Robin: Son of Batman #2

Robin: Son of Batman #2

Writer: Patrick Gleason Artist: Jeromy Cox, John Kalisz, Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 9
7.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jul 16, 2015

    In two issues, Gleason and Co have created one of the best books from DC on the market today. Gleason really understands Robin and gives us a fun ride while rooting for Damian to atone for his sins in the most action packed way possible. Hopefully Robin and Nobody will bring out the best in each other…before they kill each other in the process! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Jul 16, 2015

    I like the book. It's atmospheric, with gorgeous art and colors, fine peppering of humor to keep it level, and a new supporting female character of color that looks like will be sticking around for a while. I'm interesting to see where all of Damian's missions will take them. It's so nice to have Robin book again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 15, 2015

    Let a creator work on a character they feel strongly about and they'll turn in their best work. Gleason's clear affection for Damian shines through this issue and makes it easier for readers to appreciate what he's doing with the character. While other books rely on snap status quo changes and divisive retcons in order to bring curious readers in, Robin: Son of Batman treads lightly on established continuity to create something fun and exciting that doesn't inherently change anything about the character or his world. That's how you build a character up. Gleason and company are providing the perfect balance of reverence and strong storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 16, 2015

    It was difficult to know how to feel about the idea of Batman and Robin artist Patrick Gleason pulling double duty on this follow-up series. It's quickly become apparent, however, that Gleason is no slouch as a writer in addition to being a very talented visual storyteller. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 15, 2015

    A fun and well-structured second issue that drew me into the series for good, Robin, Son of Batman #2 puts Damian on the right road for adventure and highlights Gleasons dual skills at their best yet. I should also add that the colors by Kalisz and Cox are absolutely brilliant throughout. They add a dimension to the book, and a bombastic flair to the story, that makes all the difference. This is a book that will take us places Batman rarely goes, and Im pretty excited for the trip. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Rainbow Hub - Emma Houxbois Jul 15, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman is just about everything I could want in this title, which is both it's biggest strength and it's most glaring weakness. While it presents a fantastically nuanced and energetic look at atonement, it also skews much older than a Robin title ought to, especially in the midst of the mantle's 75th anniversary. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jul 21, 2015

    Patrick Gleason has the rare opportunity among authors at the Big Two comic publishers to match his story exactly to his images, and he makes the most of it. Gleason has long been known for his dream-like, nearly phantasmagoric tableaux. He is one of the few artists who could convincingly sketch an expedition of the Bat Family to Apokalips and a return visit of the New Gods to the Bat Cave. John Kalisz and Jeromy Cox support him with a color set notable forintense reddish undertones, while Mick Gray's deep shadows add to the unworldly aura. In Robin: Son of Batman #2, Gleason stretches his technique by adapting the lines and shapes of traditional South American pictographs as Damian struggles to atone for the first day of his Year of Blood by returning the head of a magical stone guardian that he stole from a forest village, leaving the inhabitants helpless before the depredations of a local drug cartel. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 23, 2015

    If you haven't been following Gleason's work, I'd encourage you to do so. In my opinio0n, he's been one of, if not the most, consistent artists working today. He's been drawing Batman and Robin for years, and has had long runs on both Green Lantern Corps and Aquaman as well. It's a pleasure to see him now on the writing side, which allows him complete creative control. Although the structure of the story could have been a bit smoother, it was still a great read in a mostly done in one issue. Robin: Son of Batman is a showcase for one of DC's top artists and it needs to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jul 16, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman #2 is another example of DC Comics making a new commitment to fun, hopefully one that will last for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jul 18, 2015

    Robin: Son of Batman #2 was a blast to read. This is a balanced issue that treats the reader to quality character work and exciting action all wrapped up in a well constructed plot. This is a fun adventure title that will appeal to a wide range of readers. I definitely recommend giving Robin: Son of Batman a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - John McCubbin Jul 15, 2015

    Following on from an average first issue is never easy, but a task Robin: Son of Batman #2 has embraced wonderfully. Giving us an exciting turn of events, continuing with Damian's search for atonement, Patrick Gleason delivers the energetic tale that I was hoping for last time round, with this now becoming something worthy of adding to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Jul 16, 2015

    The Born to Kill arc in Batman and Robin was one of my favorite volumes not only from the New 52, but in general. Gleason adding another layer to that storyline is smart. That was a pivotal time and Bruce and Damian's life, so as of now, it's working well during this important time in Robin's life. Digging into Damian's past is a highlight for me, so I'm all onboard for issues such as this. I'm excited for what else is in store during the Year of Blood, and more importantly the Year of Atonement. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ComicBuzz - JAdam Aug 20, 2015

    This comic boasts interesting concepts, from the story, to the character development, to the art and colours. I just wish the story would have been told in sequence, so I could have enjoyed it rather than wonder what the heck was going on. I anticipate the next issue with some trepidation; I hope #3 will retain some of the elements established so far, and drop others. The characterization is good, along with the concept for this series, and this issue had phenomenal artwork, but having a more straightforward plot would have made this issue much more enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Agasicles Stamas Jul 18, 2015

    All-in-all, I liked this issue a heck of a lot better than I thought I was going to. I typically find Damian nauseating and I was expecting more of the same. It is good to see that Gleason plans on moving the character along and aging him a bit (which is what I wish they did with all characters). This book is just a bit off from being truly excellent, though. Damian needs more emotional context by interacting with some other characters that are truly relevant. The relationship between he and Goliath could get there, but right now it is just a boy-and-his-dog sort of fare. Partnering up with the mysterious Nobody could lead him down that path. With a couple of heartstring hooks in the gamut, Robin Son of Batman could be a great run. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 15, 2015

    Two issues in, the series hasn't quite hooked me yet, but it's showing interesting promise in a redemption tale of a character we love to hate. Whether this series dives deeper into Damian's history and messed up past will be key. There is lots that hasn't been discussed and examined about the character (such as his birth), that if we see that, the series may be fantastic. Right now though, it's reading something featuring a character I just don't personally like, and that's something I haven't gotten past…. yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Jul 16, 2015

    Two issues in, "Robin: Son of Batman" becomes an entertaining journey of a character working at the top of his integrity to be the best version of himself. He will trip along the way, which will be great for readers. Gleason understands that a Damian Wayne with no self-awareness will lead to rich storytelling and exploits that part of the character to great effect. Readers missing the classic combination of Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne will feel like they're getting the closest thing to that with this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jul 16, 2015

    Overall this was a good story that propels Damian further down a path of redemption…and I definitely have come to believe that these events must be running parallel to the events of Batman Eternal and prior to Endgame due to the absence of Damian from those stories, as well as Robin not even acknowledging the death of his father. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 15, 2015

    Damian continues his quest for atonement and adds a lot of mysticism to the story along the way. While people going into this series who are expecting a more traditional Robin story might come away disappointed, I think this series could be really fun and I'm really interested to see how the dynamic of the book changes from here on out due to the new main character this issue introduces. While the art isn't as great as I'm used to seeing from Patrick Gleason, this issue is still enjoyable and should be given a chance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 18, 2015

    This comic couldn't be more removed from what I love most about Robin, so I don't think I'll be sticking around for much longer. Read Full Review

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