I’m not that big of a fan of the current state of the DCU, but I am a big fan of the exciting and evolving Batman corner of the DCU as led by lead Batman writer Scott Snyder and editor Mark Doyle. It seems like Snyder and Doyle are really doing their best to drive the “Batman” mythos forward in a plausible, sensible, and relevant way, as opposed to, say, the current state of Superman and DC’s misguided attempt to make him grimmer, harder edged, and, I guess, cooler(?).
“We Are Robin”, by writer Lee Bermejo, is a new Bat-title helping to diversify the Batman line of books. The book is about a new youth movement where adolescents band together as a group of Robins to protect Gotham City. The idea behind the book is kinda cool, but I must say that the first three issues, where the Robins have to prevent a bombing and lose a member in the process, were somewhat mediocre. Those three issues were serviceable in that they set up the premise of the book (including the Robins’ mystery benefactor), but there was nothing in those three issues that made them truly unique or must-reads. Issue #4, however, an epilogue/aftermath to the first three issues, is pretty damn good. This issue is quiet and introspective and gets to the core of what this title is about and the promise of what the title could be.
To be honest, after the somewhat lackluster first three issues of this series, I was ready to drop this book, but issue #4 is so good that I’ll keep reading.