By Fabian Nicieza (writer), Joe Bennet (pencils), Jack Jadson (inks), Guy Major (colors)
Save your money. I know the whole Death in the Family homage cover looks enticing, but believe me, it’s not worth it. Let it go.
Robin #175 does little to advance the RIP storyline. In fact, the first nine pages are filled with Robin telling Spoiler (who basically acts as the reader) the complete backstory of RIP. For those of you completely lost in the whole RIP storyline, this conversation will definitely alleviate some of those problems. However, you could just as well find some annotations online and save yourself $2.99. The choice is yours.
From there, the story delves into the past with Nightwing and Robin running around Europe fighting crime while Batman spends 49 days in a cave. Seriously. The events shown are completely by the numbers and do little to make us sympathize for Robin, who’s completely missing having Batman around by this point. You’d think he was acting like a dumped girlfriend by the way he’s been acting.
The interesting parts are few and far between. Robin is beginning to show signs of desperation. He makes uneasy deals with cops and even one of Batman’s biggest enemies, imploring them to assist in his search for Bruce Wayne. If Batman can be saved, Robin will be the one to do it. If Batman’s beyond saving, Robin wants to be the one to take him out.
Right. Like that’s going to happen. (Grade: D)
– J. Montes