DC Comics review 4/27/21 – Robin #1, Action Comics #1030

Robin #1

Robin #1

Chalk this up to fortuitous timing. In the same week Mortal Kombat arrives in theaters, writer Joshua Williamson and artist Gleb Melkinov send Damian to his own tournament to the death.

Robin is on a trek to further hone his skills while the rest of the Bat Family search in vain for Batman’s son. Williamson doesn’t suggest the book will constantly have Batman and company guest appearances, which is the smart approach as a solo Robin title needs to be able to thrive without The Dark Knight showing up every other issue.

Williamson made sure to include some of the already existing deadliest fighters in the DCU while explaining why some more familiar faces aren’t making an appearance.

The premise is decent and has possibilities. It’s really just a matter of how long Williamson can keep the tournament action in play and Robin’s subsequent path.

Melkinov’s artwork is solid and is a good fit for Robin. His style wouldn’t work for every character but his looser, animated pencils and coloring work well in this latest chapter of Damian Wayne.

This was a solid debut that effectively writes Damian out of Gotham and sends him on a fresh path with new characters and some familiar fighters. Williamson and Melkinov could have one of the strongest Infinite Frontier titles DC has released so far.

Rating: 9 out of 10