Robin and Ravager have caught up with Deathstroke and Respawn! Can they convince Deathstroke to turn himself in…or fight to the death? And what startling revelation does Robin learn that shocks this story to its core? Plus, Batman goes deep into the conspiracy behind Ra’s al Ghul’s death and discovers it’s bigger than he thought. He must call in backup…just not the backup you’d expect!
Dark Knight NewsRead it, and do yourself a favor. What else are you doing? Nothing as interesting as what's happening here, I can tell you that as a FACT. Honestly, I never know what's about to happen next and if I guess, it's never correct. That's half the fun!
Get Your Comic OnWithout doubt The Shadow War is my favourite story arc so far this year it perfectly jumps between issues blending together different veins of the story. A super arc which is changing the landscape of DC.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: This chapter acts as part four of the Shadow Wars crossover. While readers unfamiliar to the event will be able to follow along with the story, this issue may feel more like a stand alone story than part of a broader arc. I like how this narrative parallel’s two father-son relationships and gives depth to the previous conflict between Robin and Respawn. I am also interested in the development between Bruce and Damian Wayne. Robin’s time on Lazarus Island has been impactful and I look forward to finding out how this may change his relationship with his father. The Art: This art in this issue uses a modern comic book styling. The drawings are extremely detailed and place emphasis on character expression and form. There are some interesting action scenes that are well crafted and elicit an emotional responsiveness. Overall, I found this illustrations very transportive.
Geek DadWith Josh Williamson writing all chapters of this event, I was wondering if it would all start to feel the same and lose the individual touch of his three series. I didn't need to worry, as this is clearly a Robin issue, with a bit of the lighter touch that Williamson brings to the book.
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COMICON‘Shadow War' hits Robin's solo title in an overall engaging entry that is connected to the rest but continues to do what this book has always done well, tackle deep character moments with most of them centered on family. Just a fun and colorful story that adds a bit to the crossover and moves a few pieces forward for that book but mostly moves forward pieces for where the series is sure to go after the event.
AIPTRobin #13 is a good chapter in the "Shadow War" event thanks to some major reveals and some superhero alliances you won't see coming. Ultimately his event is an excuse to get characters to punch each other over a misunderstanding, but that's kinda what superheroes do, right?
Lyles Movie FilesSome reinforcements arrive to aid Batman although hopefully this doesn't come at the expense of keeping Batman in the background.
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Comic Book RevolutionRobin #13 was a big improvement over the previous chapter of Shadow War. Joshua Williamson and Roger Cruz brought all parties of this Batman, Robin, and Deathstroke Inc. crossover together in a way that made every character shine. Now the second half of Shadow War is set-up to, hopefully, be even better than the first half of this crossover event.
ComicBook.comRobin #13 is essentially one long rooftop conversation. It starts and ends with a bit of action and includes some punches in the middle, but those brief bursts of violence serve primarily to mix up the proceedings as there's never really any question about risk or stakes in this dialogue. The highlights come in bits of humor and changes in these characters' relationships. Damian's elation at learning more about his and Respawn's connections is a joy and developments in both father-son duos on the page provide plenty to keep long-term readers of Deathstroke Inc. and Robin invested. There are still some sharp looking splash panels scattered throughout the issue despite the lack of any investment in the action on the page; Prometheus' appearance, at least, provides a very funny bit of excitement that links back to his less-than-serious origins in JLA.
But Why Tho?Robin #13 is good. Not great, and not stellar. But it's a visual fun fest that grants 'Shadow War' some much-needed plot direction despite the slow pace and limitations on certain characters. I still recommend it but would love to get past this story.
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Batman-NewsThis issue pushes the Shadow War event forward in a few ways. It pairs Batman and Robin back up and sends Deathstroke and Respawn off in a new direction. We get a few character moments, but because the event is so fast paced, it rushes past them, leaving me as a reader wishing for a lot more than we actually get. For now, my suggestion is to skip Shadow War if you're not already invested. However, if you are, this is a key piece of the narrative moving forward.
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