June 2, 2023

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Noteworthy Issues: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #6 (August, 2022)

The World's Finest team go looking for a timelost Robin.

Well, after that Devil Nezha guy was taken care of, there was one loose end since Supergirl accidentally lost Robin in the timestream on the way back to the present.  He could be anywhere and at anytime!  That could be horrible!

Issue:  Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #6, August 2022

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Travis G Moore

The Plot:  Batman and Superman travel through time to rescue Robin.

Commentary:  So, at first blush, Robin getting lost in time could have put the Boy Wonder in a lot of danger, and he might really need some help.  As such, I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded by Mark Waid and Travis G Moore that Dick Grayson can take care of himself just fine.  He’s not panicked.  He knows he’s in the past since he was dropped in transit from centuries earlier and he only has to wait for a ride home.  That means leaving a message for the World’s Finest team, packing some provisions, and then literally joining the circus.  Turns out he’s only about a century or so in the past, and getting a job with another circus is actually easy for him.

Likewise, it isn’t that hard for Superman and Batman to find him.

But this is basically a Robin-centric issue, and while Clark and Bruce are there helping out, it really is more of Dick Grayson working to solve a murder at the circus where it’s been made to look like the circus’s lion did it.  Dick thinks the poor animal is innocent, and he has to figure things out before the lion is euthanized like a bear had been earlier.

Man, I know I’m not the only one, but euthanizing animals accused of a crime sure seems wrong to me and instantly puts me on Robin’s side.  It was probably intended to be that way.  Besides, there’s an obvious human suspect that Dick has been keeping an eye on anyway.

Anyway, it’s a nice one issue mystery that comes in at much smaller stakes than some demonic jackass who nearly took over the world.  The life of one innocent lion doesn’t quite match up to something like that.

Now what was Dick calling an obviously male lion “girl”?

Grade:  B+

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