With Tim Drake Wayne back in Gotham City, there’s bound to be a tussle between the new Robin and the old. But the reason behind their little spat may surprise you.
Previously in Red Robin: Back in Gotham after taking down Ra’s al Ghul, and having finally convinced all the superheroes that Bruce Wayne is alive, Tim Wayne doesn’t have much to do – except take down all the criminals that have given him grief over the years.
RED ROBIN – YUM!
As Tim continues his one man war on the criminals that apparently Dick Grayson is too busy to take down, it becomes apparent that young Damian Wayne is jealous as all get out, and he’s going to do everything in his power to try and take Tim out. This leads to the issue’s really big fight between the two Waynes where Tim really kicks the crap out of Damian. For those of us who have hated the Robin wanna be since his first appearance, this smack down couldn’t have come at a better time.
Of course the bigger surprise comes when Damian shows Dick that Tim has a secret takedown list that includes many of DC’s biggest heroes, including Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, and Damian. This reveal is one of the bigger character development moments for Tim that I don’t think many people were expecting. For years, I’ve championed Tim Wayne as the one who should be the next Batman, and now this current revelation shows that Tim is very much the paranoid tactician his mentor was, and it is both chilling and a tad disappointing. Disappointing in the fact that it appears that if the Bruce Wayne return doesn’t work as expected, Tim might be being molded into Bruce Wayne 2.0 just in case.
I loved every moment of Fabian Nicieza’s story. The pacing was right on, the big reveals happened at just the right times, and I liked the action and dialogue very much.
Marcus To is the Yin to Nicieza’s Yang, as the two play off one another to deliver up a fun issue. As I mentioned in my X-Men #1 dueling review, To’s work is exactly the kind of comic book art I like reading in my four color funny books. To does a great job of getting the proportions right, but I still wonder why artists have an aversion to showing the bulge in the pants of men in tights? There’s a great staff-to-the-balls gag in this issue, but the bulge one would expect to be there, simple isn’t.
- Brady Bunch references
- “Let’s swing!”
- The art
- The true brothers from another mother moment
- Damian finally getting his hash handed to him
- The story spins a tad too much
- Where’s the junk?
BOTTOM LINE: BUY IT
My high with comics this week continues with Red Robin #14. The story and the art is done really well, and this is just the kind of mindless biff-bang-power superhero story I need to cap off my week. Yes, there are a few moments when things get interesting, but for the most part, Red Robin #14 is simply a fun read and earns 4 out of 5 Stars.