A Tim Drake: Robin #5 Micro-Review – A Salty Nemesis

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Tim Drake Robin 5, cover, January 2023, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #5
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Ortiz.
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I like the idea of Tim getting his own arch nemesis. A Professor Moriarty to his Sherlock Holmes, etc. That’s what much of this story, and this issue in particular, build toward. The route the issue takes toward the reveal of our nemesis is a little befuddling, as it’s got a bunch of salt monsters, and a moment where Tim has to make himself vomit. But I like the destination we got to.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, who’s been our cover artist, does some interior work here. Thankfully, his style is similar enough to Rossmo’s that it works out okay.

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A Tim Drake: Robin #4 Micro-Review – The Batgirls Family

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tim_drake_robin_4_cover_december_2022_ricardo_lopez_ortiz (1)TITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #4
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Cover by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. 
RELEASED: 
December 27, 2022

The Batgirls, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown, make an appearance in this issue. It’s interesting, in that Riley Rossmo’s art almost feels like it’s in the same family as that of Jorge Corona and Neil Googe, the two respective regular artists on the Batgirls series.

This issue also contains a sweet moment between Tim and his boyfriend Bernard. I initially wasn’t sure about the two of them as a couple, given their history as friends in the comics. But they’re growing on me.

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A Tim Drake: Robin #3 Micro-Review – The Most Effective Disguise in Comics

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Tim Drake Robin 3, cover, November 2022, Riley RossmoTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #3
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue suffers from bad timing. Normally the “all the past Robins together” thing works, whether it’s in a fight scenario or some kind of big group meeting. But we just saw it a couple weeks ago in Batman vs. Robin #3. So to see it again here came off a little lame.

Also lame? That Robin meets Tim Drake’s boyfriend Bernard in this issue, and Bernard doesn’t recognize him. It’s that classic, yet no less ridiculous rule that somehow the domino mask is the most effective disguise in superhero comics.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6 Micro-Review – Overdue Quality

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 6, cover, 2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #6 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

For yours truly, this mini has been the best part of the whole Dark Crisis experience. Every character has gotten a chance to to shine and be explored. What’s more, the art by Laura Braga and Luis Guerrero has been richly detailed and a joy to look at. These characters and this team have been long overdue for something of this high a quality.

Impulse has a line in this issue about hoping this isn’t the end of Young Justice. I second that. How about a new series written by Meghan Fitzmartin?

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A Tim Drake: Robin #2 Micro-Review – Detective Comics

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Tim Drake Robin 2, cover, 2022, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #2
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz.

RELEASED: October 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

They’re leaning heavily into the whole “Tim Drake as a detective” thing. That’s not a bad approach, as his mind is what sets him aside from the other Robins. I’m just wondering if we need all the references to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, etc.

How long have Tim and his boyfriend Bernard been together? They’ve known each other a long time. But how long have they been a couple? I ask because Tim talks about wanting to share his life with Bernard. That seems a little heavy if they’ve only been together for a short time, doesn’t it?

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5 Micro-Review – A Little Too Meta

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 5, cover, 2022, MAx Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #5
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This one got a little too meta for my taste. Our newly revealed villain, Mickey Mxyzptlk, has a big monologue about Young Justice being a “generation in limbo” that wasn’t “set up for success” by their elders. This story has had a meta layer to it from the get-go. But it lays it on a little too thick here.

Thankfully there’s still a lot of good stuff here, particularly about the Young Justice team being a family. Dark Crisis: Young Justice may still be the best thing to come out of the Dark Crisis event overall.

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A Tim Drake: Robin #1 Micro-Review – Robin’s Rightful Return

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Tim Drake Robin 1, cover, 2022, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #1
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Cover by Ricardo López Ortiz.

RELEASED: September 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Riley Rossmo’s art doesn’t necessarily have the conventional look you’d expect on a Bat-book. (Though he has worked on Batman before.) So there’s an adjustment period with Tim Drake: Robin #1. But by the time you close the issue, you’re into what he and Lee Loughridge are doing.

Meghan Fitzmartin gets the series off to a good start here, which isn’t a surprise. Right now, there’s no one more qualified than her to write a Tim Drake series. She’s been killing it with him.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 Micro-Review – Young Justice vs. The World

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 4, cover ,2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #4 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero & Hi-Fi (Colorists), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASED: September 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Much of this issue consists of an all-out brawl between Young Justice and the entire mid ’90s DC Universe. Though the battle itself essentially takes a backseat to the existential conversations being had by our heroes. That feels a little bit wrong. But it’s still cool to see the the ’90s versions of all these heroes.

Incidentally, the ’90s Batman and Superman get a little too young and skinny early in the issue. Did Braga intentionally draw them that way so they’d look more like Conner Kent and Tim Drake? (I admit, I might be reaching on that one…)

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3 Micro-Review – The Goggle Conflict

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 3, cover, 2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #3
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue, and this story at large, is unabashed in its appreciation for all things DC in the ’90s and early to mid-2000s. And it’s a treat to see Braga and Guerrero draw things as they were back then. Especially once we get to the final page…

I can’t decide whether I dislike ’90s Wonder Girl’s goggles, or love them for just how hokey they are.

I think I’m enjoying this book more than the main Dark Crisis one. For nostalgia purposes, as well as the pure quality of the writing and art.

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2 Micro-Review – The Benefit of Hindsight

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 2, cover, 2022, Max Dunbar, Luis GuerreroTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #2 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Cover by Max Dunbar & Guerrero.

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dark Crisis: Young Justice is an interesting piece of business. It’s dripping with ’90s nostalgia, and the characters look the way they did in the ’90s. But Conner, Tim, and Bart are somehow all looking at things from their current-day perspectives. They have the benefit of hindsight. They can also wonder if things were better for them in the past…

This miniseries feels like it’s being done with a lot of love and affection for characters that, over the past decade, haven’t always gotten their share of love and affection. It’s a feel-good book in that sense.

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