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Comics: Batman loses another Robin as writer Grant Morrison closes his run on the Bat-books at DC

Feb. 25, 2013by:

For those keeping up with the current Bat-family of books, which just wrapped an epic Joker-themed storyline called "Death of the Family," the biggest shake up to happen since Bruce Wayne's death a few years back during Final Crisis is upon us.  It may not involve Bruce Wayne, but it certainly affects his offsprint.

Damian Wayne, the current Robin, is a precocious, violent, and cold 10-year-old boy raised to be an elite assassin by the League of Assassins, led by his mother, none other than Talia Al Ghul, who movie fans will recall from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES as played by Marion Cotillard.  Damian's father?  None other than Bruce Wayne.  After a series of conflicts, Damian ends up under the wing (natch!) of Batman, eventually taking on the mantle of Robin.  Following in the footsteps of Dick Grayson (the current Nightwing), Jason Todd (the current Red Hood), and Tim Drake (the current Red Robin), Damian is the fifth character to take on the mantle (if you count The Dark Knight Returns' Carrie Kelly). 

The father-son relationship created an interesting and compelling dynamic for both characters, most notably in writer Grant Morrison's run on Batman and Robin and the newly-created series, Batman, Inc., where the newest Robin will meet his final demise in issue #8, out on shelves tomorrow.Although the details of his death haven't yet been leaked, DC and Morrison have confirmed the outcome, with Morrison saying,

"He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies an absolute hero."

Morrison went on to say that Damian's death will "illustrate how parents lose sight of their kids when they fight."

“It’s all about the family and the family going to hell. The two adults in the story are both culpable. The kid’s the good guy.”

Personally speaking, I've been reading the Batbooks for going on 20 years and I feel they are at a solid peak right now.  Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo are killing it on Batman and Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's run on Batman and Robin has been some of the most phenomenal storytelling and art I've ever seen in a Bat-title.  No one has explored the relationship of the two characters as much as Morrison has as Tomasi, and the book speaks volumes about the father-son dynamic of Batman and Robin. I'll be truly sad to see Damian go.

Tomasi isn't exactly pleased to see one of his leading characters killed off, either, but says:

"I think Grant sends Damian off in exactly the way he wanted from the start. To be honest, I'm glad he ended up keeping Damian around longer than he expected, allowing Pat and I enough time to explore the father/son dynamic set against a tragic backdrop."

Batman, Inc. #8 hits comic shops tomorrow.

Extra Tidbit: If you've been following the comics, what's your take on the death of Damian Wayne?
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10:45PM on 02/28/2013

Well done Joblo!

In this day and age spoilers are inevitable. One way or the other its very difficult to stay away from them. If not Joblo, we were going to find this in some other way or place.

However, the least that can be done is not to post such stuff in a headline. It's funny how Joblo took its viewer's opinion on what should be considered spoilers (and how to avoid them) with the below article only to completely ignore it:
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Bottom-line: We're gonna spoil stuff in our headlines to generate
In this day and age spoilers are inevitable. One way or the other its very difficult to stay away from them. If not Joblo, we were going to find this in some other way or place.

However, the least that can be done is not to post such stuff in a headline. It's funny how Joblo took its viewer's opinion on what should be considered spoilers (and how to avoid them) with the below article only to completely ignore it:
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Bottom-line: We're gonna spoil stuff in our headlines to generate more clicks. Deal with it!
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9:35AM on 02/26/2013
Thanks for the spoiler in the headline. The book isn't even out yet. WTF.
Thanks for the spoiler in the headline. The book isn't even out yet. WTF.
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9:03AM on 02/26/2013
I got no problem with Robin, male or female. Damien, Jason, Stephanie, Tim etc. What I've always had a problem with was their ages seemed to decrease as time went on and I could never buy, no matter the training they went through, a 10 year old kicking a 200lb thugs ass. It just ruined any fight they were in for me. I need a Robin at the bare minimum to be able to vote when he puts on the tights.
I got no problem with Robin, male or female. Damien, Jason, Stephanie, Tim etc. What I've always had a problem with was their ages seemed to decrease as time went on and I could never buy, no matter the training they went through, a 10 year old kicking a 200lb thugs ass. It just ruined any fight they were in for me. I need a Robin at the bare minimum to be able to vote when he puts on the tights.
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7:49AM on 02/26/2013
Fucking hell. Thanks for ruining the fucking comic for me. I stopped frequenting comics sites last year because of their spoilers, and now my comics are spoiled on my favourite movie website? Please no more spoilers in the title. It's not hard. It is really, really not.
Fucking hell. Thanks for ruining the fucking comic for me. I stopped frequenting comics sites last year because of their spoilers, and now my comics are spoiled on my favourite movie website? Please no more spoilers in the title. It's not hard. It is really, really not.
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5:51AM on 02/26/2013
well no one ever really dies in comics but i had no idea this was coming
well no one ever really dies in comics but i had no idea this was coming
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3:36AM on 02/26/2013

