I suppose if you are a Robin fan then you will want to pick these issues up, however it feels like a bit of a filler that might disappoint some readers
This DC Future State: Robin Eternal #1 review contains some minor spoilers.
In another part of Gothams’ Future State, plans are afoot to enhance the Cybers in a bid to finish what’s left of Batman’s empire. The Magistrate is looking for a way to make his Cybers even more deadly, but Robin is on the prowl. He teams up with Spoiler, and although initially, Stephanie seems disinterested in helping out, she does decide to help him, and along with Darcy from the Gotham Customs Office, they breach the transporter that is delivering the deadly Lazarus Resin to the Magistrate. However the mission is compromised, and things turn very deadly for our trio of heroes.
Written by Meghan Fitzmartin, Robin Eternal is another aside in Batman’s Future State lore. It gives a little more substance to the world-building and fleshes out what the rest of the Bat-family have been up to. However, after the opening gambit, there are 5 pages with Tim and Darcy that are there just to slowly explain the plot to readers in the most annoying way possible. Literally, pages of the two characters talking and explaining what has happened and what is going to happen, and it feels slow and, even worse, lazy.
Unfortunately, DC Future State: Robin Eternal #1 more like a backup story, and would have been better placed in the back pages of Dark Detective instead of having its own two-issue series.
Although it is designed to bring more layers to the premise, the plot is quite weak, and there’s not a lot of substance here for readers to get their teeth into. It would seem that the whole book hinges on the reveal in the last two pages, and everything else was set up for this moment. The writing is sadly just a bit clunky, with no real ebb and flow, and everyone speaking on the same cadence.
The art is from Eddy Barrows on pencils with Eber Ferreira on inks, and it’s pretty sturdy stuff. Perhaps though, more credit should be given to colorist Adriano Lucas, who helps lift some scenes up a level by using reds and greens in action scenes that heighten the reading experience.
There’s not too much else to say about this book, and I suppose if you are a Robin fan then you will want to pick these issues up, however it feels like a bit of a filler that might disappoint some readers. Thankfully there’s no backup story so it has a $3.99 price point.