Red Robin Takes Wing..
O.K., I've been well aware of all the Batttle for the Cowl Batman and related tie-in books but I've avoided them because it seemed like overkill, despite some of the great art I'd seen on the covers and interiors. It is possible, however, I will go back and get the actual Battle for the Cowl Series, now that I've read Red Robin #1.
This was really good. I saw G-Man's review and I was interested due to several reasons, but I can't delve into too many because it would reveal a bit about the character.
So I picked this up. Glad I did, because I like the concept, the premise behind the character, as he has a legitimate reason to don the costume and do what he does.
G-Man already explained a bit about the story itself, so I will avoid re-hashing what he's already said and just bring up some good and bad points.
The great part about this was not only the concept, like I said, but the story, and most importantly, the pacing of the story was superb. It really gave a "feel" to the fact this character is bad-ass, and won't pull any punches. Great action scenes, plus even if you are a completely new reader, you WILL want to know what has previously happened with Bruce Wayne and the entire Batman Battle for the Cowl series.
The only minor points I felt were "bad" was that the inking was a bit heavy handed and the colors a bit too muted at times. However, the action, the background, and most everything else compensated for any negative points.
Another thing I found annoying was the entire "soap opera" aspect between several of the characters, and I agree, the "new" Robin IS an ass, but then again, look where he inherited his 'tude.
However, it helped illustrate the devotion that Red Robin has for a certain "missing" flying rodent vigilante. What I also found a bit out of place was the fact Red Robin used a print map for Paris. Uhhmmm.....wouldn't he have a GPS or Google Map on a portable electronic device like an IPhone or other instrument?
Red Robin, in a similar costume, made his "first appearance" in Kingdom Come, but that was ane Elseworlds tale.
I like the idea now of this character doing what he is doing, and this identitiy, and hope it continues.
Pick it up if you're a Batman fan, well worth it, it will have you intrigued and wondering how this will play out.