Future State: Robin Eternal #1 (March 2021)

Robin Eternal: Part One

Writer: Meghan Fitzmartin, Pencils: Eddy Barrows, Inks: Eber Ferreira, Colours: Adriano Lucas

Lazarus Resin is on its way to Gotham City, and the Magistrate intends to use this regenerative super drug to make its forces immortal! That is, unless Tim Drake has anything to say about it! Join the ultimate heist at 20,000 feet as Robin and Spoiler hijack the sky convoy that could mean the end of freedom in Gotham forever-if the emotional baggage between Tim and Stephanie doesn’t do them in first! It’s the fist-flying, sky-diving, robot smashing, fascist-punching adventure that you cannot miss-from rising star writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural) and top artist Eddy Barrows (Detective Comics)!

DCCOMICS.COM official solicitation

In the undetermined near future, of the DC Comics mini-event/failed reboot, Future State Tim Drake is Robin again.  According to his narration he appears to be the last remaining Bat-sidekick operating in Gotham.  Dick had gone mad, Jason has switched sides, and he can’t talk about Damien.  Something has happened in Gotham and anyone wearing a mask are now hunted by a mysterious security force lead by the mysterious Magistrate. Robin, alone, stands between the people of Gotham and the brutal Cybers (robotic “peacekeepers”).

During a fight with a Cyber, Tim is rescued by a one-eyed, gun wielding Spoiler (Stephanie Brown).  Apparently she has been retired from the hero life since whatever happened in Gotham happened and this is her first appearance back on the scene.  Robin asks for help stopping a shipment of super-fuel that is going to make the Cybers indestructible.  Even though she has just returned she refuses to help because she doesn’t want to watch people she loves die.

Tim turns to a young deaf girl named Grace, a former member of the We Are Robin team, for help. She works in the customs office and somehow knows what the super-fuel is. It’s a resin made with liquid from the Lazarus Pit that can repair synthetic material. If this is put in the Cybers they will become immortal. The pair jet of using a rocket pack to intercept and destroy the shipment.

When they arrive at the airship that’s carrying the resin they find Spoiler already there, ready to help them. Before they get far Tim is attacked and killed by Cyber power by the new resin. Tim’s body is thrown aside, lands in a puddle of Lazarus juice and he is instantly resurrected.

The problem with Future State is that we don’t know what the stakes are in Gotham. We are told the Magistrate and his peacekeepers are bad but all they are doing is hunting the vigilantes. So thing has happened to cause this but we don’t know what. The peacekeepers aren’t shown to do anything wrong. One panel of them threatening a innocent citizen would have been enough justification for Tim’s actions but he is the only one in the book breaking the rules.

There has always been established rules around the Lazarus Pit and they are just ignored here. I now this is comics and things can be changed to what you want them to be but the Lazarus Pit has only ever be shown to resurrect and heal people, using it as a fuel that repairs robots is completely off script. The instant revival of Tim comes across as a bit odd, too. This is a storytelling format that thrives on cliffhangers. Why kill and resurrect him in the last two pages when you could have finished on the death and brought him back on the first page next month. With periodic storytelling you need to motivate the reader to come back next issue.

There’s no clear reason for this story. You can’t just rely on people being fans of the characters.

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