Between a rock and a hard place, Damian Wayne continues his journey to become the person that he wants to be in another character-driven emotional and fun issue of ‘Robin’. Keeping to that core has been the story of success for this series, and the next two issues look to wrap that all up and hopefully lead us to whatever is next for this dynamic character.
Comic book crossover stories that are completed in the style of running through multiple titles, interrupting, or building off the story they were telling, can be quite disruptive to a given series no matter whether they are enjoyable or not. This was certainly the case with the Robin series during the recent Shadow War event, but with the fifteenth issue, the series is back on track.
Back to focusing on Robin and his character arc and in this case how much he has grown when it comes to the competition of his parents about his future and wellbeing. Too bad this back on track comes as the title is apparently ending in two issues.
This book is at its best when Joshua Williamson is able to really home in on Damian and his character development in a way where the plot around it is fun and great but the character still shines through as the most important thing. We’ve witnessed Batman and Talia fight over Damian and his destiny (including in a flashback from the Batman & Son storyline where Damian was introduced) for years, and here Damian fully steps up and takes charge. No longer a pawn, he tells his parents what he wants from them, and they accept him and what he wants. It’s a really great story, and the moments around it such as Talia & the DEO as well as the great Bat-family fighting and bonding moments are great.
There is the Batman vs Robin series coming soon that features the al Ghul family stuff too so there is no telling where this newfound peace between the family will go but we’ll see.
Roger Cruz, Norm Rapmund, and Luis Guerrero continue to do their usual stellar work with this issue. Tons of great detail and smooth action sequences, with plenty of great paneling and focus on the deep emotional/character moments so that we can really sit in them. There are bright bits of color but most of this happens at night, so things are naturally shadowed, and the night actually feels thick and like a real night. I really appreciate the toned-down colors that appear in the night scenes, that ramp-up to bright and bold once we’re back on Lazarus Island in the day. All of it has an appropriate weight that really makes things stand out even more as we take it all in.
Lettering is Troy Peteri’s domain, and he controls that domain perfectly as always. Plenty of colorful dialogue as well as font changes that allow for tone and volume to be ascertained while making sure that all the dialogue/captions as a whole flow in a natural way through the pages. Never ever will tire of the use of characters’ logos being placed into dialogue bubbles when their names are uttered, or big bold colorful right in the moment SFX dotting pages. Comic books are fun, and when the various elements of the book remember and display that it’s just a delight.
Robin #15 is now available from DC Comics