Robin Rises: Alpha #1

Robin Rises: Alpha #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 24, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 9
7.0Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

It all ends here! Batman's been to the hells of Apokalips and back just to retrieve his son's body.  But what has he brought back with him? And who is the new Robin?

  • 10
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Dec 24, 2014

    Overall this was a terrific ending to the Robin Rises and I am glad to have Damian back among the land of the living, Tomasi did a good job with showing the emotions displayed by each member of the family and it was all brought to life with some exquisite artwork by Andy Kubert. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Dec 24, 2014

    If you liked Damian as much as I did or maybe even more, this issue is a must-have. If you didn't care for him or have no idea who he is, you'll find this issue a great jumping-on point. Hey, if you're a Batman fan, you'll enjoy this book because it's got the Dark Knight and those strange and wonderful allies he often surrounds himself with, taking to task those villains beyond Batman's ability! That's always fun! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Have-A-Peg Pete Dec 26, 2014

    I really am hard pressed to find something I did not like about this comic, it probably gets the highest score of anything I have reviewed here so far! And I think it deserves it. I now definitely want to get my hands on its tie-up " Robin Rises Omega! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 24, 2014

    Peter J. Tomasi and Andy Kubert deliver a strong one-shot with Robin Rises: Alpha #1. The saga of the young Robin's life, death, and the quest for his resurrection has been epic and for readers who have come on the journey, this is a strong payoff. There are some powerful moments in here and I can't wait to read the next issue of Batman And Robin. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Dec 24, 2014

    Overall, this was a great end to an arc I have really enjoyed. I will certainly be following up on the adventures of Batman and Robin in the wake of this new status quo shake up. Pick this up at your local comic book shop or digital comics platform, and I hope you all have an above-average holiday season! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Dec 26, 2014

    While it doesn't quite stick the landing, Robin Rises: Alpha is still a serviceable conclusion to a roller coaster arc that marks Damian Wayne's return. Now, both he and Batman will have to deal with the new powers that Damian has. This will make things interesting for the Dynamic Duo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Dec 29, 2014

    Essentially, you don't have to read this issue to know what happens. You already know. As much as I don't want to promote DC's money grab or terrible promotion department, I enjoyed this issue. It has heart, yet stays fun. It has depth, yet stays light. It's a good end to a fantastical arc with one of the classiest/coolestfinal splash pages I've seen in a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Dec 24, 2014

    Robin Rises started as an action-packed story that's full of over-the-top and crazy fun. Since then, it has pretty much been non-stop popcorn entertainment and refused to slow down. To no one's surprise, that's also how it ends! It's a bummer so many pages were spent on recap (one detailed intro page would have been great!), but this is still a ton of entertainment and sure to feel like pure fan service for longtime readers of BATMAN AND ROBIN. Robin Rises really is the kind of story that needs to be turned into an animated movie. It's ridiculously fun and has just the right amount of character. Damian's return was a blast and I'm so excited to see what Tomasi will hit us with next in the pages of BATMAN AND ROBIN. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 24, 2014

    Lack of surprise notwithstanding, it's nice to have the character back, and nice to see something positive happen in Bruce's life for a change. There's also the previously spoiled new status quo change for Damian. While this status quo might be problematic if it's intended as a permanent development, it should be an interesting change of pace for a few few months. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 27, 2014

    This was a fine issue, very enjoyable. It's a big fight scene, with little snippets here and there of everybody happy to have Damian back. But like I said, there's not that much fanfare. These characters didn't so much bring somebody back from the dead as they did just rescue Damian from some dilemma. They didn't defy the laws of nature, they just helped a buddy out. So that bit was low key, but everything else was pretty extreme. Tomasi has been writing an epic action story, and closes it off with a solid fight scene against Kalibak. Unfortunately, Kalibak doesn't really mean anything to the Bat-family, and he's not as cool as the Darkseid fight last issue, so Robin Rises " Alpha wasn't quite as epic or intense as the past few issues. But it gets the job done. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 24, 2014

    While I did enjoy this issue more than the last chapter in Batman and Robin it still suffers from not answering any of the questions that last issue brought at the end........ Hell they even have the entire ending to that issue at the beginning here and we still ignore how and why things happen.  Even with my unanswered questions though I couldn't help but feel giddy at Damian's return and while this is more of a chance to showcase Damian's powers than a real ending to the story, it's enjoyable for what it is. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Dec 29, 2014

