Category Archives: Robin
One of the most interesting bits of comic book news to come out of New York Comic Con is that Brian Michael Bendis will spearhead a youthful comics line for DC called Wonder Comics.
The most important news to come out of this is that there will finally be a proper Wonder Twins comic! I ironically love the Wonder Twins! Obviously they were dorks in the old Super Friends cartoon, but everybody was dorks in that. Aquaman is still living down his cartoon incarnation.
I love the idea that the Wonder Twins are legitimate superheroes and are more than worthy of a place in proper DC Comics canon. They’re not total dweebs like Wendy and Marvin, they’ve got compelling back story, a cool look and great powers. But DC was afraid, or whatever, of bringing them into the comics for real. So they only got a few minor appearances in Extreme Justice and Young Justice. And rare appearances make the heart grow fonder!
Anyway, the new Wonder Twins comic will be written by Mark Russell, who did the amazing Flintstones comics. That guy is great! So I am very, very excited for this comic. It’s got Stephen Byrne on art, which is also great.
Wonder Comics will also include a new Young Justice, reuniting Conner Kent, Cassie Sandsmark, Bart Allen and, apparently, Tim Drake as Robin. I would be more super excited about this — considering Tim Drake is my favorite Robin — but I’m not yet sure if it’s in continuity, or if this is some special off-shoot series just to play up the nostalgia.
But hey, if we have Brian Michael Bendis to thank for not only giving us a Wonder Twins comic, but also making Tim Drake into Robin again (as opposed to “Red” Robin), then his arrival at DC is definitely for the best!
For reasons I will never fully understand, today we got two competing trailers for upcoming Teen Superhero TV shows, specifically Titans from DC and Runaways from Marvel!
First up is a new, extended look at Titans! I think it still looks pretty bad, though I’m going to keep an open mind, because we appear to have a legitimately cool, fleshed out, live action Robin story. Those come around once a generation.
Everybody else in the trailer looks really bad. I’m trying to keep an open mind about Starfire, but man she looks weird. And Beast Boy’s transformations are definitely straining everything about this show’s SFX budget.
Then we’ve got season 2 of Runaways, which doesn’t really show much. I enjoyed the first season well enough and am generally excited for more!
The current Runaways comic, from Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, is currently amazing. If the show is half that good, we’re in for a treat.
Not only was this the week of my birthday, but it is such a comic book geekery week! I’m currently up to my eyeballs in hours playing the new Spider-Man video game, which is great. But I’m also watching the new season of Iron Fist, which ain’t half bad (so far)! And I’m on vacation from work! This has been a good week!
Not many comics came out this week that I wanted to read and review. Of the few, Comic Book of the Week goes to the new issue of Tom King’s Batman as he finally tackles Dick Grayson, who holds a special place in my heart.
If Tom King ever does a Tim Drake issue about his history as the best Robin, there’s a very good chance I might have to retire.
Ugh, new issues of both Avengers and Justice League also came out this week and I couldn’t bring myself to care. I wanted to cover both books, since they’re running simultaneously. But man, I can’t drum up any interest. Even when I’m on vacation and have nothing but time on my hands, I couldn’t find the interest to get caught up. Forgive me.
Comic Reviews: Asgardians of the Galaxy #1, Batman #54 and Captain America #3.
For awhile now, DC Comics has been continuing the saga of Batman Beyond in comic book form. The cartoon is long gone, but people love Batman Beyond, so it’s still going.
And at long last, we have a Robin Beyond!
Unfortunately, Robin Beyond is not Maxine Gibson, which would have been awesome. Instead, Robin Beyond is Terry’s younger brother, Matt. He’s a bit older now and he joins into the fight to help Terry when he’s overwhelmed. He first suited up as Robin a couple issues ago, using an old costume from the Batcave. But in the latest issue, Batman Beyond #22, Bruce Wayne built him a better, more official costume.
Good for him. As longtime readers of this blog are aware, I’m a huge Robin fan, and this is a pretty cool development. I’m not so much of a fan that I’m going to start reading the Batman Beyond comic. I don’t care that much. I just wanted to note this cool development.
And it is pretty damn cool! Though, again, I would have preferred if it was Max.
I am very excited for live action Robin on the new TV show Titans. So I’m also very excited to see this thing for myself. Well the first trailer has arrived to kick off San Diego Comic-Con, and it’s dark and brutal as all hell!
It’s like…how do we go for the complete opposite of Teen Titans Go! on every conceivable level? I think it’s a bold choice, and not one I’m very confident that DC can pull off.
But hey, it’s a serious, live action Robin, so you better believe I’m going to give it a chance! This sort of thing only comes around once in a generation! Hopefully DC doesn’t screw it up like they did with Chris O’Donnell.
Also in SDCC news from DC Comics, Grant Morrison is coming back to write a police procedural Green Lantern comic, and I near about blew my lid! That is, like, everything I could possibly want from Green Lantern comics. I’m really excited about this one!