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Robin #183

Robin #183

Quite a few books celebrated their final issues this week. Robin #183 in particular got a lot of reader response.

Captain Elias thought the issue was fantastic:

Fabien Nicieza wrote a fantastic final issue. (100 times better than the penultimate one, and far superior to the majority of issues in Robin’s surprisingly long run.) He gives Tim’s solo title a send-off it deserves, with a clearly defined individual who does not exist in the shadow of his mentors, but under the weight of his own expectations and ambition. Even Freddie Williams manages to draw Tim as more of a grown-up, rather than the mini-Robin so often seen in the animated series or the main Batman titles. In his final pages Tim has poise and presence, and judging from the art leaked by Tony Daniel this will continue in Battle for the Cowl.

Nevermore999 was had some problems with the issue:

Meh. Shiva jobs to Tim. Somehow she doesn’t check her food for poison despite being a master assassin. I’m surprised she managed to live past twenty. Also, I don’t see her as a chocolate type, being super devoted to martial arts and all. I’d think she wouldn’t eat sweets that much. Didn’t she send Black Canary a special diet when she was training her? That forbade sweets? I imagine she’s adhere to that diet herself as well, wouldn’t you?

Esther Inglis-Arkell was left unsatisfied:

Well, it’s not like I’ve made a secret of my feelings toward this character’s trajectory. I will sum it all up with this – when anyone told him that something sucked, my old physics teacher used to say, ”There is no ’suck’ or ‘blow.’ There are only differences in pressure.” I can now prove him wrong, since this new grim, infallible, omnipotent Robin somehow manages to both suck and blow at the same time.

The character is on top of the world, but I’m feeling pretty cold about him. Of course it’s natural for characters to progress as their comics go on, but this one grew out of any interest I had in him. Oh, well. With comics, every Wednesday has the possibility of a fresh start. So, out with the old, in with the Battle For The Cowl, and on to next Wednesday.

So what do you think?



I really loved this issue. I thought it was a great send off for Robin, and I’m VERY curious to find out what he meant by the “new” Robin.

The problem I had with the book was the tiny lettering in the red-colored boxes. The print was smaller than the dialog print. Yes, it was narration, and introspective at that, but too darn small.

I think that the previous issue would have made a better last issue, but that it was still a good way to end things.

Robin has matured in a believable way, given all the nonsense that has been thrown at him by DC over the last 15 years. I think that if you wanted to leave the character now, you would have a complete story, but that if you want to stick around, this is just the beginning.

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