    Robin Rises: Alpha serves as a punctuation mark on Damian's death and return. Tomasi paves the way for the future of the characters, opening a lot of new doors on stories by the addition of some major changes in the characters. Personally, I'm excited to see Damian back. Batman and Robin went through a very dark period while Bruce struggled with Damian's death. Hopefully, this means we'll see a return to the dynamic duo - albeit with some super additions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Matt Garza Dec 26, 2014

    While this issue successfully brings Damian Wayne back into the fold, has great character moments and plenty of action, this ultimately comes with too high of a price tag and is somewhat of an anticlimactic ending to an otherwise fantastic story arc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 29, 2014

    Now that Damian has returned, I'm much more interested in the aftermath of this tale than "Robin Rises: Alpha" #1 itself. Some revelations are made, but quite honestly, were deflated by spoilers and DC's own promotional department. With Damian returned, how do Tomasi and company keep the title fresh and the partnership on track? The potential for future tales planned in "Robin Rises: Alpha" #1 is immense, but then again, so was the tale of Batman's quest for his son. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Dec 30, 2014

    I think Robin Rises: Alpha #1 as a stand alone 1-shot comic would be really hard to follow without having read the rest of the Robin Rises issues. But, how many people are going to pick this up without already being invested in the series from the beginning? Having read this story from the beginning this was a very disappointing issue to end an otherwise enjoyable storyline. The story was already told, and the rest of the story in the issue was a quick fight scene and the "putting back the pieces" type ending. It felt like filler. Not exactly what I expected from a $4.99 comic book. Unless you're a completionist and need this issue to finish up the series or for your collection, you can skip this issue and not miss out on much. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 25, 2014

    A questionable story development executed in the blandest way. It gets the job done without selling you that it's worth it. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 24, 2014

    Batman & Robin fans are going to wonder why they bought this, and Kubert fans are going to wish they were treated to more good Kubert pages than bad ones. It's kind of bad form all around. The script lacks the heart that's marked Tomasi's tenure as a writer on Batman & Robin. The art lacks the pizzazz of Kubert's better work. And overall, the issue lacks the fun of what's come before. You might be better served just skipping this one, chances are the back matter of any other DC book in the last couple of weeks already gave away the big surprise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    WhiteLantern Dec 24, 2014

    Damien has super strength and super speed, and there might be more to see! The conclusion of Robin Rises gives you exactly what's promised - the return of Robin. I love the idea of giving Damien powers, as it creates a whole slew of stories to tell with him and Batman. It changes their relationship, their dynamic, and it's a bold choice to go with. Peter Tomasi doesn't deliver a lot of heart in this issue, but he doesn't need to. We got the emotional climax last week in Batman and Robin #37, with that killer two page spread of Bruce and Damien embracing. Here, we get a kind of flashback to that, which some might see as a little too long, but for me, works (even if taking out a page or two wouldn't have hurt). Andy Kubert nails the reunion of our two leads, and it's gorgeous to look at. Like I said, while we don't get much heart, we do get a lot of action, including a huge showdown between Kaliback and the Bat-Team. It's a great way to introduce Damien's powers to the reader in a natural way, without needing any expository, overwrought narration. We find out what powers Damien has when he does, which is how the story should be told. Kubert shines on art duties, able to bring this saga of Batman and Robin to a close. We're also given a callback to an earlier issue, with Alfred wanting one night off for the two, but the Bat-Signal lighting up the sky. A small touch, but a good one. Overall, a fantastic end to a story that, honestly, didn't begin in issue #29, but issue #1. This is the end of the single story of a disconnected father and son coming together that we've seen play out over 3 years. Well done. It's highly recommended.

  • 6.0
    nedf23 Dec 29, 2014

    I don't feel this one moved the story along much.

  • 8.5
    Speeding Bullets Dec 26, 2014

  • 8.0
    Serverarbengan Dec 30, 2014

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Jan 24, 2015

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Jan 3, 2015

  • 7.5
    DarePool53 Jan 16, 2015

  • 7.0
    Redeadhood Dec 28, 2014

  • 6.5
    XxM1THRAND1RxX Dec 30, 2014

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