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Robin #1

Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Gleb Melnikov Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 28, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 47
8.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

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After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: winning the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe! But first he must find the secret island where it’s all going down! This brand-new solo Robin series will force Damian Wayne to find his own path away from both sides of his family! New mysteries! New supporting cast! First appearances of new characters! And lots of fights!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson Apr 27, 2021

    Robin #1 starts off big and keeps up the momentum, and I for one am a solid fan of Damian Wayne/Robin thanks to this creative team. It will be great to see the League of Lazarus be unveiled over time, how Robin will survive against opponents no doubt much better than he is, and to see who in the DC Universe pops up to confront him, and maybe align with his goals. It's an absolute joy to see Robin become its own title and move out from the shadow of the Bat, so hopefully, fans will uplift this series so it can achieve longevity. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Apr 29, 2021

    Robin #1 is a love letter to Enter the Dragon and honestly, I am totally down with that. It is perfectly paced, totally action packed. It has humor AND heart. Honestly, we all only expect humor, flat, Daria like humor out of Damian so for this book to have both, that is a testament to Williamson's amazing writing and Melnikov's amazing art. Can't wait to get issue 2. Between this, Urban Legends and Nightwing, the Robins are on a hot streak. Great news for all of us. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Apr 27, 2021

    If you're looking for a good action-packed comic series, look no further. Yet beyond the martial arts mayhem, Robin #1 is a fantastic introduction to one of modern DC Comics' most interesting characters and the current state of the Batman universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - soycornholio Apr 29, 2021

    Final Thoughts:My biggest complaint about this story is that it was too dang short! I wanted more. DC has spoiled us during these last few months with the mammoth undertaking of the Infinite Universe. In some cases, we were treated to 3 full stories in one issue. On one hand, I am happy that they have returned to the one story status quo. On the other hand, for a comic like this, I would love to see some type of back story. Damian Wayne needs to belong to DCs Black Label. We need full-on cursing, blood, and guts with any story he is a part of. I would 1000% recommend picking up this comic. You will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 28, 2021

    Old school fighting tournament meets the DC Universe in the latest entry into the increasingly diverse offerings coming from the publisher's Batman line of books. Bold, loud, colorful, gorgeous, and intriguing are just a handful of words that can describe this debut issue that presents something both familiar and different at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 27, 2021

    This was a solid debut that effectively writes Damian out of Gotham and sends him on a fresh path with new characters and some familiar fighters. Williamson and Melkinov could have one of the strongest Infinite Frontier titles DC has released so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 27, 2021

    This is the book Damian Wayne fans have been asking for, and so far it delivers in spaces. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Franco Giacomarra Apr 27, 2021

    This new series from an outstanding creative team sets the stage for a story that will explore Damian Wayne's fractured identity through a unique lens, while also providing plenty of action, thrills, and new characters along the way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Fay Clark Apr 27, 2021

    I have no predictions at this point, because I've already been blown away! Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Apr 28, 2021

    Robin #1 is a simply outstanding debut featuring two DC creators at the top of their collective game. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Matina Newsom Apr 27, 2021

    This first issue of Robin is a lot of fun. It does a great job getting all the pieces in place for the rest of the story it plans to tell. Williamson takes his time both showing us Damian's journey to Lazarus Island, and where the other people in his life are right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Apr 27, 2021

    Melinkov uses expressive, detailed drawings to convey this story. The color work is well done and perfectly fits with the tone of the issue. The action scenes are exciting and interesting. The expertly done panels are very engaging and serve to draw the reader further into the tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - B. Radtz Apr 27, 2021

    The book is pedal to the metal almost from the jump, and the art and colors are kinetic, but it was the tender moments with Batman and the Bat family, and a brief interlude thats just a figment of the grandson of the demons (told you) imagination that were the biggest winners for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 27, 2021

    Robin #1 is a solid start. It's the attention Williamson gives to its main character that really stands out. While the overall concept is one that's been done many times before, the focus on Damian and his personality makes this one interesting. This is a series to definitely check out and a character to keep an eye on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Apr 30, 2021

    A wonderful and action-filled way to kick off the new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 28, 2021

    Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov waste no time in getting the League of Lazarus Tournament started in Robin #1. You are immediately caught up to speed with where Damian Wayne is at this point in his life and why he would take part in a fighting tournament to the death. The presentation for the tournament itself gets you hyped for how things will turn out for Damian when all things are said and done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Donald Townsend Apr 28, 2021

    Honestly, I thought the Mortal Kombat, Bloodsport, etc. type of story this had been hyped up to be was going to water down my excitement for a new Robin title, but Williamson's team seems to be gearing up for something special in this series. I'm actually loving the new costume, though I do hope we get some tweaks now and then so that we can get some more green back into the design. If his outfit is being used as a further storytelling element, which will change and morph as Damian truly grows, I'm all in for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 27, 2021

    Damian Wayne is on his way to kick some ass and possibly take some names as he finds himself in a knock off Mortal Kombat scenario and since I can look beyond this aspect, I had a bunch of fun with this issue and hope that this little adventure of life and death that our former Robin finds himself on will lead him back to the Bat-Family and maybe humble him a bit along the way. Great art throughout and a pretty decent first showing here with a cliffhanger that will make you pick up the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Apr 27, 2021

    There is a ton of opportunity when exploring the most skilled hand-to-hand combatants of the DCU, and Robin #1 is a fast-paced, punchy leap to an island full of possibility. But if you want the readers to care what happens next, let's not forget to earn the feeling amidst all the fight. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 1, 2021

    Enjoyable issue that kicks off what could be a very interesting and fun story. It's very focused on Damian right now, in a good way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner May 3, 2021

    Energetic and entertaining, there is a lot to look forward to in Robin's latest series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Apr 27, 2021

    Robin #1 is a decent issue, there are parts to enjoy, but I wish the team had been more experimental with it, relied on background elements to show changes to Damian’s nature and not resorted to trying to draw back readers with a cliffhanger. I am rooting for this series, I love Damian and think there’s a great story to be told. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    fenixalasnegras Apr 27, 2021

    At least they would have been more discreet or make a really cross over with Mortal Kombat, even Mother Soul is similar to Raiden.

    The whole story is one cliche after another, a copy of Mortal Kombat, it does not surprise me I had seen it coming, in a pairing that DC is doing with its comic characters with its live action from there that Nightwing keeps his series since he is the character that opens Titans, Barbara is not Batgirl is Oracle (I hope they do not want to take a leg off him in the comic) Jason again separated from the family and insisting on making him a murderer, Tim receding to being Robin (I pray you do not make a negroplasty in the comic) of course there was no place to place Damian, it is not a bad tactic to p more

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  • 7.0
    Merlyn Apr 27, 2021

    Not bad, it's just that I expected more and the way some of the best fighters in DCU are just ignored is silly.

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Apr 27, 2021

    Great art and it made Damian Wayne pretty interesting.

  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Apr 27, 2021

    Even though I love all the sons of Batman, Damian is my Robin forever.

    Williamson definitely gets the character very well, and Gleb Melnikov's pencils are gorgeous.

  • 10
    Dave Apr 27, 2021

    Not much bad with this issue except when the Bat family was looking for Damian none of them mentioned if they asked Jon, the one person unlike the Titans who would cover for him.

    The good out weights it including some one remembered Damian is an artist . Little things make me like this book a lot all ready. Now if they’d just fix Jon and bring back Supersons for good.

  • 10
    MainManDan Apr 28, 2021

    Me: Damian, you cocky little shit *smirks*

    Also me in the stands: That's my son. You tell em baby!!

    After the character assassination in Teen Titans my son is finally being done justice. How you ask? Well it's a:


    I have to say i'm enjoying this more than any Bat title and seeing so many cool guest appearances like Ravanger, Connor Hawke, and new faces with awesome designs is getting me hype.

  • 10
    C.V.R. The Bard May 2, 2021

    The impossible has finally been achieved after rising from the dead with a pet from Apokolips , after making his first appearance in Batman No. 666 (which is more Metal than anything Tom King can put out), after making Raven his girlfriend in the DCAU - stil Damien Wayne was a dweeb.
    All it took was a fightingbl tournament and a black suit to make this Robin a certified badass.
    The way the fights are drawn are with a level of realism that doesn't rely on gratuitous gore, though Damien eventually gets Kaino'ed in the first issue!
    Ravager is here, and it looks like Red Hood might have a little competition - but given the Bat Family's sexual escapades with Talia, maybe Deathstroke's daughter might make a run through the famil more

  • 10
    Gavan May 10, 2021

    A perfect representation of Damiens skill along with his cockiness. The cliffhanger ending just puts the icing on the cake. Can’t wait for issue 2!

