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The Boy Wonder #2 (of 5)

84
Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 12 critic ratings.

Jason Todd is the exile prince of Batman’s kingdom, stalking Gotham’s darkest alleys and eternally turning his face from the light of day—all because he cannot quench the burning flame of anger and retribution that consumes his heart.

Can Damian learn from Jason’s mistakes? Or is the reflective mask of the Red Hood doomed to be a mirror held up to his own future?

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
38 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0D42B4L35

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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Book two of The Boy Wonder is a prime example of writer/artist Juni Ba comfortably slipping in to each of the series’ characters to explore their inner demons. A gothic fairytale worthy of the streets of Gotham.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    The Boy Wonder is a tale told through a child’s looking glass, showing us a different perspective of Gotham, specifically those who help fight Batman’s war. It’s a story that has plenty of action, intense dialogue, and meaning that we can all look and use deep within ourselves.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Damian’s story has stymied quite a few writers over the years, but there’s a personal edge to the way Ba writes him that works really well.

  • 90

    Batman-News

    Maybe it’s just because I’m a struggling twenty-something, but Jason’s sense of listlessness and failure really hit me. In a comics landscape that can feel dominated by useless events and gimmicks, Boy Wonder is exploring emotional themes with a novel parable-like structure. While I don’t want to get too excited just two issues in, this mini will be required reading for any Robin fan if this quality is sustained to the end.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    The Boy Wonder #2 shifts its gaze to the brutal worldview of Jason Todd after establishing its story and style with the optimism embodied by Dick Grayson. Whereas Dick contradicts Damian Wayne’s perspective, he finds a fellow traveler in Jason whose traumatic origins and violent approach often leads to disagreements with their shared father figure. This is reflected in Jason’s image as every inch of exposed skin reflects scars and his red hood is used throughout the issue to hide the humanity lurking beneath it. As a consideration of each Robin’s role in the Batman mythos, The Boy Wonder #2 distills both Jason and Damian in splendid fashion – looking for the source of their anger, rather than simply allowing it to define them. Even as Jason’s current setting is filled with decay and danger, his own violent actions are rarely emphasized. Instead, the most notable action sequences in the issue (both of which are excellent) are used to reveal further underlying emotions and encourage a more rounded perspective of these damaged young men. As the miniseries shifts its style and aesthetic to cover darker material, it makes clear how effectively Ba’s artwork can showcase the best and worst of humanity. And it’s evident that although The Boy Wonder functions as a showcase of Batman’s supporting cast, it works even better as a fable unto itself in which readers can discover and explore an array of perspectives on family, identity, and self-worth.

  • 90

    Henchman-4-Hire

    This is a very fun series exploring the various Robins with a very true and enjoyable narration style, and some truly inventive and gorgeous artwork.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    The Boy Wonder #2 continues its perfect look at the life inside the mind of twisted little Damian Wayne. This second part continues us on what looks to be a complex journey through the extended relations of the Bat Family, and how badly he aggravates them all.

    There will be a time for him to learn how best to manage these connections, but that’s what this title seeks to teach us. I’m endlessly eager for more.

  • 90

    AIPT

    The Boy Wonder #2 isn’t just another great entry into Juni Ba’s reworking of the Batman mythos; it’s one of the more compelling Red Hood stories I’ve read in a while. This bodes well for the next issue, which will team up Damian and Tim Drake.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    The Boy Wonder #2 explores two brothers who feel broken. Using Damian as the crux, Ba takes an in-depth view of the Robins. Although not blood-related, Jason and Damian are part of the same twisted, troubled family among the darkest members. Damian, who sees himself as a ruthless assassin, is suddenly faced with a dilemma of where he will end up if he continues. Though it is merely going down in age order, Nightwing and Red Hood show opposite sides of the same coin.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    The Boy Wonder #2’s deconstruction of Batman’s sons continues to be an enjoyable read and is presented in a visually stunning visual manner.

    While there is little new that is added to the character of Jason Todd, being that it is a Black Label series not constrained by the main universe, it is an interesting glimpse into the psyche of Jason and how Damian relates to him.

  • 85

    Comic Book Revolution

    The Boy Wonder #2 is a must-read comic book. It’s as simple as that. This comic book is brimming with style and personality. But most importantly it has a lot of heart. The way Juni Ba explores Damian Wayne and Jason Todd’s dynamic makes this one of the most memorable comic books DC Comics has published this year.

  • 82

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Every single aspect of this comic ends up elevating whatever came before it. Every new layer manages to expand on the last, and strengthen the overall message of the story. This team worked together to create a story that acts as a look into the grief and trauma of these characters, while also showing what drives them. It’s a powerful issue that tells the story of two brothers who are more similar than they’d like to admit, and it doesn’t shy away from showing us that with some dark examples. If the first issue didn’t hook you, this one is sure to.

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