We Are Robin (Volume 1) – The Vigilante Business by Lee Bermejo

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“Someone told me that the problem with youth is the inability to accept your own mortality. I wouldn’t consider this one of my problems.”

— Lee Bermejo, We Are Robin (Volume 1) – The Vigilante Business

     Lee Bermejo? You might be wondering who on earth that is, right? He’s the man who wrote, illustrated and inked the famous Batman: Noël. He’s the one who did the artwork for the notable piece, Joker by Brian Azzarello. He’s also the guy behind the art of Before Watchmen: Rorschach. When I first saw posters for this new series, I actually had no clue what it was about or who was writing it. I grabbed the 1st issue out of pure instinct and thought I might as well try it because the cover was pretty darn sexy. And now, after going through the first 6 issues (which constitutes the first volume, The Vigilante Business), I can tell you that I don’t regret the calling. The ideas behind it, the diverse styles of art, and the unique direction it was taking sold me.

     We Are Robin is the story of a bunch of juvenile teenagers with an interest in Batman and vigilantism. This volume explores their motives and introduces them to a new identity that they all chose to wear. That’s right. Robin. With a stunning artwork that seems to often have a sunset color palette and sharp designs to characters, this new series promises to bring the street out of the darkness and drown it in kick-ass teenage vigilantism. For a comic series that doesn’t focus on Batman, but draws from his universe, We Are Robin is definitely a brilliant idea in progress, a story that Batfans should check out.

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     It’s inspiring to see that the “R” insignia managed to become a symbol for all teenagers to don. However, it doesn’t take away the etiquette that their actions will always hold. Vigilantism. We Are Robin doesn’t forget to acknowledge it and makes sure to showcase as many upsides as downsides to a group a teenagers taking justice into their own hands. Throughout the story, this new gang receives text messages from The Nest, their faceless boss, and readers only find out later on who that is (if you think you know, think again). This element of suspense is quite intriguing since it showcases this blind justice that the teenagers are following. Driven by this desire to meet and work for Batman, their only route to satisfy such a craving is to build a blind trust to The Nest.

   When the story has a group of teenagers at the wheel, it’s surely inevitable to see some stereotypes develop for each character. However, Lee Barmejo makes sure to destroy this repetitive angle to such a direction of storytelling. His characters all have their own personalities and showcases them with distinct dialogues. As the story unfolds, every member manages to present an interesting background. Issue #4 even gives a special attention to Riko Sheridan and her own personal obsession over Batgirl. This very issue was fascinating in so many ways. The artwork was very old school (really awesome, if you ask me), and gave way to a great tribute to an iconic character from Batman’s universe. Although there’s a general focus on Duke Thomas, our afro-american protagonist, the first six issues succeeds to balance out the point of views by giving enough time to shine for every character.

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     With adversity, this gang of Robin’s quickly learn to grow closer instead of straying away from one another. Coming from various backgrounds, this new identity of Robin helps them build trust and friendship as if it was them against the rest of the world. Lee Bermejo didn’t hesitate in taking certain steps in order to make this new family happen. To top it off, the arrival of a certain new villain into their lives later into the series helps accentuate their need to believe in each other and strive for the greater good. We Are Robin is a promising series with great ideas to hold its foundation firm and strong. It is an entity of its own, and the finale of The Vigilante Business seems to point out to some even greater ideas on gangs and the numerous dilemmas that they bring to light.If anything, more character development and a continuation in the direction its taking for the story could make this series absolutely amazing.

Did you read We Are Robin (Volume 1) yet? What did you think about it?

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MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆/

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11 thoughts on “We Are Robin (Volume 1) – The Vigilante Business by Lee Bermejo

    • transhaan says:

      Oh. My. Gawd. We need to fix this ASAP! :O :O You totally have to try a graphic novel/trade paperback soon. It’s such a unique medium, with its own set of surprises. I’m 100% sure there’s a comic made just for you out there. I hope you’ll land on it soon and discover what graphic novels are all about!

      – Lashaan

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  1. Chris Evans says:

    Awesome review my friend! I’d heard about this and the “Robin War” story arc (not sure if it’s the same thing?) and very much aware of Lee Bermejo (I’ve read “Joker”, have you read “Lex Luthor: Man of Steel”? Well worth checking out!), sounds as though he’s taken the same approach to representing teenagers in the same manner the late, great John Hughes did in films like “the Breakfast Club”…which I watched the other night coincidentally!

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    • transhaan says:

      Yep, Robin War is part of the We Are Robin series. Robin War expands over the whole New 52 (well just some series). I haven’t got the chance to read Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, but I definitely plan on getting to it ASAP. Both Joker and Lex Luthor were praised for their stories and execution, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! 😀 Brooo, The Breakfast Club is an absolute masterpiece! Glad you watched it recently, I loooooved it. Interesting comparison none the less! (I’d still put The Breakfast Club over We Are Robin when it comes down to characters though :P)

      – Lashaan

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      • Chris Evans says:

        Totally agree, what a great film it is and great characters that make it work so well. Ah, I get it now with the Robin War arc – it was woven a little bit into the main Batman title but was a little lost having not read the actual story. Hope you enjoy Lex Luthor (and I’m pretty sure you will)!

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