Robin — Damian Wayne, son of Batman and Talia Head, grandson of Ra’s al Ghul himself — is in a troublesome place proper now. He was skilled as an murderer, however gave up his League of Shadows birthright to be Robin, however now he’s actually, actually mad at Batman for letting Batman’s alternate-universe dad let Bane kill Alfred. But actually, Damian is mad at Batman as a result of he feels chargeable for Alfred’s demise. What’s a Boy Wonder to do?
Well, in Joshua Williamson and Gleb Melnikov’s new sequence, Robin, Damian travels all over the world coming into supervillain cage matches till anyone invitations him to the DC Comics equal of Mortal Kombat.
What else is going on within the pages of our favourite comics? We’ll inform you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly checklist of the books that our comics editor loved this previous week. It’s half society pages of superhero lives, half studying suggestions, half “look at this cool art.” There could also be some spoilers. There might not be sufficient context. But there will probably be nice comics. (And should you missed the final version, learn this.)
The closing web page of Robin #1 options new teen supervillain Flatline ripping Damian’s still-beating coronary heart out of his chest shortly after their arrival on Lazarus Island (in all probability a clue that Damian will nonetheless be round subsequent problem in spite of everything). But I’d like to focus on one other vital canon second of Robin #1: Damian Wayne is a faux nerd who reads horizontally flipped manga.
The first problem of Beta Ray Bill was enjoyable, however with this cross part of Bill’s sentient ship, Skuttlebutt, Daniel Warren Johnson (with Mike Spicer on colours) has pulled me totally in. Look! There are rooms on this ship the place Johnson, Spicer, and the Marvel Editorial group are engaged on the comedian! UNBELIEVABLY CHARMING.
I assumed you’d prefer to know that this week’s Batman: Black and White featured a Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie team-up within the type of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Batman story with … a twist.
I additionally thought you’d additionally prefer to know which you can choose up a free copy of the Hellfire Gala Guide on Comixology proper now, that includes all the brand new character designs for the X-Men’s mutant couture lewks.
Now that we all know Jon Kent will probably be moving into his dad’s footwear fairly quickly, it’s good to see Action Comics turning into a Superman and Superboy guide. It’s making that transition extra gradual — and it’s preserving the Superboy and Robin friendship alive.
John Ridley and Travel Forman’s Next Batman continuation is straightforward to overlook — it’s amongst DC’s weekly digital-first choices, for a buck a difficulty. But it’s enjoying with an attention-grabbing query. If dropping all his cash is making Batman extra grounded, what occurs with the individuals who acquired the $20 billion he misplaced, the household of Lucious Fox?
One of Next Batman’s largest secrets and techniques is about why Lucious and his spouse had a falling out together with his second son, Jace (who used to go by Tim). It seems that Jace was a really irresponsible child who was the perpetrator of a deadly hit and run. At the time, his mother and father noticed it as their responsibility to ensure that Jace’s actions had been excused and erased simply as they’d have been if he was the white son of white millionaires. As an grownup, Jace is deeply troubled and contrite concerning the incident, and uncertain about his household. It’s juicy and thought-provoking drama.