  • 9.0
    Criminology. Apr 28, 2021

    By this issue it looks like Williamson is setting up a pretty nice arc for Damian. To me the issue feels very well-paced, well-planed and overall an amazing set-up. I really hope this would not turn into the next Flash, because for me that book was also pretty good in the start and not really after that, but looking at this issue i feel like Williamson knows what he is doing with the character, learned a thing or two and has a plan in mind.

    For one issue Williamson defined his Damian greatly and i think that we will see even more of that in the future. Damian here is strong, cocky, thinks he is above everybody and that he knows everything, which as you can probably tell, even in his case is quite ignorant. But ignorance is th more

  • 8.0
    ComickerPerson Apr 27, 2021

    LMAO the idiot who harassed me and then blocked me is randomly screeching about Tim being black in a TV show. Poor guy has me living in his head rent free apparently. This is what happens when you let yourself get brainwashed by idiot Youtubers.

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Apr 28, 2021

    I expected this to be much worse, but the pacing was fine, the story wasn't choked with exposition like with Williamson's Flash. I even thought the ending worked.

  • 8.0
    EDiakota May 7, 2021

    " The word on the street is that Batman always wins. It's hard to be trained by someone who never truly tasted defeat."

  • 7.5
    Afre Apr 28, 2021

    It has an anime-feeling to it. Damian even read some manga.

    But yeah, I'm interested. Don't know where this will go, but so far there is nothing here that makes me not be interested in this.

  • 7.5
    RedKSuperman Apr 30, 2021

    I didn't hate it.

  • 7.0
    Boudi Apr 28, 2021

    It's decent. I liked the way this one ended. And I belive Williamson won't make the same mistakes DC writters keep making when it comes to Ravager. And Melnikov lacks consistency, in one pannel the art is good and in the other it sucks.

  • 7.0
    F.T. Wolf Apr 28, 2021

    Enjoyable. While Damian Wayne gets on my nerves a lot, his entitlement is far from charming and he went way too far in stuff like the Teen Titans run, I found him bareable here. With a little luck, this entire story will humble him some. The last page is a potential indication of that, though I won't go to deep into this to prevent spoilers.
    While the story is nothing we haven't seen before, I'm down for a good tournament arc and the guest-stars such as #Ravager and Connor Hawke have peaked my interest.
    Also: the art is pretty great and that tends to go pretty far with me.

  • 6.5
    AmandaT Apr 27, 2021

    Thanks to someone for giving me a super secret link to check this number.

    I was disappointed, I stopped reading the Batman series a bit and thought that Damian's fate was going to be much more interesting.

    Not bad, but it doesn't meet my expectations.

    PS, I agree that someone requires medication before their psyche is aggravated, mental illnesses must be treated in time.

  • 6.0
    uktsr Apr 27, 2021

    Interested to see where this goes, but it feels predictable. Extra points for good art and inclusion of other batfam characters. If I had to take a guess, Damian will overcome impossible odds and win the tournament?

  • 5.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Apr 27, 2021

    I agree with the lack of originality and now to give it more emotion they put a friend on it, I hope this is not murderous because the hell it would be copying the manga completely.

    Good intro, not exceptional, I think I can give this thing a try.

    And by the way there is someone who needs their paranoia medication. UUUUh someone harasses me, but they have blocked me and ignore my comments and my fake accounts. Bubu HAHAHAHAHA !! What kind of schizophrenic profiles allow here.

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  • 5.5
    myconius Apr 27, 2021

    there were some "ok" moments in this. Damian talking to an imaginary Alfred ghost was cool, but so much of this just felt off. Damian telling everyone that he was Batman's son, and Ra's Al Ghul's grandson was so unnatural. it sounded like dialogue written into a fictional character's mouth. just a very cartoony book. by the time i'd reached the cliffhanger ending, i just wasn't believing any of it.

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