Steven Lee Sharpe's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Dark Knight News Reviews: 12
7.9Avg. Review Rating

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Batman vs. Robin (2022) #1

Sep 13, 2022

There's so much to enjoy in Batman Vs Robin #1, both in terms of style and content; from single moments (don't get me started on the reunion “acceptance” page!) to intriguing questions, and a high-stakes set-up that has already made this series feel like an event title.

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Batman vs. Robin (2022) #2

Oct 14, 2022

Batman Vs Robin #2 is one of those issues that shows the many threads that make up the tapestry of the DCU. Thankfully, it's not just that. Thanks to Mark Waid's writing, this is also a story about a young man who's got mixed up with some bad people who have affected him so badly that he's turned on his father. Oh, it's also about a dad who's out of his depth and seemingly powerless in the face of this other world that's influencing his son.

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Batman vs. Robin (2022) #3

Nov 8, 2022

Three big fights, Damian's story, the introduction of Devil Nezha's plot, plus a Batman who's confronting his past actions with the previous Robins. It sounds like too much for one issue, and it almost is. Each fight with a Robin could've been half a comic on its own. That aside, Batman Vs Robin #3 juggles everything well while still finding space for a meditation on the theme of parenthood which gives the series its emotional weight. The importance of both story and character in this series continues to build impressively.

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Batman vs. Robin (2022) #4

Dec 21, 2022

It's a lot to pack in of course, but wouldn't be great if all comics were this good?

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8
Batman: Dear Detective (2022) #1

Sep 7, 2022

Why does Bermejo seem to fit the Batman universe so well? He certainly seems to get the best out of darkness in his images. Also, his realistic style suits a character without superpowers dressed in a uniform slugging it out with grotesque versions of psychopathy – a fact he clearly understands in the way he's written the letter in Dear Detective. Either way we should all be happy that he's made a home for himself here.

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The Riddler: Year One (2022) #1

Oct 25, 2022

DC have created a trailer for this issue, which features a conversation with Paul Dano and matt reeves. Watch out for it, later today on Dark Knight News!

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The Riddler: Year One (2022) #2

Dec 27, 2022

If you had any suspicions that this series would be a character study rather than a plot-heavy, revelation-filled yarn, then The Riddler: Year One #2 will confirm it. In some ways it doesn't add too much to the plot in the first issue; Edward Nashton is like one of the rats that keep popping up in the background of the comic, scurrying around, seeing all, but ultimately ineffective. The thing is, that's the point; to watch him sink further in his desperation and powerlessness until something gives. The fact that Nashton's road to hell is paved with good intentions brings the story pathos that evokes Batman: The Killing Joke.

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7
Tim Drake: Robin (2022) #1

Sep 27, 2022

In terms of tone and character, the comic finds its feet quickly, it now just needs the chance to build on the detective element.

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7
Tim Drake: Robin (2022) #2

Oct 25, 2022

Tim Drake: Robin #2 has a lot of youthful energy to it, but sometimes it feels a little too young. Tim's in danger of coming across as someone new to the superhero role. However, the artwork's charming, the momentum of the plot is growing and it ends on a page that begs to be followed up on.

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7
Tim Drake: Robin (2022) #3

Nov 24, 2022

Tim Drake: Robin #3 is probably the issue that's best balanced. We get a nimble, acrobatic-based action sequence, a relationship conversation that also has an added layer of intrigue, and then the raising of the villain plot. In a series that has felt more teen-targeted than young adult, this is an issue that feels more focused, maybe because Drake's getting more focused himself.

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Tim Drake: Robin (2022) #4

Dec 29, 2022

It may sound contradictory, but while the story's developing at a pleasing pace, there's a rushed feel to its execution meaning that some moments are either a little muddled or don't quite ring true. Given the amount of character and story drama going on, it strangely gives Tim Drake: Robin #4 a lightweight feel, although the series is still managing to maintain its charming Young Adult tone.

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Tim Drake: Robin (2022) #5

Jan 25, 2023

He's reached the lowest point on his journey to consolidate his personality, both as a young man and as Robin. His complaint that he can't make his attempt at a new costume fit has metaphorical weight. Although I have quibbles about the storytelling on occasion, the character arc and narrative arc have tied in nicely and the issue teases an intriguing proper showdown between hero and villain. I'm looking forward to seeing Tim feeling comfortable in that promised new costume.

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