Red Robin

Detective Comics #940

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2016

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Detective Comics #940“Rise of the Batmen” concludes with our team of heroes taking down the Colony thanks to the quick thinking, and risk taking, of Red Robin who makes himself the target of all the Colony’s drones. His sacrifice saves the lives of hundreds in the city, but to do so Tim Drake will have to make the ultimate sacrifice… or so it would appear.

Detective Comics #940 allows Tim to go out in a blaze of glory while showcasing his loss to both Batman and Spoiler. Even if the epilogue clues readers in on the fact that our hero was transported out before his death, and is now the prisoner of an unknown enemy, as far as his teammates know Red Robin made his last stand. As big heroic sacrifices go, this one works pretty damn well.

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Detective Comics #939

by Alan Rapp on September 1, 2016

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Detective Comics #939After discovering the identity of the Colony of Batmen and rescuing Batman from their clutches, the team springs into action to prevent the secret government group from fulfilling its plans. With their anonymity gone, Jake Kane accelerates his plans by sending all his drones after potential League targets without any care for potential causalities.

Along with some flashbacks to a Bruce Wayne and Katherine Kane‘s childhood, Detective Comics #939 proves to be the issue that finally highlights Red Robin and his unique skill-set. Unable to stop the killer drones, the member of the Bat-Family offers them a new target: himself. The only question is will his own Bat-Drones be able to keep him alive long enough to whittle down the Colony’s forces?

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Detective Comics #938

by Alan Rapp on August 23, 2016

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Detective Comics #938The Bat-break-out issue features Batwoman leading her time inside her father’s super-secret base to battle the Colony of Batmen to rescue Batman and expose Jake Kane‘s illegal war on domestic soil. Heavy on action, the issue spends the time to highlight each member as Clayface continues to prove useful, Cassandra Cain continues to kick some serious ass (although too much off it off-panel), and the back-and-forth between Red Robin and Spoiler continues to be a highlight of the comic.

Detective Comics #938 delves into a bit of the backstory behind the Colony and Kane’s obsession with a secret arm of the League of Assassins which Batman doesn’t even believe exists.

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Detective Comics #937

by Alan Rapp on August 8, 2016

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Detective Comics #937Detective Comics #937 answers some very important questions about how the army of Batmen were created and why. While Batwoman reluctantly leads her team against her own father, with a pit stop through the deep underground of Gotham which Red Robin has made good use of, Batman breaks out of his cell and does a little investigating as to just what the hell is going on.

The most important piece of information Detective Comics #937 offers is just how the Batmen were able to take down Batman (technically they didn’t, their tech did). This addresses my one big complaint with the arc so far as well as points out a glaring weakness for the soldiers who are relying not only on tech stolen from Batman but a sophisticated computer program based on his own fighting style (which, of course could be vulnerable to the right kind of attack).

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Detective Comics #936

by Alan Rapp on July 21, 2016

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Detective Comics #936Betrayal is the theme of Detective Comics #936. With Batman taken down by an elite team of armored Bat-soldiers, Batwoman activates her team of Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, Clayface, and Cassandra Cain. Needing all the help she can get, Batwoman also enlists the help of her father Colonel Jacob Kane and that’s when things go from bad to worse for our heroes.

Revealing that the U.S. Military is behind the Bat-soldier strike force which is under Kane’s control, Batwoman’s father uses her misplaced trust to have the team attack the heroes’ base. Neither the betrayal nor her father’s offer to join the sanctioned team shakes Batwoman’s purpose. Getting her entire team out of danger, now the real struggle begins as the heroes will be forced to take on the United States Government, stop whatever they have planned, and save Gotham’s greatest son.

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