Robin Rises Omega #1 (DC)


Rating: 3.5/5 – A Pretty But High Priced Fight Scene.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Over the course of the last four issues of Batman and Robin, the larger story of the “Hunt for Robin” has been taking place. Ra’s Al Ghul has stolen the dead body of Robin, Damien Wayne, in hopes of finding a lazarus pit to resurrect him. This search has kept Batman and guest stars like Frankenstein, Wonder Woman and Aquaman hot on the heels of Ra’s as he gets closer to achieving his goal. After the surprising ending in issue thirty-two of that series, the action picks up in Robin Rises Omega. Batman and Robin series writer Peter Tomasi and artist Andy Kubert write the next chapter with this oversized one-shot that’s essentially one big fight scene.

The opening of this issue is a brilliantly done recap of everything the reader needs to know. Tomasi and Kubert over the course of seven pages recap all that’s happened with Batman and Damian since Batman’s memorable fight with Ra’s back in Batman 244. Each major development is given a panel or two that culminates with a double page splash that picks up right where Batman and Robin left off. It’s a nice opening to the story, but unfortunately it’s the best part of the issue and it’s over all too soon. Glorious Godfrey of Apokolips is in search of a crystal shard that’s been referenced throughout the Superman Batman series by Greg Pak. Although readers don’t need to know what the crystal is, readers of the Batman Superman title will have a better understanding of Godfrey’s motivations, and just what the crystal can do. That crystal happens to be hidden within the casket of Damian which complicates the situation for all involved.

It’s from there that the fight breaks out and doesn’t let up for the remainder of the issue. Other than some dialogue scenes that set up this story’s continuation into the next issue of Batman and Robin, there isn’t much more that this issue explores other than the action which is beautifully drawn by Andy Kubert. He has some great pages within and if you’re a fan of his art, then this book will appeal to you as the recap pages alone provide a nice visual history of Batman and Damian’s past. Kubert gets the opportunity to draw a whole lot of characters so if you’re a fan of his art, you should be pleased with his work here.

As a reader of the Batman and Robin series, this book seemed a bit unnecessary since this could have been handled within the main series. The Justice League shows up in this issue so keeping in tradition of the main Batman and Robin series, it could have been “Batman and the Justice League” for the next month or two’s issues. Although you get some fantastic Andy Kubert art, I’m not sure this issue is worth the book’s cover price of $4.99. It’s a must read if you’re hoping to follow Robin’s story from here on, I’m just not sure if it required a stand alone one-shot with a $4.99 price tag.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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