The final fight is finally here as Damian Wayne aka Robin fights to the death in the Lazarus Tournament. In Robin #8, Robin must fight Hawke in the final round, but what is going on with the island itself, what is Damian’s plan, and who will win?
If you’re expecting a fight comic you’re getting it here with most of the issue devoted to Damian and Hawke fighting. It’s all built up to this, so it feels necessary, but it also builds things adequately for the next issue. No spoilers here, but Josh Williamson and Gleb Melnikov can say with certainty they’ve delivered the most epic story focused on Damian ever.
The action, which is split between Melnikov and Max Dunbar, is well choreographed and intense. These characters are dodging fists and taking blows that send them backward with force, showing that each of them is putting everything into this fight. It’s also cool to see how these characters aren’t out of breath and yet you can see they’re not holding back in the slightest.
It’s also quite cool to see the names of these characters represented with animals. There’s a kung fu-movie vibe going on here as these characters aren’t just human, but something more. Something fast, and something that goes beyond two humans sparring.
Outside of the fight scene, there isn’t a lot to this issue, which makes it feel like it’ll read even better collected. We do get some new insight into what the island’s purpose is which sets up a killer cliffhanger. That said, unless you’re a reader who lingers on every panel this will be a quick read.
There are a lot of effects in this issue, like blur effects, but also tons of sound effects. The sound effects add elements to the action that makes it feel a bit more cinematic. Troy Peteri letters the issue utilizing a lot of ways to show emphasis, like a scream that flies out of the word balloon, an outline around specific letters, or in one case a sound effect that escapes the panel and flies into the gutters.
If you dig kung-fu movies and action, you’ll love Robin #8. This book is nearly all action, in fact, which can make it a quick read and lighter on the story, but it makes up for that with a cliffhanger that’ll have you begging for more.
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