Review: Robin #1
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art and Colors: Gleb Melnikov
Letters: AWL’s Troy Pietri
Review: Tony Farina
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!
Robin #1 features the up and coming artist Gleb Melnikov. He simply is the perfect choice for this story. He figures out how to capture size. In a book about a 14-year-old assassin/Superhero, size matters. You can’t have him be so massive as his other Robin brothers, but you can’t have him be a scrawny little nobody either. Melnikov threads the needle perfectly. He also shows how sometimes the cape is a problem, you know, especially in a cage match.
The new look of Damian’s costume is perfect for the mission. The fact that Melnikov is doing his own colors only add an extra layer of stunning to this book. It shows what a talent he really is.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Josh Williamson here. He is one of those writers who manages to capture dialogue perfectly. I have always loved his turn of phrase in his hero books and in his indie work. Since Damian is a bit of an outlier, fringy, oddball in the DC Universe, even though he is a Robin Williamson is the perfect choice. Like his brilliant mini-series Fostbite he makes the setting a character in the story. This new quest of Damian’s is brilliant and I can’t wait to spend time in that world in the upcoming issues.
I can’t seem to find anything wrong with Robin #1. I mean, Damian is my absolute least favorite Robin, I mean, I like Duke more than him and Duke was Robin for half a second and yet, this book may be the perfect vehicle to move him up the charts.
Robin #1 is a love letter to Enter the Dragon and honestly, I am totally down with that. It is perfectly paced, totally action packed. It has humor AND heart. Honestly, we all only expect humor, flat, Daria like humor out of Damian so for this book to have both, that is a testament to Williamson’s amazing writing and Melnikov’s amazing art. Can’t wait to get issue 2. Between this, Urban Legends and Nightwing, the Robins are on a hot streak. Great news for all of us.