I remember how exciting it was to sit down to a new episode of one of the DC cartoons as a kid. I’m talking ALL the cartoons because I was a proper nerd before it was cool. It was one of the things I looked forward to every week.
So when I heard about this comic series–a little late I will admit–I was interested in the use of younger versions of the characters I had loved (you know, some real Young Justice inspired characters).
However, I’m a little apprehensive about that Robin being Damian Wayne, because, you know, it’s Damian. (If you’re not familiar with the character, just trust me, he’s not the best Robin). I was kind of hoping it would be Tim Drake but alas, it was not to be.
And now that I’ve displayed my nerdiness like I’m trying to prove something–which I’m not so hush–I can move on to some of my thoughts about this first issue!
“When I grow up” part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they’re going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World’s Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers-except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!
One of the big aspects of the comic that made me want to read it–besides being a hopeless DC fangirl–was the art style. It has this wonderful cartoon style to it with vibrant colouring to go with it.
Look, I’m not naive–I know that DC has been doing this thing where it tries really hard to be taken seriously and to be dark and edgey (looking at you Titans on Netflix). And I also know that this doesn’t always work out for them.
Which is why I liked that this comic is leaning into the fact that these are people who dress-up in wacky costumes and fight criminals. It’s ridiculous and wonderful.
I’ve already mentioned that Damian Wayne isn’t one of my favourite characters in the Bat-Family so I won’t prolong this complaint. Basically, I haven’t been a fan of the other contexts I’ve found him in and this issue isn’t long enough for me to determent whether I like this one.
If I had any other complaint about this issue it would be that it focused a lot on the personal, every day lives of the two main characters instead of the crime-fighting part but with 20 pages available and a whole series to set up, I can understand if they only really got to that near the end.
I suspect there will be more in subsequent issues.
I did really like what I’ve seen of this series so far and I’m certainly curious about where it will go in the future. It really wasn’t long enough to judge whether I like this version of Jon and Damian or if this is a world I will grow to care about.
I think if I were to talk about this series again in the future I would read a few issues and then voice my thoughts so I’ll have a little more to work with.
Who’s your favourite version of Robin? Why that one and not the others? Let me know in the comments!