I find it so immensely fucked up that so many superheroes have lived long past their supposed “legacies”, sidekicks, and children. And I’m not just talking about Damian Wayne here. I’m talking about every single child or sidekick that has died in any kind of comic. I’m talking about all the Damian Waynes, Lian Harpers, West twins, Arthur Jrs, and Stephanie Browns.
The thing that just makes me upset is that sidekicks and legacies are intended to take the mantle and be the successor, but none of them get to do that and actually grow up. Instead, they die some grisly way just to serve as angst fuel. Do superheroes really need that? Like, especially Batman of all people. Three Robins died under him, just, that is so grossly fucked up. We only see a handful of sidekicks actually grow up and become their own person and you know what? They grow up and end up dying anyways. Arguably, some of them get to come back, but that really doesn’t make it any more ok??
can we stop seeing comic book deaths for a while
I want to see kids grow up, go through awkward puberty, and then become who they’re supposed to be. I want them to experience their first kiss, the anxiety we all suffer from when we’re faced with the terrors of growing up, and I just want to see them live. Just more than anything, I want to see them become their own person.
I get some of these heroes are legacies. Batman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Superman, Flash etc. But some of these legacies died and their successors did get the chance to shine. Dick Grayson, Wally West, Donna Troy, and Connor Hawke (of course, not limited to them) all have done an amazing job as being their own sort of hero. I enjoyed Dick Grayson as Batman far more than I have ever have with Bruce. That’s not to say that they shouldn’t be their own hero away from their successors, but successors are meant to pass down the mantle. Whether that means Bruce dies (again) and Dick becomes Batman once more, or he stays Nightwing, it’s something that’s supposed to happen. Successors and mentors are supposed to leave it in the hands of their legacies because it’s natural. We don’t get to see that though because they all die or just get get flat out erased from continuity.
And it’s just really, really sad and really fucked up. We end up with dead kids, dead teenagers, and dead adults that should be the next step in heroism.
Can comics just please, please stop using death as a shitty plot device?