Robin War #2

Robin War #2

Event\Storyline: Robin War Writer: Tom King Artist: Khary Randolph Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 13, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 14
7.1Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

The stunning conclusion to the Robin War is here!

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 13, 2016

    Robin War #2 caps off this crossover with a bang and I am excited for where the aftershocks of this story will take some of these characters. Tom King, Khary Randolph and the rest of the art team deliver a great story with some very memorable moments and if you're a fan of any of the Robins and were waiting to see what the verdict was on the entirety of Robin War, I can say with certainty that you should check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brittany Anne Jan 15, 2016

    Do you need to read all the other side stories that are in the other comic books before you actually read the second part of this Robin War? Not really, but I recommend you do, because it's such a good story! Apparently, this is something that DC Comics will try to give us a new side of how we see the 'Robins'. Which is the reason why we had this Robin War; we are so used to seeing them as good and they are, but some things are going to change and that starts with Grayson. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Jan 14, 2016

    Robin War #2 has a pretty big plot twist that makes sense and is surprising, takes some risks with the character of Dick Grayson, and has an energetic blend of art styles from the big painted imagery of Khary Randolph to the slow burn storytelling of Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez as well the street level anarchy of Carmine Di Giandomenico, the more traditional superhero work of Steve Pugh, and finally the rough and tough cartooning of Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jan 15, 2016

    "Robin War" #2, as well as the previous chapters of this mini-event, is an example of crossovers done in an enjoyable and meaningful way. There is no filler and instead the focus is placed on character. One of Tom King's strengths is characterization and he compels us to care for these characters. He brings Dick, Duke, and Damian to life and gives them moments that make us want to continue the journey alone with them on their future exploits. With more than capable artists working with him on "Robin War" #2, King has effortlessly closed one chapter on the Robins' saga while setting up a perilous future for one of the boy wonders. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 16, 2016

    All in all, this was a really solid finish, storywise. But like I said, the art is all over the place. It's not bad, per se, but it's clearly not these artists' best work. It's rushed, sloppy, and only some of it fits together. It's just really disappointing that DC couldn't handle the art better on this crossover. It wasn't that big. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jan 21, 2016

    “It was the owl that shrieked, that fatal bellman.” So says Shakespeare in the second act of Macbeth, reflecting the belief of his time that owls were heralds of death and to hear one booting on the roof was to know that someone in the house would soon perish. Gotham City has little in common with Elizabethan England, but rather more similarities with the imagined Scotland of Shakespeare's cursed play. Murderous treachery abounds among the elites of Gotham, and it doesn't take much effort to envisage Lady Macbeth ensconced in one of Wayne Manor's neighboring mansions. For that matter, who would be surprised to find the three witches of the Scottish play living amidst the trash of the Narrows? Most of all,MacbethandBatman share a sense of darkness in broad daylight, of creeping unease just below the surface of all events and interactions. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Jan 15, 2016

    I love the way this series started but the end result was rather "meh" with the way it all ties together. I was expecting more input from Jason Todd and Tim Drake at the very end, the spotlight felt pretty lopsided but it was still an enjoyable story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jan 13, 2016

    I must admit this wasn't as strong of a conclusion as I had hoped for. Too many artists worked on this issue and the result of this crossover more so affected one character as opposed to Gotham as a whole as I would have desiredThose looking to see where the ramifications of this story will lead will have to pick up upcoming issues of Grayson (hint, hint). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 13, 2016

    Originally I was really excited for this Robin War event because it was something that I was begging for for a long time, but after having issue after issue of lackluster chapters to this story, I have to say that my excitement was waning.  While this issue doesn't have the same scope and feel as the first chapter to this event, it does a decent enough job wrapping up and it gets me excited for what's to come with the majority of these characters.  The art was half decent at times, but with this many artists on a book it's hard to really stay in the story when the style constantly changes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 14, 2016

    While there's a fun twist at the end of this book, this story never quite figured out who its primary focus was, and that kept Robin War from really igniting fully. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 15, 2016

    After a rough second half of the crossover, "Robin War" #2 stepped up the game for a good finale. With promises of real consequences and the ongoing menace of the Court of Owls, it's been an overall successful story, one that upped the overall profile of the secondary group of Batman titles. If these new elements in play can stick around, "Robin War" will be remembered for some time to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Jan 14, 2016

    The issue concludes with The Parliament of Owls welcoming Dick, as he places an owl mask on his face, into their ranks as the Gray Son of Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Jan 18, 2016

    I'd reason this had good intentions but I find the entire event somewhat rushed and sloppy and the main actual Robins don't come off very well. I feel like this could have been handled a lot better? Perhaps it's due to the Owls, who as a concept I've never particularly liked. Do check it out to support the “We Are Robin” crowd as they are part of the next-gen Batman family after all, and we'll be seeing them rise in importance for sure. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jan 13, 2016

