Robin War #1

Robin War #1

Event\Storyline: Robin War Writer: Tom King Artist: Sandra Molina, Gabe Eltaeb, Chris Sotomayor, Emilio Lopez, Walden Wong, Andres Guinaldo, Jorge Corona, Alan Mauricet, Khary Randolph Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 16
7.4Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

In part 1 of this new epic, it's Robins vs. cops! Robins vs. Robins! Robins vs. Batman! And Robins vs. the Court of Owls?!

Damian Wayne returns to Gotham City, and he is not happy. There are kids 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...

  • 10
    The Rainbow Hub - Logan Dalton Dec 4, 2015

    And along the way, writer Tom King and his art team of Khary Randolph, Alain Mauricet, Jorge Corona, Andres Guinaldo, Walden Wong, and layouts man Rob Haynes seamlessly inject real world problems and themes, like police brutality, the establishment's disdain for youth culture (Think hypocritical comedian and rapist Bill Cosby's abominably insensitive and classist “Pull your pants up” PSA.), and the influence of class and privilege on people's motivations, actions, and words. It is well worth a read for not just superhero comics enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to stay woke and enjoy a thrilling action story with a well-developed ensemble cast. Plus Damian Wayne is comedy gold as always, especially in his conversations with Jason Todd and Tim Drake. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Dec 3, 2015

    Do you like Robin? Hell, do you like Batman in general? If you do, go and read this. Especially if you're at all familiar with Gotham in the New 52 Universe. Only some minor criticisms for this first issue: without reading We Are Robin!and knowing what's up with Bruce Wayne right now you'd probably be a bit lost. Also, I in no way see how the events of Robin War and Batman and Robin Eternal can be considered canon at the same time. So I'll just use the usual comic book logic and pretend they both somehow happen simultaneously. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Dec 3, 2015

    Before closing, I would like to point out that this is the first of two oversized issues that will bookend a crossover that will spill intoGrayson, Detective Comics,andRobin: Son of Batman, among others. Despite the absence of Bruce Wayne, this feels like the beginning of an event that no fan of Batman or Robin should miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brittany Anne Dec 3, 2015

    Robin War started in an intense way, but one that makes you crave even more. This Robin Movement is affecting Gotham and these memorable Robins need to fix it. But can they withstand the Robin War? Especially when certain people are helping these individuals in the Robin War. Ahhh, really though. The continuation of this story will proceed in Grayson #15 and if I were you, I'd start catching up, because this stuff is getting juicy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Dec 8, 2015

    Robin War #1 may spin out of events in Batman and We Are Robin, but in this one-shot the events that transpired will ring across through all of Gotham for months to come and throughout all of December as every member of the Batman family will feel the wrath of the Robin War in their specific title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Dec 3, 2015

    Overall, the issue got me hooked and I am very much looking forward to seeing this story play out. I would definitely recommend this to anyone even if they are not following each of the series involved in the event. Let me know what you thought in the comments below. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Dec 5, 2015

    Tom King took this book in a great direction and Khary Randolph has all the Robins lookin' great, especially our mans and dem Duke Thomas. I'm here for it, especially if we are getting more from Duke Thomas and his squad. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 2, 2015

    Robin War #1 certainly is all out war. We know what starts the war, who is involved, and how far this will possibly go. For a two-part event this definitely has the potential to be something memorable in a Gotham that has gone through so much change. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 2, 2015

    Robin War #1 kicks off this crossover in fine fashion. While we currently have Robins everywhere in the DCU between all the titles in this crossover and the weekly Eternal series, King and the art team craft a compelling enough story here to have my attention. Robins vs. Owls, I'm in. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 2, 2015

    Being a huge Robin fanboy, this is an event that I've been crying out for..... well, for years and thankfully, it didn't let me down.  This issue sets the entire stage for this event so perfectly that I don't have any nagging questions going forward, only excitement to see what's too come.  I would have liked to see less artists on the book because of how abrupt the changes in styles were here, but for the most part it was still strong and had some really powerful panels and pages.  Go on and get yourself some Robin War because right now it seems like a gift from DC just in time for the holidays. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Dec 8, 2015

