A book about fathers and sons, specifically Bruce Wayne and his son Damian, who has just entered his life a age 10, and Henri and Morgan Ducard, who have their own issues.
Damian Wayne, the titular Robin, is not a very likeable character, so I felt myself rooting for Bruce to find a way to deal with this unmanageable little psycho as opposed to getting behind Damian and his own journey.
Morgan Ducard, AKA "NoBody", is a good-enough baddie, kind of a dark mirror image of Bruce and everything he stands for to give Damian an alternative father-figure to gravitate toward.
I would've liked to have seen more of Bruce's interactions with the legendary Henri, but the flashbacks had to be kept sparse enough to not detract from the main story line set in the present day.
I found the artwork to be bold, well-defined and executed, definitely a cut or two above some of the crowded murkiness of other street-level DC titles of late.
This particular series seeks to explore the father / son dynamic between Bruce and Damian which is what sets it apart from others. It's often very entertaining and interesting.
A kick off for the title in the New 52 reboot has Bruce and Damian trying to figure out where they stand as father and son. Bruce, who holds to his principles, has a son who was trained to kill, and now serves as his Robin. The conflict between the two spills over when a psychopath from Bruce's past turns up. Tomasi's take on the characters is strong and surprisingly well done, and the art generally serves the story well.
The art is weak in a few patches, mostly good in most places (up to professional snuff for an A listed title) and great in a few places. The characters, are all well done, Damian, Alfred, NoBody, and Batman in that order. Given Damian's very dark, i e murderous, nature I guess this story is a natural, even necessary, the idea that Batman, and thus Damian, must never take a life. And Tomasi handled it very well, given that it is a DC Corporate imperative, not a moral one. If Bats kills ANYone, for however good a reason, then he would have to kill most of his rogue's gallery, which would eliminate them, their licensing deals, and a lot of good recurring and recurring historical characters, and perhaps bring heat down on the whole industry. The moral argument is idiotic. Killing NoBody, e.g.,who Batman KNOWS has the skill to escape ANY confinement and who is going to kill again and again, would NOT be a reprehensible act of vengeance, but an act of prevention. Killing the Joker would save thousands and thousands of lives, not be an act of vengeance. For me the story rings very false, but hopefully things will get better. I enjoy reading Bat books, but wish they would stay off this topic. It's corporate policy for DCU main titles, not an interesting moral argument.
WOW! Damian as Robin is awesome. Nobody is a villian that was spooky. I really enjoyed this 52 and hope more are like it. I am glad to see this father and son duo and hope they keep them coming. Best one yet of the 52's.
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