We Are Robin #1

We Are Robin #1

Writer: Lee Bermejo Artist: Khary Randolph, Rob Haynes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 24, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 14
7.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Spinning out of the pages of BATMAN! The teenagers of Gotham City have adopted the "R" and made it their own. A new Robin? No, HUNDREDS of new Robins! Don't miss the start of this new series from rising star writer Lee Bermejo (JOKER, SUICIDERS), who also provides the covers!

  • 10
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Jun 25, 2015

    All pontificating aside, you're getting plenty of bang for your buck. A book that reads as awesome as it looks. While I hesitate to use the word gritty given the connotations it carries, in this case we have a book that is gritty but also doesn't steer towards being cartoonishly dark. If you're looking for a book that actually does give you a viewpoint in a more modern DC Universe, one that you can relate to, and one that has new and fantastic stories, We Are Robin is a great place to start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 24, 2015

    We Are ... Robin #1 does a lot of things right in its opening issue, while avoiding pandering moves to attract young/diverse readers on the surface. If DC is honest in its commitment to bring in different characters, from different background, that more reflect their desired audience base, then We Are ... Robin might be the best place for a young reader to dig in and invest in a new group of characters - so long as Bermejo, Haynes, Corona and the rest of DC Comics can steer clear of becoming out of touch with a notoriously fickle fan base. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jun 24, 2015

    The premiere issue doesn't reveal much about this rag-tag group of Robins; Bermejo keeps the other kids in the periphery. Their presence is certainly felt, but it's an aloof presence. (Even the splash page reveal keeps most of its members far from the foreground.) The only thing we know for sure is that Duke's future as a Boy Wonder " in whatever capacity " is now a certainty, and it feels pretty damned good. The potential that comes with We Are Robin is limitless. That's fitting for a book about forgotten kids who only want to fly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 24, 2015

    I'm shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did because after the Sneak Peek I simply dismissed this as another gimmick to lure younger readers in, but Lee Bermejo and Jorge Corona have certainly won me over and I take back all preconceived notions I had about this title.  I certainly hope that they maintain this tone of the book because it is one of the best new titles that have come out in the DCYou. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 24, 2015

    There's a lot already a part of DC's Batman universe, but We are Robin carves out a new and unique space that looks like it's going to be pretty entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jun 25, 2015

    I'll certainly be carrying on the series myself and want to see where it goes! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jun 25, 2015

    As I mentioned before, this issue focuses mostly on Thomas so I can't really judge it based on its team. That said, it's clear that Beremejo and Corona have a clear grasp on Robin's place in Batman mythology. There's this interesting theme throughout Snyder's work on various Batman titles about Gotham's citizens, or at least Batman, being symbiotic with the city. It's a living reflections of its inhabitants and their traits. The Gotham of 2011 on isn't just a setting, it's a character. And in “We Are Robin”, it's a character that desperately needs saving. And just as some Robin or other has been there to kick Batman back into shape, The Robins will do the same for Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 24, 2015

    This creative team did just as advertised for We Are" Robin! #1. They created a story where these young ordinary teens turned heroes are more than sidekicks with the name Robin. They are an army and they are sending a message. For now we just have the gist of that message, but it is enough to get an idea as to what Duke Thomas will get himself mixed into. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 25, 2015

    This first issue does a tremendous job at setting up where this book is headed and really hooks you. When everything was said and done, I was chomping at the bit to get a look at issue #2. For a new #1, that is the exact kind of reaction a creative team hopes to hear from their audience. Bermejo and Corona have gotten my attention, and I'm actually hoping that they can keep it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Jun 26, 2015

    Issue #1 of We Are Robin sets up a promising start to an underground world of Robins – but will they be enough to clean up the streets and sewers of Gotham after Joker made such a mess? And how many different combinations of red, yellow, and green are there? Get out your calculators, kids! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 27, 2015

    The work is grounded in realism, with just enough energy and fluidity to have its own style. This is solid comic book art with enough flair to stand out. I like how this comic is shaping up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jun 27, 2015

    The rest of the We Are Robin team makes only a smattering of appearances, so at this point we dont know much about them. The characters get some more face-time in the free 8 page preview you can easily read online. Currently, we are still a bit in the dark about who they are and what drives them. Khary Randolph illustrates a 2-page backup feature teasing a larger purpose for the team. I hope they deliver. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jun 29, 2015