    War begins in tension and confusion. Robin War #1, the opening act of DC Entertainment's latest Batman Office event, serves up tension in plenty, but not perhaps of the type writer Tom King intended. TheRobin Warevent seems to have begun as a small crossover and blossomed, rather suddenly and unexpectedly, into an event consisting of six main books and three independent tie-ins. The evidence of the scramble snakes through the books like a set of geologic fault lines. The particular scars evident inRobin War #1 take the form of hastily assembled panels created by five different artists. The resulting incoherence of visual styles causes a jarring sense of imbalance across the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 2, 2015

    As a whole, this is a fantastic first issue that brings together a lot of characters in a way that's welcoming to new readers and should excite ones who have been around for a while, it got me excited. I can't wait to see where this event goes, hopefully it continues this first issue's excellence. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 3, 2015

    "Robin War" #1 is a strong opening for this one-month event, and it feels like the books drawn into it are all natural fits for the story. Even the one book that could have been very tangential ("Gotham Academy" #13) is given a reasonable method for getting tangled up with the war that's breaking out, and it should be fun to see those characters getting involved. Hopefully, the rest of the storyline can keep up with the high standards set by this first chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Dec 3, 2015

    Robin War #1 brings gritty action and dark consequences tothe Robins of Gotham. With a group on the outside pulling the strings it seems like Gotham may be in real trouble (seriously, why does anyone live in this city?!). Tom King writes a dark storyline infused with witty humor and great one-liners (there's plenty of great lines when all the “real” Robins are together). The artwork this issue keeps a steady flow of talent despite the difference in styles from one artist to the next, none of which seem stifling as you turn the page (which can sometimes be the case when issues jump around so often with the artwork). Can Robin control his temper long enough to help the former Robins help the Robins? The suspense! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Dec 4, 2015

    I'll be honest and admit I totally forgot Tom King was scripting this story, which was a welcome surprise, and his grasp on the different narrative styles of We Are"Robin!, Robin: Son of Batman, Red Hood/Arsenal, and, of course, Grayson, is astonishing. The crux of the "actual" Robins taking a stance is also fun, but feels a bit shoehorned. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 7, 2015

    A strong opening salvo for the "Robin War" crossover. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 2, 2015

    Robin War #1 is not a bad start to this mini-series. The story got off on the right foot, building off of the events in We Are Robin pretty well and setting the stage for what could be an exciting ride. While some characterization and dialogue is a bit off, the writing for the most part is good. The only thing that really hurts it is the artwork, which really doesn't look good with so many people working on it. Overall though, if you are interested in this event and you already read most the comics that are a part of this storyline, give this a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 5, 2015

    Robin War #1 is disjointed in a lot of ways. It's an interesting story, and one just dying to be told at this point in the ongoing plots, but there's a lot to tackle and DC hasn't exactly put their best foot forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.5 - John McCubbin Dec 4, 2015

    Robin War #1 was a solid start for this celebratory crossover, but ultimately it wasn't as impressive as I hoped it would be. Despite giving us a magnificent premise, the ill paced narrative makes it hard to enjoy this story, as despite all the different developments being interesting, the execution felt rather sporadic and all over the place. Nevertheless the creative team did enough to leave me eager to read more, and if you're a fan of the Boy Wonder then this is something you need to check out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Dec 2, 2015

    Robin War #1 is similar to many Batman crossovers of the past. We are made to believe that reunions are happening, when they've taken place in other comics. If you are stepping into Robin War as a new reader, this is fine. However, having read the lead-ins up to this #1, it raises some eyebrows. - See more at: Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 3, 2015

    Fingers crossed that this event reveals itself to be much more once the crossover issues start rolling out. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 2, 2015

    There's plenty of potential with this new crossover, even if this first issue only occasionally takes advantage of it. The idea of Gotham's new army of teen vigilantes being force to account for their actions and prove their valor is sound. But between the sporadic quality of the characterization, poor framing of the conflict and the haphazard artwork, this issue makes too many missteps along the way. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 3, 2015