    Robin War #2 is an event with a fun premise that ended up being a bit disappointing overall. While the ending has potential with where it leaves several of the characters, the rest of the comic leaves a lot to be desired. I was looking very much forward to this mini-event and seeing what Tom King could do, so it's really sad to say all of this. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 19, 2016

    Robin War #2 doesn't completely knock things out of the park. There are several problems with the use of characters not named Dick Grayson, Damian Wayne or Duke Thomas. The "Robin Law" quickly being swept under the rug was also a disappointment. That said, there are several big things that happened during Robin War #2 that make it worth reading for Batman fans. These new developments are sure to leave lasting ramifications that will drive the Batman Universe 2016 forward. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 14, 2016

    The Robin War crossover wraps up in this issue pretty much as it began - full of interesting but half-baked ideas and a tone that's all over the map Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Vancha Feb 9, 2016

    There's two things I can say for sure. Firstly, perfect little Duke needs to go away. He's loathable in his flawlessness. We Are Robin #7 did a good job at putting him in his place, but that's all undone here. Here we have Grayson and Damian looking like the amateurs and Duke the unwavering hero. It's all backwards. Secondly, Damian gets completely mishandled by King. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't completely contrary to where Damian is in his own series, but he's just been through this huge journey of redemption and finding out who he is, and then his character gets conveniently contorted in this just so Duke-the-absolutely-wonderful can "redeem" him in this issue. It's crap.

  • 5.0
    Yahya Jan 18, 2016

    As a complete story, this event was troubled with rushed concepts that were poorly executed on the script as well as the multiple pencils on art duties. This event had two clear goals; prematurely establish Duke Thomas as a capable figure among the Robins while setting up Grayson's story in his book with the Court of Owls. As an objective, King manages to set both plots into motion even if it relied heavily on convenience. An element that influenced the exposition of Duke’s story since his reappearance in Bermejo’s We Are Robin after his role in Snyder’s Endgame story where he lost his parents. Duke is a promising character who, based on Snyder’s Batman run, has an old connection to Bruce since the events of Zero Year so it’s a normal transition for him to end up in the Bat family. However, two problems were evident from the start, the first concerned Damian’s place in Snyder’s run and the other was Duke’s contradicting skillsets. For instance, he’s depicted as a capable figure in acrobats even though he’s acrophobic, lacks any martial arts training but is capable of standing up to Grayson & Damian while spotting trained stealth assassins, possess deductive skills that exceed those of Tim Drake. The kid is a raw concept that is being set irrationally without gradual development and at the cost of other characters, a flaw similar to the forced introduction of Harper Row’s Bluebird persona last year. Despite these contradictions, Tom King manages to make the character grow on the reader as the emotional and psychological layers of the character are unraveled at the final pages even though some of them were convenient and irrational like Duke figuring out the secret identity of Damian Wayne. The interaction between Damian & Duke is a deep and an enjoyable one especially the promise of friendship between the two. Grayson's fate on the other hand relies entirely on the upcoming event in his book this March.

  • 4.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Jan 15, 2016

    This series started so strong is it is sorta infuriating how badly this ends. The conclusion with Damian Wayne was ok, but the final reveals dealing with Grayson are so infuriating I was tempted to chuck my ipad at the wall.

  • 3.5
    myconius Feb 21, 2016

    had some decent moments, but overall was pointless and necessary! i hate cross over events that lead up to nothing! "Continued in the pages of Grayson" ... NO it wasn't!!!! and even still, what a middle finger at the loyal fans who invested in this crap! "Continued in the pages of.." GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

  • 8.5
    ComickerPerson Jan 13, 2016

    Overall, it's a strong finish, despite a few loose ends not being completely addressed. The character arcs for Duke, Damian, and Dick are done very well, with their contrasting viewpoints of what the Robin mantle mean to each character. It does feel a bit rushed at times, with not every plot point from previous issues being fully fleshed out, and the artwork is inconsistent due to all the different artists. Still, it's one of DC's better events, and certainly worth a read (tie-ins notwithstanding).

  • 7.0
    TheFallenKing13 Jan 13, 2016

  • 6.5
    Redeadhood Jan 25, 2016

  • 6.5
    DXO Feb 8, 2016

  • 10
    Hilbut Jan 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Jan 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    MisterMelo Jan 14, 2016

  • 8.0
    Nuckster77 Mar 6, 2016

  • 7.5
    Quietomega Jan 13, 2016

  • 7.5
    Serverarbengan Jan 15, 2016

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