    We are ... Robin is a great example of how comics should bring more diversity into the mix. Bermejo first and foremost creates a compelling story, which ultimately allows him to talk about things like the foster care system, what it's like being a teenager in today's society, and creating a Gotham that actually looks reflective of the world in which we live. Just looking at the team itself, there appears to be multiple backgrounds, perspectives, and walks of life being integrated into the team. Ultimately, this is a book that anyone who wants the comic book industry to reach a wider audience and be more inclusive should support. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jun 25, 2015

    We Are...Robin! #1 introduces readers to an interesting story, but doesn't quite prove its necessity...yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 24, 2015

    Undoubtedly one of the most promising additions to the New DC Universe, it's also a little slow to get going as well. The real crux of the issue doesn't get going until the third act, by which stage you've either invested in the character or you haven't. We suspect this is going to be a slow burner, and definitely one to keep checking back on as the months go by. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 24, 2015

    "We Are Robin" #1 is a good first issue; it re-introduces Duke Thomas and makes him a capable hero-in-training, as well as brings to life the idea of a whole round of Robins operating on the streets of Gotham. So far, there's more than enough here to bring readers back for a second issue. Bermejo, Corona and Haynes have created a new take on an old character, and it works. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 25, 2015

    I really want to care about what's going on but these teenagers sound a bit contrived and it's too early to tell how his book fits into the overall scheme of the Bat-books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 27, 2015

    "We Are Robin" is a good start to the idea that there is an army of Robins running around Gotham. This particular issue takes a long look at Duke Thomas as it gives us a day in the life of. The character has some charm to him but the components that he's dealing with feel very clichd. Overall, the art boosts the reading experience and helps to keep the pace up. This is a decent comic book to take a look at but no real plot appears to be launched. Give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - David Hestand III Jul 22, 2015

    We Are Robin isnt the most exciting of the new debuts, but it is quite ripe with potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Aug 21, 2015

    I wasnt blown away, but its not a bad read. Like the editorial note says, DC is trying to make their comics more appealing to a wider audience, which is a respectable endeavour. And like I said, Im interested to see where this goes now that everything has been established. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jun 25, 2015

    Overall this was a good first issue, however I was a tad confused as to the status of Duke Thomas parents…didnt they die at the end of Endgame? Also, not sure Im a fan of the rebellious, young teenager persona that theyve given him…wasnt a fan when that happened to Jason Todd, so I hope that this wears off soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 27, 2015

    Keeps its secrets a little too well, but looks good and makes me want to know more about the setting and characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 24, 2015

    We Are Robin #1 is not a bad comic, but it's one that could use a lot more work to improve things and more time for the story and characters to develop. Right now, the comic is pretty light on story and there's not much in the way of this whole "Robin Gang" concept being explored. Sure, the writing isn't too bad and the artwork is nice, but things could certainly be better. Before jumping on this title right away, perhaps wait a little bit to see where it goes first. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jun 24, 2015

    We Are Robin! #1 isnt the strongest first issue one could hope for, but there is a lot of potential to the idea of all-new, racially diverse teenagers making the Robin name their own. I want this book to succeed, but it will need to coalesce its character work much faster and deeper going into issue #2 to keep my interest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 29, 2015

    We Are Robin did enough to bring me back, but I wasn't blown away by this first issue. We've seen a lot of Robins or Robin-like characters in the past twenty years, so how this Robin sets himself apart will be a wait and see. Given time, Duke Thomas can be a character to watch, but he'll need an origin and a back story that differentiates himself from those that came before, and he just needs to be more endearing. I'll be back to see if Bermejo and Corona can pull it off and I trust Bermejo to do so, I just hope it's sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Jul 8, 2015

    Despite its flaws, We Are Robin #1 has enough promise and inspires enough interest with its unique concept to keep paying attention. Duke Thomas is one of the more interesting side characters to come along in Batman comics in recent memory, and he is developed well enough here to want to follow his story. The chance to see his journey to becoming the Boy Wonder is an exciting prospect. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 28, 2015

    This issue asks a lot of interesting questions and reintroduces us to a great new character in the Gotham universe, however, as of yet, it doesn't give the reader enough to really get them excited. It's a nice looking start to a much anticipated series, but there's a feeling that it hasn't been given the support it needs. We Are Robin #1 does nothing to dissuade me from buying the series, but it doesn't excite either. Read Full Review

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