Written by Tim Seely, Becky Cloonan, and Michael W. Conrad
Art by Baldemar Rivas and Jorge Corona
Colors by Romulo Fajardo, Jr and Sarah Stern
Letters by Steve Wands and Becca Carey
The Rundown: The Robins battle Anarky and later gather for a discussion. Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown find adventure in Gotham.
The Story opens with a villain wreaking havoc in a local park. Meanwhile, in Bludhaven, the Devotees of Anarky try to initiate a deadly plan. However, they soon have an encounter with Nightwing and all the Robins. The group of heroes then overwhelm their enemies and stop the Devotees from causing destruction. Afterwards, the Robins head to Dick Grayson’s place and have an interesting conversation. Soon, they are interrupted by someone interesting, and tragedy strikes. Finally, a villain must decide how to proceed.
This episode is a sneak preview of the upcoming new series that begins in December 2021. In it, Stephanie and Cassie patrol the streets of Gotham after the events of Nightwing #86. There they discover something unusual.
The Story: Steely crafts a unique tale surrounding Batman’s natural and adopted children. Although this chapter is filled with action and comic banter, there is a serious undertone. The different versions of Robin each deal with their personal trauma, and at times it takes the form of violent acts. I’m curious to find out Dick Grayson’s purpose in gathering his siblings and how this will later affect the Bat Family. I am also interested in the plot involving Anarky.
In the B story, Steph and Cassie work to protect their home. I am excited to read more of their story and how they will be affected by the Fear State.
The Art: The artwork in this issue is set in two different styles. The A story uses a modern comic book styling that emphasizes detailed surroundings and character expression. And the B story uses a youthful designed filled with dizzying color. While this section also uses detail, the emphasis is on character form. Overall, I found the artwork to be interesting and suitable for the individual plots.