Robin & Batman #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dustin Nguyen Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 68
9.4Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

The legendary story of Batman and Robin has reached nearly mythic proportions: the crime-fighting Dynamic Duo, always one step ahead of the criminals they pursue and never meeting a case too big. This isn’t that story. This is the story of a young Dick Grayson, newly orphaned, struggling to find his way in a strange, difficult, dark new world…This is the story of Robin and Batman. The bestselling creative team behind the Eisner-winning Descender, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, reunite in Gotham City to tell the story of a remarkable young man learning to navigate an incredible new world!

  • 10 - Evan Valentine Nov 10, 2021

    Robin and Batman #1 feels perfect, wherein I was wracking my brain looking for faults but wasn't able to find any. The story of Dick Grayson has been told countless times before, but this feels like one of the best retellings of Robin's early crime-fighting career beside the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 10, 2021

    Robin and Batman #1 is amazing in every sense. The story is great. The art is beautiful. The combo is unreal. It's a hell of a debut from two creators who have already set a high bar. One issue in and I'm already demanding more from this team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 9, 2021

    I have never been disappointed by a Jeff Lemire story, and Robin & Batman #1 is no exception. With a writer of Lemire's calibre paired with a fantastic artist to deliver a story featuring the original Dynamic Duo, Robin & Batman can't fail to be a hit. Read Full Review

  • 10
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Nov 12, 2021

    What's old is new again as Robin & Batman presents a gorgeous retelling of the first days of the iconic dynamic duo, focusing deeply on the characters and their traumas, personalities, and the struggles to retain who they are in this burgeoning partnership. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, with letterer Steven Wands joining them, showcase just why they work so well together and have won awards for their collaborations as they take a break from creator-owned to visit Gotham City. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Nov 13, 2021

    Not only are we getting a story worthy of joining Batman: Year One, and The Long Halloween as true, tried, and tested masterpieces, we're also seeing things from a brand new angle. Hearing Dick Grayson finally tell his side of the story, and then have it tie in with a classic Batman villain's genesis too adds even more layers to a fantastic first issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Nov 10, 2021

    Without doubt, one of the best books I've read this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Cody White Nov 9, 2021

    From the superstar Descender team of @jefflemire Dustin Nguyen and @swands comes a thoughtful and heart-wrenching look at how a young Dick Grayson comes to terms with being an orphan in Robin and Batman #1 from #DCComics. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 9, 2021

    Robin and Batman looks like a title to closely follow the next three months. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Nov 9, 2021

    Robin & Batman #1 is a near-perfect coming-of-age story about the moment when Dick Grayson transitions from Bruce Wayne's ward to Robin. The human elements and emotional complexities are spot-on and believable for the foster relationship between Dick and Bruce, and the comic interweaves the family drama aspects seamlessly into a proper Batman detective story. This is one of the best Batman-family comics I've read in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 9, 2021

    Based on this first issue alone, I think this is destined to be a new classic Bat-story and one of the best Robin stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - soycornholio Nov 11, 2021

    Robin and Batman #1 by Jeff Lemire is the opposite of what we are normally accustomed to with early Batman and Robin stories. Yes, Batman is here. Yes, Alfred is here as well, but this is squarely a Robin story. Batman is almost like a background character. You can feel his presence, but he is far from being the main character. If you are a fan of Robin or even early Dynamic Duo stories, I would 100% recommend checking out this issue. The only downside is the number of issues! There are only 3! DC, it would be nice if this was a 12-issue series like Task Force Z but hey, maybe this entry of the Boy Wonder can be neatly wrapped in 3 issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Nov 9, 2021

    Robin and Batman #1 adds new details to an old tale. Lemire seems to still find new stories to tell about this character, but by digging into his past. Focusing on such a specific element actually opens up a rich vein to explore. It also allows the writer to revisit the troubled chemistry between Batman and Robin, breathing new life into their world. But there is also awesome action, incredibly clever twists and a distinct art style that will absolutely draw attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 9, 2021

    'Robin & Batman' contains an honest depiction of grief and how people different cope in different ways, all without ever teetering over the edge into feeling hopeless. If there's one thing Robin represents, it's hope " he just has to find it for himself first. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 9, 2021

    Nguyen delivers some impressive and beautifully done art throughout the issue. The art gives great emotional weight to the story and the style is perfect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 13, 2021

    Really great start to what could be a very entertaining mini-series. Robin is not too difficult a character to adapt to a dark and gritty Batman, and this series looks to be confirming his coolness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Nov 14, 2021

    It should be no surprise that a dream team like Lemire and Nguyen would create such an intriguing book exploring maybe the most famous case of trauma bonding in modern fiction: Batman and Robin. So far, it's definitely shaping up to not be your typical origin reimagining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Nov 9, 2021

    From the creative team that's been assembled to the concept behind the series, Robin & Batman should be right up my alley. It almost reaches perfection, but a few personal quibbles hold it back. Even still, there is no reason that I wouldn't recommend this at the very least on a technical level, because the craftsmanship is second to none. Here's to hoping that the brief glimpses of heart and warmth come to the forefront in the next two chapters, because there's potential for greatness here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Emmetdavis7 Nov 10, 2021

    The Boy Wonder and one grumpy Batman. Look at it from a kids point of view. Look at it like you are a young boy trying to win the approval of your father or parent. Dick is just that, a kid. One step forward with issue #1, two more to take. Don't expect earth shattering storytelling here with issue #1. The doesn't hold it back in anyway. In fact its still great. The seeds are there for more. Read Full Review

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