric monthly titles to tell a tale too big for a single book.

In Robin War #1, Damian Wayne returns to Gotham City and he is not happy. There are restless youth all over the city calling themselves Robin. Bruce Wayne is no longer Batman and the GCPD, led by the new, armored-up Batman, is cracking down on anybody wearing the “R.” And things only get worse when Red Hood, Red Robin and Grayson all come back to Gotham City...

I love the way Writer Tom King gives us a brief look at what each of Bruce Wayne's former partners are up to before fate brings them together again. Each one gets a chance in the spotlight as their paths are about to cross. King also does a phenomenal job of setting the story in motion and giving us reasons to become emotionally attached to each character.

I'm not quite sure why DC felt it necessary to have five artists work on a single issue. Although it isn't really distracting, it seems unnecessary here. I get what they're trying to do. They're trying to give certain sections a unique look and give it some visual variety. Maybe it does unconsciously work. Either way, everyone puts their best foot forward in the first chapter of what's shaping up to be another defining moment in comic book history.

Robin War #1 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence and gore, profanity, and intense and frightening scenes. There's definitely no shortage of comic book violence which will keep your eyes darting from one panel to the next.

Robin War #1 does a marvelous job setting readers up for another dramatic and action-packed comic book event within the DC Universe. We're immediately thrown into a whirlwind of tragedy that once again brings all of Batman's sidekicks together to serve justice on the streets of Gotham. The return of a decades-old deadly secret society makes everything even more intricate and astonishing. We have a great start to what could be a an enduring chapter in the chronicles of Batman, his Boy Wonders, and the army of vigilantes they've influenced to strike against those who would bring harm to the citizens they've sworn to protect.

Robin War #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.

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