    Dark, ominous and full of conspiracies, weirdly contrasted by upbeat Robin antics… Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 2, 2015

    The Batman office has long been DC's bread and butter, and with Batman selling like hotcakes, it's no surprise that DC would put out spinoff after spinoff after spinoff - with the current crop actually being pretty high-quality across the board. But there comes a point of oversaturation even with the Dark Knight Detective, and I think we're seeing that play out with Robin War, a series that struggles to fit in its expansive cast even with 36 pages of story. Some of this isn't Tom King's fault - like I said, DC's been tapping this particular well for months already - but at the same time, there isn't enough depth to Robin War to really ruffle anyone's feathers. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chase Magnett Dec 30, 2015

    Robin War #1 is a comic with no idea what it wants to be about. It is not about the identity or significance of Robin. It is not about urban vigilantism. It is not about real world issues. It isn't even about a battle between some of DC Comics' most beloved characters. Everything about this start feels forced from the premise to the execution. There is real talent attached to this comic, but the scattered characters and premises at play are unable to be put back together by King or any of his collaborators. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Dec 6, 2015

    Robin War #1 does try to add some depth within the event formula, but the result is underwhelming. I do hope that it gives We are Robin a sales bump, because that book is great and its regular artists turn in the best pages of the issue. But unless you want to see how this series impacts the main Robin titles, Robin War #1 not a good start. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComickerPerson Dec 2, 2015

    Strong issue that fleshes out all of the different characters that will be involved in the Robin War. Some (like Tim and Jason) are better here than in their own series. Duke makes for a strong and relatable protagonist. It's a considerable step up from Batman and Robin Eternal.

  • 9.0
    ChrisC Dec 2, 2015

    Great dialogue had me overlooking the somewhat lackluster art in places. Signs of great pace and writing.

  • 9.0
    Supes' soups Dec 2, 2015

    This was solid first chapter. Very involving although it does remind me a little bit of Marvel's Civil War event and how the whole thing started in the first place. The Court of Owls always makes things interesting. Since the next chapter will be part of Grayson, I expect it to be good.

  • 8.0
    Quietomega Dec 3, 2015

    Very strong start to the crossover, with Tom King getting the characterisation of each of the characters and delivering a very intriguing plot. The issue is bogged down by how many artists there are; there is no way to keep the book looking consistent, and there are pages which look more obviously rushed than others.

  • 5.5
    Yahya Dec 4, 2015

    The opener, the media coverage, Damian's return, Jason's bar scene were the strongest parts of the issue but that's doesn't mean the awkward dialogue didn't hinder their impact. It was a recurring problem as the Robins chose to break the fourth wall with "I am Robin!" catchphrases throughout the book which came off as forced. There's a grave mistake on Tom King's (or the editors) hands at the end of the book when Travis (the killer Robin) says that Duke saved Damian even though the latter didn't require anyone's help to stop Jim Gordon nor was he scratched by the amateur Robins in the gym fight. The art shifts a lot between the many artists who have different renditions for guys like Tim Drake who appeared like a child during Jason's introductory scene. The plot has a black and white intake on Gotham City's politics. There's also a very convenient tone in regards to the GCPD's role and how it served the plot's progression like with Duke getting arrested for wearing red sneakers. The last act was confusing as Duke, the amateur Robins leader, who ran away from the GCPD and acknowledges their injustice suggests to the cop killer Robin to hand himself in to the police without any consideration to how this gesture could be exploited by the councilwomen Noctua. A decision that contradicted the leadership role that's being set for him.

  • 8.5
    Vancha Dec 31, 2015

  • 8.0
    TheFallenKing13 Dec 2, 2015

  • 8.0
    MisterMelo Dec 2, 2015

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Dec 5, 2015

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Dec 5, 2015

  • 8.0
    Redeadhood Dec 16, 2015

  • 8.0
    Dyogo26 Dec 16, 2015

  • 8.0
    Serverarbengan Jan 12, 2016

  • 8.0
    Nuckster77 Jan 17, 2016

  • 7.5
    Rotivv Dec 2, 2015

  • 7.0
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