Robin Rises: Omega #1

Robin Rises: Omega #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Jonathan Glapion, Andy Kubert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 8
7.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

The hunt for Robin is over, and the battle joined! But Batman's family feud with Ra's al Ghul is about to erupt into something bigger when it's interrupted by the forces of Apokolips! This epic story continues in this month's BATMAN AND ROBIN #33!

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Max Dweck Jul 16, 2014

    Robin Rises: Omega #1 is truly a work of art. The continuity issues really aren't a fault of Tomasi's (nothing he states really goes against anything shown in the New 52) so much as DC editorial's and don't have a lot of bearing on the execution of the story. The execution itself is something special. It's not a very emotionally heavy comic, but emotion does come out over the course of and in the aftermath of the battle, and the battle is a lot of fun to look at. This is exactly what the start of any blockbuster event should be like: Big, bombastic, and leaving the reader wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Val 'Brolossus' Benidze Jul 16, 2014

    Robin Rises: Omega #1 is an sight to see, and has some amazing posing that looks incredible without making the battle look like a physical improbability. The colors are vibrant, but have a dark undertone thanks to some raw looking line art. Everything felt appropriately detailed, and the panels were creative, yet easy to follow. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Jul 17, 2014

    You need this. It's a no brainer. If you're a superhero fan this is exactly what you need to be reading for Batman goodness. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jul 17, 2014

    If you liked Damian as much as I did or 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 the villains to task as they deserve to be fought! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 16, 2014

    Holy shit what an issue.  The battles in this story could rival the conclusion of Forever Evil and man am I happily surprised.  I really didn't know what to expect when this title was announced, all I cared about was getting that little boy back and now I still feel the same way but I'm surrounded by badassery as I do it.  You gotta check this story out if you were a fan of Damian or not because wow.  Just wow.  Congrats on Tomasi and Kubert for putting this together and finally giving the fans of Damian what they want.  Well worth the $4.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 16, 2014

    Pete Tomasi and Andy Kubert kick off this event in style with Robin Rises: Omega #1. This issue is solid from start to finish and provides a great foundation for this story to build upon. Tomasi continues the story he has been masterfully weaving for over a year and Andy Kubert compliments his script well, delivering some great splash pages and capturing the intensity of the action with his solid artwork. While Tomasi and Gleason may be a bit more in sync, this is a creative battery that delivers the goods in this issue, and anyone who is invested in Damian Wayne (or just likes a good story) can't go wrong picking this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 17, 2014

    Overall, Robin Rises: Omega #1 is an exciting read for the upcoming event. The issue feels kind of rushed from time to time, and it feels like the writer is trying to tie up all loose end in a speedy manner. Other than that, the issue has me excited for what's going to happen next, and I can't wait to be there already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 19, 2014

    I may not like the manner in which Tomasi plans to bring Robin back, but I can't argue with the skill he uses to tell the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Jul 18, 2014

    If you can get past the steep admission price and the overtly long recap at the beginning, this is actually a pretty fun book. The is a lot of action, plenty of fun guest stars, and some decent writing. Plus there is Frankenstein. I can't get enough of that guy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 16, 2014

    Robin Rises: Omega #1 is a good start to this new arc, promising an interesting direction for the Batman and Robin series and providing a long, but fantastic looking fight scene. The continuity is pretty messy, but if you can get past that and you are excited by the possibility of Damian coming back, then this maybe the right time to check out this particular series and its one-shot starting point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Cole Kennedy Jul 17, 2014

    While this issue culminates the knowledge of many stories spanning multiple series, none of that takes away from what is presented, which is, at its core, an interesting story that creates a nice progression to the growing mystery of Damian Wayne. The future of this popular character is still unknown, but based on the references to other series, it's shaping up to be a great epic, and one that may force some readers to do some extra homework, followed by some extra purchases. If a few dollars and a bit of time is what is needed to get the full knowledge of this growing storyline, then so be it, because it will be worth it in the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jul 17, 2014

    I've gotta say, this was probably one of the most stressful arc openers I've read in a long while. These next five months are going to be an adventure, and I'm still holding out hope that we'll get the conclusion a lot of the Bat-fandom wants: the return of our favorite assassin child. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 17, 2014

    The series is definitely worth it, so I'll make room in my budget. I'm interested in seeing how it all plays out, and if you are a DC fan not reading the main series I recommend jumping on this one-shot and carrying on with the story afterwards. If you are new to DC (and anything I have said made any sense), this should be a good story anyway but in the wider context may not mean a great deal to you. Regardless, as always you can pick it up at your local comic book shop or through the medium of the internet and apps. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 16, 2014

