By Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes, Trish Mulvihill, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, and Jared K. Fletcher
Hello friends! We Are Robin #1 introduces us to a world where a collective of Gotham teens—in the aftermath of Batman: Endgame—have begun to take an active role in the crime fighting of their city. The difference is they see the value in numbers and organization. This issue jumps right into things providing some insight about a new recruit, and the Robin organization’s methods. A sufficient narrative is elevated by the art and overall storytelling.
Story: Lee Bermejo does a good job setting up the players in this first issue. Duke is our entry character to this world, so it make sense to spend the most time with him. While I felt we were given a good overview of his situation and attitude, we spent the majority of the issue being told that he is an unhappy orphan who only wants to find his parents. I felt that this could have been handled with less pages, and maybe more time spent with “The Robins”, or at least one of them. I realize this can be dealt with in future issues, but even a short two-page mini mission, where we get to witness a “Robins” operation or something would have been very useful and more pertinent to the series. We were already introduced a bit by the eight-page teaser a few weeks ago, and the in media res nature of that had me a lot more amped than the setup and cliff hang of this issue.
With all that said, Bermejo does a fine job on the whole. There were some nice touches, such as the 21st century communications of the team, and Duke’s mentioning of being afraid of heights and wanting to stay on street level—literally—as opposed to swinging through the air like a superhero. For now, the stage is set, and next issue he can hit the ground running and hopefully flesh out “The Robins” more. I’m interested in learning more, and will definitely be back for the next issue, which is really the main goal of new series’ first issue.
****Minor Spoilers**** Also, I just want to theorize a little, and guess that the epilogue was a possible glimpse of Alfred. Any other guesses are welcome in the comments section.
Art: The big star for me this issue was the art team. Jorge Corona and Rob Haynes did a wonderful job with the visual storytelling. Interesting camera angles, nontraditional panel layouts, and a distinct style made for a wonderfully put together comic. Corona’s style felt reminiscent of Greg Capullo at times, in his character’s faces especially, and he does a wonderful job conveying movement across a page. His angular forms, and slightly exaggerated proportions of characters are visually interesting, and stylistically can only be described as “Cool”.
Colorist Trish Mulvihill utilizes an appropriately muted tone for most of the pages, so that when there is a bright color it jumps right out at you. Gotham, as we all know, is a not a well lit sparkling city, it is a metropolis awash in grays, browns, and blacks. This contrast was especially effective for the pops of red, green, and yellow that our protagonists all appropriately rock.
Conclusion: Overall I enjoyed this issue. Despite some problems regarding the structure, and efficiency of page real estate given the large cast of characters; as I stated before, the premise is solid and I want to read more.
What say you NBC! faithful? I’d love to hear your opinions regarding this issue, or any disagreements with my assessment of it. As always the comment section is for our enjoyment, so have at it; let’s engage! 🙂