ByBrad Dee, writer at

Towards the end of "Endgame", DC chose to capitalize on the storyline by bringing about a number of one-shots to display the full extent of the terror that the Joker was doing on Gotham. Most of these one-shots were taken away from the superhero aspect, and instead focused on the families and what was actually going on in the streets. But one of the oneshots, which dealt with the character of Anarky and a group of teens stood out among the rest, and now we get to see these characters again in a new comic that will be called "We Are Robin". But, like many new comics that DC is producing, the concept has merit and potential, but how will the first issue pan out?

Well, in this case, the first issue wasn't bad. It has potential to display a new chapter in Gotham City that will show other forces that will save the city. But, it's also a younger audience comic book that has language in it that adults may not care for. The main character is Duke Thomas, who is a disgruntled teen going from one foster home to another in the hopes that he will again be reunited with his Mom, who has gone missing since the Joker riots. Now, of course the story has potential, but thats where some of the problems come in. Duke is thoroughly displayed in the comic, but that's the only character that is. There are groups of other teens, of all different sexes and nationalities that are also in the book, but most of them don't even have names. The art also is rough for this comic, as almost all the characters are either smiling or look disjointed. The shadows also don't always display the way that the character is looking in the panel. But, we can move past that because that is how artist Rob Haynes chose to draw the book. If DC is honest in its commitment to bring in different characters, from different background, that more reflect their desired audience base, then We Are ... Robin might be the best place for a young reader to dig in and invest in a new group of characters - so long as Bermejo, Haynes, Corona and the rest of DC Comics can steer clear of becoming out of touch with a notoriously fickle fan base. I do see this book as having potential and could be a hit, but I can also see this comic as being a 12-issue comic that gets cancelled because of lack of interest. We gotta wait and see which direction it goes. But, as a first issue, it wasn't all that bad and did keep my interest the entire way. I give this comic a 6 out of 10.


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