    The story that no Batman and Robin fan can miss begins here. Actually, it began a year and a half ago. We've seen Batman try to deal with the death of Damian and the lengths he would go to to try to bring him back. A new chapter begins here. Peter Tomasi and Andy Kubert lay it all out for new and continued readers. We get some big action as things heat up with a new kink thrown into the mix. There's so many characters and a lot of fighting thrown in here. You won't want to miss how this story begins. Thankfully we'll only have to wait until next week for the next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - spicytoilet Jul 17, 2014

    It's been a while since I've seen "determined Batman" and man do I miss him. I can definitely recommend this book. The art was fantastic, so was the lettering and the story's pace was absolutely appropriate. We see Bruce Wayne, the grieving father and as a father myself I can relate to the actions he has taken for his son. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jul 18, 2014

    While the folks at Marvel have mastered the art of the brisk recap page, DC has been reticent to adopt such a feature at the start of their comics. This makes it a bit of a surprise when this supersized one-shot begins with not one, not three, but seven pages of recap. And it doesn't just cover the death of Robin and the subsequent search for his body, but every major event since Damian first showed up in the pre-New 52 days. Everything from 'Batman and Son' to 'Death of the Family' is covered; even the ambiguously canonical ' Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Jul 17, 2014

    This issue will be what you make it. All the elements of action, heart, and epic-ness are here. Decide now that you want to enjoy a good Batman comic that costs $4.99 and you will enjoy it. True, this issue doesn't push the story much further, but remember: sometimes a comic is what you make it. I, for one, enjoyed this it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jul 21, 2014

    While the overall plot of this issue boils down to mainly flashback, a brawl, and set up; it's still an exciting read and makes you want to know what happens next. While Morrison may have created Damian, it is Tomasi who truly brought out the best in the character and I hope he will be bringing back Damian in some way, preferably as Robin. Kubert's art is masterful and is a perfect introduction for this new arc. Batman is coming for his son, alive, and woe on any New God who DARES stand in his way. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 16, 2014

    Robin Rises: Omega #1 is a solid start to this storyline, though not as clean and accessible as it should be. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Nikki Sherman Jul 17, 2014

    With a $4.99 price tag, Id say skip this issue if youve been following along. The story will continue in Batman and Robin #33, and nothing entirely crucial happened in this issue. If you like a good fight scene and seeing a few of your favorite heroes come together, youll probably enjoy this issue. But for those looking for a little more in your comics, you might be taking a gamble. 7 out of 10 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 17, 2014

    The lengthy recap will be enough to catch up those unintiated with the saga of Damian Wayne, but it might worry more experienced readers. However, fret not, Bat-fans. This issue clocks in at 35 pages and most of it is an all-out brawl that teams Ra's al Ghul, Frankenstein and Batman against the forces of Glorious Godfrey of Apokolips. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 24, 2014

    As a reader of the Batman and Robin series, this book seemed a bit unnecessary since this could have been handled within the main series. The Justice League shows up in this issue so keeping in tradition of the main Batman and Robin series, it could have been “Batman and the Justice League” for the next month or two's issues. Although you get some fantastic Andy Kubert art, I'm not sure this issue is worth the book's cover price of $4.99. It's a must read if you're hoping to follow Robin's story from here on, I'm just not sure if it required a stand alone one-shot with a $4.99 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 21, 2014

    The coolest part of the issue is easily the connection between this and the opening story arc in Batman/Superman. It seems that Batman actually remembers what happens now, which definitely has some interesting ramifications for the DC universe. My only problem with these scene is that I honestly do not understand why it happened. Sure, it may be unfair to critique this issue because I chose not to read the last year of the book. However, for a story line of this importance, I find it essential to effectively explain what's going on to new readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Gavin Rehfeldt Aug 5, 2014

    Robin Rises: Omega is a confection, an entertainment, but not much more. (Though Ninja Man-Bats VS. Parademons are hard for a comics fan to deny.) This comic has some choice moments to earn its existence besides feeling scrumptiously weighty in my hands like Batman: The Return did in 2011: shifting alliances, gruesome action, witty banter, and epically personal stakes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Collectors - John Wilbanks Jul 25, 2014

    I'm mildly curious to see who the new Robin is. I've heard many names floated as possibilities. I'm not sure I'm going to buy another $5 special to follow the story, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 17, 2014

    Shockingly little happens in this issue, which is mostly a big fight fest, but there's a somewhat enjoyable old-school, anything-can-happen feel to it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 16, 2014

