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Imagination Centre Reviews @DCComics Damian: Son of Batman #1

Here are today's Guest Reviews by John McCubbin from Imagination Centre for DC's Damian: Son of Batman #1. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.

See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

Damian: Son of Batman #1 - Book One: The Next of Kin

Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, has adopted the cape and cowl as his own…but what horrific events set this troubled hero on the path of his dark destiny? It’s a possible future that may never be in this epic miniseries written and drawn by one of Damian’s co-creators, Andy Kubert!



This has been a series that I've been looking forward to for some time now as besides the fact that I've been a big fan of the Damian Wayne character, I was especially interested to see how he plays a part in the future of the DC Universe given the fact that he dies in Batman Incorporated #8. I have however been slightly sceptical following Andy Kubert's Joker issue during Villains Month, though I still have high hopes for this mini-series.


As Batman and Robin investigate a crime involving the Joker things don't end very well or Batman.


This was a decent start for the series, though it was still rather disappointing. Andy Kubert didn't do a terrible job with this issue, as it was much better than the Joker issue. I did however feel that there was a few problems with Kubert's writing, as besides the characteristics of Damian being off a bit the dialogue being rather awkward at times, also feeling very unnatural. Kubert would however do a good job of making this issue flow smoothly, as well as adding mystery and suspense to the story. Kubert did however do a fantastic job of the artwork on this issue, as although there were the odd awkward facial expressions, it was very intense and dramatic, having a brilliant tone throughout. The layout of Kubert's art was also outstanding helping to enhance the excitement of the fight sequences, as well as adding more depth to the story. Added to that the wonderful colours from Nick J. Napolitan and this would be a vibrant story with amazing tone.


Now I usually dislike giving away spoilers, but there's a major development near the start that is hard to avoid spoiling, and comments about other developments could also mention this. Anyway now that you're warned Batman dies in the opening sequence. Now this isn't a shock as he must die for Damian to become Batman. The sequence itself was however very exciting, with some beautiful artwork, as although the dialogue was a bit poor, it would be very intense and overall very entertaining.

Read the rest of John McCubin's Review on Imagination Centre

Images Unplugged Rating

Cover & Solicit - 3
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 4
Verdict - 3.6 (7/10) - 
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John McCubbin is a blogger at http://imaginationcentre.blogspot.co.uk/ and a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. The use of this review has been authorized by the original author.


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