Robin: Son of Batman #1

Robin: Son of Batman #1

Writer: Patrick Gleason Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 12
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The son of a Bat and a Demon, Damian al Ghul has set out to forge his own destiny - and atone for the shameful Year of Blood! Will he be aided or hindered by the behemoth Goliath? And what mysterious legacy trails behind him? Join writer/artist Patrick Gleason as he chronicles the globe-hopping adventures of ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN!

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 17, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman #1 is a very strong issue and a decent jumping on point for anyone looking to get into books featuring this young Robin without heading back to the Morrison issues. Gleason's art is fantastic and his writing is just as good, and Robin: Son of Batman #1 is a winner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 18, 2015

    This is a strong start to Damian's solo adventures and it leaves us with plenty of mysteries. How will Damian atone for the Year of Blood? Why is Nobody stalking him? Will we learn more about Talia's true fate? More will be revealed as the series continues. And if it continues to be this strong, it will be a defining chapter in Damian's young life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Joe Winder Jun 20, 2015

    This issue shows where everything is going to go. Damian has grown a lot in the time that he'sbeen Robin.I think this series is starting out on a road to show us how much he has changed from being the assassin his mother and grandfather wanted him to be to a protector that his father has shown him to be. He has now come to a road in his young life that he wants to make amends for the things he was taught to do with the league. I think Gleason is going to take us on an exciting journey with Damian and I can't wait to see what all it entails. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 22, 2015

    Patrick Gleason has made a believer of me. His story of legacy and redemption could easily slip into formula and melodrama, but this issue shows little sign of such. It is true that he begins, as seems to be something of a fashion at DC these days, in the middle of the action, leaving a great deal of background and exposition to unfold as things progress. This might be a recipe for confusion down the road, but so far it is a recipe for interest. Many believe that Grant Morrison is the definitive writer of Damian, while Peter Tomasi has his partisans, as well. Now Gleason and his art team enter the fray, pencils afire. It is no exaggeration to say that with this issue Tomasi should be looking over his shoulder, and Morrison should feel a chill on his spine. Yes, it really is that good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 22, 2015

    Patrick Gleason, with the assistance of Mick Gray and John Kalisz, infuses "Robin: Son of Batman" #1 with complexity and heart. Plus, Goliath is going to be a guaranteed breakout star. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 17, 2015

    I love Damian Wayne, but this title initially put me off because of Batman's death and where this would take place and Damian looking like he was prancing around the world with a bat monster.  Yeah, he's still prancing around the world with a bat monster and I'm not sure of where this would fit into continuity wise, but Patrick Gleason has put my mind at ease.  In this book we find ourselves continuing where we left off before Damian's death in redeeming the character of his past actions.  I can't wait to see where Gleason takes us on this quest because it looks like it will be a fun time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Brad Bell Jun 17, 2015

    "Robin: Son of Batman #1" should delight previous fans of Damian Wayne, and even open the eyes of the character's critics. As both the story and art of Patrick Gleason set the character on a trajectory of Redemption that I believe will cement him as one of the best Robin's in the Batman mythos, and perhaps elevate to character to point of successful self reliance. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jun 17, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman #1 entertains with a story deeply rooted to Damian's past that may leave the uninitiated baffled. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell Jun 19, 2015

    Patrick Gleason's comic is such a smooth transition from Batman and Robin you probably won't notice that he's writing it. This book is certainly welcome after the loss of the previous volume. The first issue hasn't hit the quality that the older comic began with, but it's not far off. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Jun 24, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman is a great compliment to Tomasi and Gleason's Batman and Robin, but it also works remarkably well as a standalone. New readers have enough to go on to understand what happened in Robin's past. This book will be enjoyed by those familiar with Damian's story, and also by those who are unfamiliar with it. There is plenty of action and an exciting external struggle, as well as a great inner conflict. Robin grapples with the question, does your past define who you are today? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 17, 2015

    In spite of the unwarranted fan hate that's dogged him for nearly ten years, Damian Wayne has shown tremendous resilience in the DC Universe. As a character who has unquestionably grown with every adventure that's come his way " and one who boasts a surprising amount of world-weary depth for being a ten year-old kid " it's safe to say that Damian Wayne doesn't need to prove himself to anyone anymore. And with a stellar debut such as this, neither does Patrick Gleason. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Jun 18, 2015