    In a lot of ways, Robin Rises: Omega is almost a critic-proof comic. There's no use imagining any new twists and turns, because there seriously aren't any. This is a fight comic. The only escalation is more people causing more punching, leading (theoretically) to the next set of punching in Batman and Robin #33. After all the needless twists and turns following Bruce Wayne's death, maybe a little bit of straightforwardness is needed. Or maybe, given the long, twisting road towards the resurrection of Damian, this is where Peter Tomasi's universe-spanning saga finally jumps the shark. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 20, 2014

    Despite decent art by Andy Kubert, the one-shot does nothing to sell me on a story whose outcome I actually want to see (just not further drawn out over many more months). Given my dislike for the New 52 version of Apokolips I'm not looking forward to see those characters get more attention, either. I want Damian back, but that doesn't mean I have to stick around and read the awkward lengthy rebirth DC has planned. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 17, 2014

    Andy Kubert's angular, kinetic style is a good fit for the action-packed nature of this comic book, and he certainly conveys the chaotic nature of the conflict. Unfortunately, his linework here seemed rather rough at times, even rushed. Figures often lack definition so as to make it a little unclear of what's happening at times. Ultimately, I think what's working against this comic the most is the fact it really wasn't an intention of the creator who came up with the Damien character in the first place. It appears Grant Morrison always intended for Damien's story to end with his death, but given the most Robin's popularity, this event comes off as an effort by DC to cash in on that popularity. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 16, 2014

    There are some interesting tie-ins here, both to "Superman/Batman" as well as current events in "Justice League" (just in case you hadn't guessed the new line-up), but that's not enough of a lure to read a comic. Tomasi's capable of far better than this, and this feels like a one-shot for the sake of a one-shot. It's nice to have Kubert step in and draw part of the next phase of the search for Damian, but there's far too much padding to make this really sing. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jul 18, 2014

    The story unfortunately failed for me in all sorts of ways but the artwork was fairly good here. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taffeta Darling Jul 22, 2014

    Overall, fans who've been following this run will be disappointed. Sure the art is fantastic and there are some tie-ins to the current events going on the in DCU with Bats 'n Supes, but really it's all just pointless. I get that Damian Wayne is everyone's new favorite Robin, but is it really worth a road this shitty just to get there? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Speeding Bullets Jul 20, 2014

    This book is the first chapter in the last leg of a story Tomasi has been building up to for over a year. For newer readers you get a streamlined recap/history lesson of how we got this point. I can see where some will take issue with the continuity presented here. It strings together pre-reboot continuity with the current New 52 continuity, then ties in elements of Earth 2 and then alludes to a wrinkle that we haven't seen and is presented here for the first time to the best of my knowledge. I really enjoy Andy Kubert drawing Batman even if the consistency isn't always there in this one, the action sequences(and there is no shortage)are a lot of fun. There will be a new Robin come December, I'm on board for the trip.

  • 7.5
    GeninBen Jul 18, 2014

    The last incarnation, and I think the best, is Damian Wayne; the bastard son of Batman. I always liked how his character worked against the brooding backdrop that is Batman. He was what Batman always feared he, himself, would turn into if he let go and acted on his anger. Damian was prone to killing in the name of justice due to being raised to be one of the greatest assassins in the world. The opening of this issue gives you all the backstory you need to understand Bruce and Damian’s relationship. It does a really good job catching you up on what has happened to Batman and to Robin in the past couple of years. The art in the flashbacks is done in a dull lined sketchy kind of style that really makes you feel like you are reading something old. The paneling is done well and the pages are laid out beautifully. The transition to the present is natural and the art change pulls you out of what you just read so you are ready for what is about to happen. The new art is fresh and crisp and brings you into the current story instantly. This issue is full of fighting and awesomeness. The giant fight scene at the end is something worth talking about. Watching Batman let go and punch a few familiar faces felt really good for some reason. One thing that feels kind of out of place in this story is I don't really know how Batman and Darkseid are supposed to fight each other. The last time they came face to face; Batman died. I assume they are not going to do that again since this is a redemption and a resurrection story but I still fear that it will get a little out of hand. This is a great set up issue that gets me really excited for what's to come but I feel that the 4.99 price point is a little rough for something like this. Overall if you are up to date on what has been going on you can ultimately miss this issue but for those of you who love Batman and like watching him kick some ass it's worth every penny. I give this book a 7.5 out of 10.

  • 8.5
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    Serverarbengan Dec 30, 2014

  • 7.0
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