May I just point out that in the previous issue Clark asked Dick to take Damian and go so he and Bruce could have some privacy, but they’re up there spying and omg it’s really cute and sad help.
<Mumbles to self that she has to start reading this series, because it sounds a lot like Kingdom Come Earth-22…and she loves Kingdom Come…>
Even Bruce’s costume has a lot of Alex Ross influence. Plus Damian is alive, so…yay, finally something to spend money on in comics after months.
It’s a good week for the LADEEZ and let’s start with the book that I’m sure everyone is wondering about.
So will Harper Row become the next Robin? Let’s just say if you put an empty pair of boots on the cover of a comic, it may mean someone could fill them … Just read the issue, you’re going…
Harper Row…Snyder, you came up with this name, so explain this explanation of her character from comic-vine:
A young, punky Gotham City electrical engineer who wants to assist Batman in repayment for protecting her brother and her from an assault, much to Batman’s frustration.
Punky? Is her last name Brewster? This gif please:
If she becomes Robin, I’m done. That’s it. I thought the Bat-titles were above this. If you were going to bring in a female Robin, what is wrong with Steph? Seriously. What are you people thinking?
Nope. This reboot is completely non-canon. If she becomes “Robin” Harper is not really a Robin. Carrie Kelly is elseworlds. I think this “Row” (ooh, she’s dangerous. Look at her name.) should be too…or not really Robin at all.
And don’t you dare let her wear Damian’s boots…or give her his animals…in fact, please don’t let her be Robin at all.
(I would like to nominate Hit-girl for that position instead, makes a lot more sense.)
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?
How many days til Damian comes back like every other comic book character?
If Damian is truly dead, I give it four to six months, tops. Sales will dwindle. Fans will stay mad. People will criticize the new choice of Robin. DC will cave.
Although, they’ve been content to ignore us all in the past, but this is a foul move and I don’t think it will take very long for Damian to return in one form or another.
I’m betting on Talia stealing Damian’s body without Bruce’s permission and re-animating him in the Lazarus Pit; leading to her raising him herself again, ala Brotherhood Of The Bat style. Keeping the fact he’s alive from Bruce with a big fall out.
Either way. I won’t be touching any Batman story if Harper becomes Robin. That’s just insulting.