anthroxagorus's review against another edition

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4.0

Narrative was a bit messy, with many stories wanted to be told. We have Terminus (the bad guy!) and then Damian being a shit to the other Robins and then oh the Joker is free (stated as a given but not like eased into the story naturally) andd ZOMBIES and the Court of Owls and....

I always like to read Damian being a shit, and the father/son feels, which was really in volume 1, but sparingly here.

So not a strong volume, but maybe it's setting something up? Maybe it's just reacting to other arcs. Whatevz.

birdmanseven's review against another edition

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2.0

Don't let the series title fool you, this is a Damian book. Who is this version of Damian for? He's awful. Some good scenes with Dick Grayson are the only things keeping this above a 1 star rating.

thirty37seven's review against another edition

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5.0

Baby Damian dressed in his father's clothes.
"Look... I'm a bat."
Too cute, my heart explodes.

The Robin banter during the family portrait was great.

Dick: "We should pull the shades, have him paint us with night vision goggles in our natural environment."
Damian: "I think Caravaggio would be better suited to capture us in our element."
Tim: "Didn't he play for the Yankees?"
Damian: "He was a 17th century Italian painter. Thanks for reminding me what a complete lack of culture you possess, Drake."
Tim: "And thanks for reminding me what an arrogant idiot you are, Damian."
Dick: "C'mon, let's turn those frowns upside down."


But wait, there's more.

Damian: "I'm serving notice."
Tim: "Of what?"
Damian: "Day or night, when you least expect it, I'm going to defeat you at something you feel unbeatable at."
Dick: "You're going to attack us?"
Damian: "Yes, then I'm going to take something personal of yours as a memento and hang it in my room."
Dick: "And this is to prove what exactly?"
Damian: "That I am the best Robin, of course."
Dick: "You've got nothing to prove—none of us do—" (To Jason) "—Well, actually maybe you still do—but you heard what he said at the portrait sitting."
Jason: "Portrait sitting? Guess my invite got lost in the mail." (RIGHT? What the fuck, Bruce?)
Damian: "Forewarned is forearmed."
Jason: "Bat-san still preaching that old chestnut, huh?"
Tim: "You're ten years old—any one of us can wipe the floor with you."
Damian: "You can try. Now excuse me, there's a few more assassins who need to learn why Gotham can be an unforgiving place."
Tim: "That kid is wired way too tight."
Dick: "Remind you of someone?"
Jason: "Shut up, Nightwing."


Is there a series with Robins just shitting on each other relentlessly? I love this shit.

When Bruce tells Damian he's proud of him, I may have shed a tear.

quinnster's review against another edition

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3.0

My one major dislike about DC comics (at least the Gotham universe ones) is that there is shit going on across every series and they are all intertwined, but separate. So I'm reading Batman and realize there's some stuff that contributes to the story in an issue of Nightwing. Or I'm catching up on Batgirl and find out there was some major betrayal that happened back in Birds of Prey issue #10. I should be reading them every week across the board, but I started with one series and started collecting another and then another. But if I were to collect them all, well, that's a lot. Batman, Detective Comics, Batman Incorporated, Batman & Robin, Nightwing, Red Hood & the Outlaws, Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, Birds of Prey, Teen Titans....those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. It's a lot.

Anyway, Damian is a hard character to like at first. He's a spoiled little brat. Period. But he's hilarious at times and brings some light to a mostly dark series. But not a lot. After all, he is a killing machine at 10 years old. Yet there is so much missing, stuff that happens in another series that makes reading this straight through feel as if you're missing giant pieces to a puzzle. In fact, the most defining moment of this series, the reason for nearly 20 issues after doesn't even happen in this series.

Putting that aside, it is a good series. Seeing Batman struggle with how to raise his child, how to undo the damage that his mother has done is what keeps you reading. It's certainly worth the read.

misskrose's review against another edition

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5.0

OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO GOOD!
This is one of the best story lines right now in the New 52 world. What I love about this volume is that we get to explore Damian's character more. We get to see a little of what it was like to be raised by Talia which I love to see more of as time goes on. I loved that we got to see all of the male Robins together and how they work and not work together. One of my favorite parts of this volume was Damian trying to prove himself to other Robins and his dad. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next.

captwinghead's review against another edition

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3.0

I don't know what it is but this run just doesn't have the same appeal the Morrison run did to me (I know, I can't believe I'm saying that either). Perhaps it's because Bruce is a lot more distrustful and less understanding towards Damian than Dick was towards his brother. Even in this book, Dick is the only one that truly understands Damian.

This does emphasize the chip on Damian's shoulder: this is a kid that has been forced to prove himself his entire life. His mother wouldn't even tell him who his father was until he could best her in battle. He's been fighting an uphill battle since the day he was born. He deserved so much better.

Here's Bruce, in all his emotional constipation, trying to work alongside a kid he seems to trust even less than he trusted Jason. So, while that's a somewhat interesting dynamic, I preferred the one with Dick a lot more.

trisa_slyne's review against another edition

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4.0

I was particularly fond of the scenes with all the Robins in them. This collection has some great moments in it. I think my favorite was when Damian said he was going to challenge and beat them all at something.

linds89's review against another edition

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3.0

I wish I liked Damian even a little, but I don't. At all. Especially when he pulls crap like putting a crow bar in Jason's bed. That crossed a line.

I'm also super unimpressed with how Batman handles Damien. Dick did much better in that regard.
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