    Quite a bit is crammed into this book and it may take a couple reads to really get a grasp on everything, but this was definitely a step in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 22, 2015

    The creative team in "Robin: Son of Batman" #1 is well-synchronized, filing the pages with fun images, emotive characters and exciting action. Gleason is, perhaps, a bit more verbose at times throughout the issue than "Batman and Robin" scribe Peter J. Tomasi would have been in the same spot, but the end result is certainly worth it. "Robin: Son of Batman" #1 is packed from cover to cover, giving readers a substantial introduction to a corner of the Batman universe set to blossom as Robin explains the "Year of Blood" to Ravi, who serves as a proxy to the readers. It's a solid, busy read, but a good one, with Patrick Gleason and team's young Damian Wayne making a good first impression as he sets off to right some wrongs and live up to the expectations of his father, Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Shayne Caffrey Jun 26, 2015

    I'm excited for the next one and to find out more of "The Year of Blood,"which is what Damian is trying to atone for, while also trying to honor his father Bruce Wayne and live up to his example. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jun 22, 2015

    While DC has seen a recent rise to the $3.99 price point on many of its books, that should not be a reason for you to be impeded. This first issue has everything a superhero comic ought to have: fantastic storytelling on plot, character, and the art itself. The latter is extremely eye-popping as the cover can attest to. Overall, more bang for your buck than a lot of books can offer these days. For anyone looking to jump into the new DCU, or see why Damian Wayne is a great character this can be a win for you, or if you want to see a creator at the top of his craft this is a great place to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Mr. H Jun 19, 2015

    I wanted to like this book, I truly did. It had one of my favorite characters ever, Damien Wayne and his Giant Pet Man-Bat, this was destined to be awesome! However it felt slapped together too quickly, and it just didn't grab me the way it should have. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 17, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman really digs into the nuts and bolts of the boy who may someday become Batman. This is a title where he finally has the room for self-exploration that doesn't come with the caveat of being someone's sidekick. And if nothing else, the art is gorgeous. Gleason, Gray and Kalisz are a finely tuned machine that is adept at creating mood and tension. Gleason clearly believes in the potential that Damian Wayne has as one of the more complex members of the DC Universe, and you should, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jun 18, 2015

    Robin – Son of Batman has all the makings of a fun, resonant adventure story with a compelling central character, here's hoping it gets a little more accessible to the new readers who deserve to discover this pint-sized hero. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio, &lsquo Jun 18, 2015

    Overall, this wasn't the best start to a new series, but there's promise that shined through. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 20, 2015

    Don't get me wrong, the issue on its own is fine. Gleason is an amazing artist, and this comic looks positively gorgeous. One couldn't ask for a better artist. And his writing is fine. He's got a perfect handle on Damian's character, and there are more than a few cool moments throughout. For those reasons, this is a fine issue. But I don't think Robin: Son of Batman is for me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jun 18, 2015

    Overall Im really liking this series, and love seeing Damian in his own book…cant wait to see what happens next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.5 - John McCubbin Jun 17, 2015

    Robin: Son of the Batman may not have been the comic I hoped it would be, but it definitely sets up an intriguing tale, with Damian's actions feeling true to character. The art also as ever fits this world like a glove, and though the overall narrative within this issue is a little lacking, it does enough for a second purchase. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    This book is unquestionable gorgeous to look at, but it also definitely has the scope of a mini-series. Damian Wayne was always more interesting when defined in relation to his father, a relationship that made up most of Morrison's run. Cut off from that, it becomes just another story about yet another resurrected Robin. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 24, 2015

    It appears that Damian's short-run with super-powers has come to an end (thankfully), forcing the character to return using his deadly skills and brains to deal with whatever situation might arise. I'm more sold on the Nobody arc, and the addition of Goliath, than the Year of Blood (which is vaguely hinted at), but I'm not sure that's enough to keep me on board for more than a couple of issues. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 20, 2015

    "Robin: Son of Batman" has a lot going for it. The comic has great, classic, super-hero art. The comic has a great opening sequence and ends with the lead character putting himself on a path of atonement. However, the book's middle is sunk in a confusing, continuity-heavy mess that seems to cater to the long-time reader and ignore the fact that a new reader might pick this up. The comic book is virtually inaccessible to a new reader if you are looking for a complete read. What could have been an exciting first issue turned into a very average and disappointing one. There are simply better books out there with a "#1" on the cover. Read Full Review

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