Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Robin Son of Batman Vol. 1: Year of Blood by Patrick Gleason - Book Review

From the publisher: Before he was Robin, Batman's son Damian Wayne was raised by his mother, Talia al Ghul, to lead the vicious League of Assassins--a clandestine army obssessed with world domination. Now, the son of Batman has fully freed himself from that destiny and is about to embark on a globe-spanning quest to atone for the horrible acts he commited during the most brutal portion of his old life--THE YEAR OF BLOOD!

Fan-favorite artist Patrick Gleason not only provides the pencils in this, Damian Wayne's first solo series, he also serves as the series writer. See Where Robin's journey takes him and whether the good deeds of his present can wash away the sins of his past.
Collects ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1-6.

I really enjoyed Patrick Gleason's Robin: Son of Batman. It was a cool story that added a lot of depth to the character of Damian Wayne.

After being brought back from the dead (see: Batman and Robin Vol. 6: The Hunt for Robin), Robin, aka Damian Wayne, wants to atone for his past sins. In particular, as part of his training to become the head of the League of Assassins, he had to complete the Year of Blood. This book details his attempts to set right the wrongs he committed. Along the way, Damian is joined by Goliath (a giant bat/dragon), the daughter of the criminal Nobody, and Ravi (a caretaker of sorts from when Damian was young).

Gleason does a wonderful job of telling Damian's search for redemption, while also reintroducing him into the mainstream DC Universe. Adding depth, as I mentioned, makes him an infinitely more likable character, even making Damian seem sympathetic. The new Nobody also acts as an excellent foil throughout his journey.

Robin: Son of Batman: Year of Blood, by Patrick Gleason, is a great read. I recommend it. It brings back Damian Wayne, introduces an interesting new character, and lays the groundwork for some intriguing stories going forward.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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