If you’re a comic book reader, you know the feeling. You’re reading a great story and are caught up in the action. Then you turn the page and find yourself looking at a piece of art that so perfectly captures the moment that you find yourself lingering on it, getting lost in its detail. Whether it reveals the scope of a battle, divulges a key character’s identity or perfectly conveys the emotion of the scene, it goes beyond excellence and enters the realm of perfection. It is, put simply, a perfect panel.
As bleak as Gotham City can seem, it’s always had at least one ray of light—Robin. The Boy Wonder has long kept Batman from becoming TOO dark of a Dark Knight with his optimism, energy and youthful exuberance. He’s the epitome of the young comic book sidekick—the one by which all others are measured.
In the just released WE ARE ROBIN #1, Gotham City teenagers band together to fight crime on the streets in the name of Batman’s iconic sidekick, Robin. Intuitive, smart and resourceful, but largely untrained and completely unsanctioned by Batman, these would-be heroes succeed due to street smarts and simple strength in numbers. Rather than one Robin, there are now hundreds of them, each with his or her own unique set of skills and traits, as well as their own particular chip on their shoulder.