A thin plot lets down the character work in Future State: Robin Eternal #1, a middling team-up between Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown.
Faithful Tim Drake fans will be well-served by Future State: Robin Eternal #1, another look at future Gotham under the sway of the Magistrate, but for most, its thin plot will be a bit of an obstacle. With Drake and Stephanie Brown taking up arms against what amounts to nebulously powerful goo, there’s a definite sense of writer Meghan Fitzmartin just coming up with whatever will do to simply bring these characters together.
Even in the Gotham we’ve seen in The Next Batman and Dark Detective, Drake’s Robin and the We Are Robin youth movement hasn’t been glimpsed at all, so this single-issue story is welcome to those of us who have churned through a lot of anthologies lately. But everything involving the so-called Lazarus Resin, a very vaguely-defined way to power up the Magistrate’s cybers, is a big let-down, full of contrivance and convenience.
But it does give an excuse for Robin, Spoiler, and Darcy, now a Gotham customs agent, to get together and enjoy some light-hearted patter as they go on a “suicide mission” to stop the resin from reaching Gotham. The dialogue is snappy and the story pacey, with the action well-drawn and the frequent sound effects given an old-school pop by letterer Pat Brosseau.
Future State: Robin Eternal #1 is a mixed bag, then, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. But its flimsy plotting definitely holds it back from being one of the more stand-out stories in the Future State line, which is a shame.