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Comic Review: Robin Rises: Omega #1

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 6:00 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Andy Kubert

Cover by Andy Kubert

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi

Pencils by: Andy Kubert

Inks by: Jonathan Glapion

Colors by: Brad Anderson

Published by DC Comics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hunt for Robin continues in a fresh arc from Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and RobinJSA) that continues from his run in Batman & Robin. Batman and Ra’s al Ghul are forced to become allies when Glorious Godfrey and Parademons arrive from Apokolips in order to steal a Chaos shard, which Ra’s has conveniently placed inside the sarcophagus of Damien Wayne.

Tomasi revealed back at C2E2 this past spring that Robin Rises: Omega #1, would begin an arc that would culminate in the return of a Robin to Batman’s side. The arc begins with Omega, continues through Batman & Robin, and will reach its conclusion in Robin Rises: Alpha #1 in December.

When you first open the pages of Robin Rises: Omega, the first thing you notice is the paper. This isn’t the typical paper that DC prints on. No gloss, no sheen. It’s rough, and gritty. You feel it. It’s personal, just like the theme of this issue.

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While there isn’t much in the way of plot development (what we know in the beginning doesn’t change much by the time we reach the end), the trip there is quite engrossing. The opening to the issue provides a summary of Damian’s life and Batman’s involvement in it. Once we reach the present time, it’s a nonstop battle between Batman, Ra’s, Frankenstein, and the forces of Apokolips. Literally.  The battle takes us all the way through the issue.

Andy Kubert’s art is spectacular in this issue, which is saying something, because Kubert has always been known as a talented artist. He crams several fighting characters into tight panels without losing any clarity or focus, bringing the scale of the issue up a notch. He has a great double page spread where the forces of Apokolips line up against the forces of Earth, just before the battle begins.

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While not a stellar story in it’s own right, expect Robin Rises to pick up as a series in the next few issues of Batman & Robin. Tomasi promises Batman heading to Apokolips and putting himself in situations he’s uncomfortable with, forcing the Dark Knight out of his element. Robin Rises continues next week in Batman & Robin #33.

Story: 8/10

Art: 9/10

Overall: 8.5/10

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