Ugh, why can't news agencies and websites understand that spoiling things sucks.

I ended up finding out on the NY Post doing the same thing, guise srsly spoiling sucks. Atleast wait until the day after a comic book comes out, y'know, to give the people who give a shit a chance.
I ended up finding out on the NY Post doing the same thing, guise srsly spoiling sucks. Atleast wait until the day after a comic book comes out, y'know, to give the people who give a shit a chance.
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3:07AM on 02/26/2013
Ever heard of a fucking spoiler alert?
Ever heard of a fucking spoiler alert?
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2:55AM on 02/26/2013
Son of a bitch, is that really the cover art they are going with? I can't be too mad at the site now if that's what I was going to walk into at my local shop. I've collected all of the death of the family too read once I have all the issues and now I see this?! How great.....
Son of a bitch, is that really the cover art they are going with? I can't be too mad at the site now if that's what I was going to walk into at my local shop. I've collected all of the death of the family too read once I have all the issues and now I see this?! How great.....
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2:50AM on 02/26/2013
I've been really enjoying the current run on Batman And Robin, which really delves into Bruce and Damian's complex father/son relationship. I can see why they might want to kill off Damian, but his has been a really interesting run as Robin (what with him being a bit of a psycho and all). Still as you say, death is rarely permanent in comics.
I've been really enjoying the current run on Batman And Robin, which really delves into Bruce and Damian's complex father/son relationship. I can see why they might want to kill off Damian, but his has been a really interesting run as Robin (what with him being a bit of a psycho and all). Still as you say, death is rarely permanent in comics.
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11:39PM on 02/25/2013
In response to the "Extra Tidbit", I don't have a reaction to the death of Damian Wayne because I haven't read the fucking issue since it hasn't been released yet? When did it become okay to spoil a major comic book even in the media before the comic book is even released? It happened when Captain America died, when when Spider-Man died, when Spider-Man revealed his identity to the public, when Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up, and more. I don't see spoilers online for unreleased movies, let
In response to the "Extra Tidbit", I don't have a reaction to the death of Damian Wayne because I haven't read the fucking issue since it hasn't been released yet? When did it become okay to spoil a major comic book even in the media before the comic book is even released? It happened when Captain America died, when when Spider-Man died, when Spider-Man revealed his identity to the public, when Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up, and more. I don't see spoilers online for unreleased movies, let alone in the heading of the goddamn article. And this isn't the only website that I've already stumbled across this major spoiler.
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12:07AM on 02/26/2013
And what really sucks is when you're able to avoid a spoiler on the Internet and then one of your friends or a co-worker tells you. And then treat you like an ass for getting upset because the Internet culture has made spoliers normal and it's become ok to mock people for wanting to enjoy the damn story. It does seem worse for comics, like you said, but I've seen several movie surprises given away in headlines on Comingsoon and Collider so I stopped visiting those sites. Joblo is pretty good
And what really sucks is when you're able to avoid a spoiler on the Internet and then one of your friends or a co-worker tells you. And then treat you like an ass for getting upset because the Internet culture has made spoliers normal and it's become ok to mock people for wanting to enjoy the damn story. It does seem worse for comics, like you said, but I've seen several movie surprises given away in headlines on Comingsoon and Collider so I stopped visiting those sites. Joblo is pretty good about not ruining movies in headlines, but with comics it's another story. And in this case it's TWO DAYS BEORE IT COMES OUT! Ok, done venting. Just had to get that out of my system.
11:03PM on 02/25/2013
When Damian first appeared in the comics, I wasn't the biggest fan of the character, but I think he's really grown on me and I loved seeing how his relationships with his dad, Tim, Dick and Alfred developed. I wouldn't have killed him off, especially since he's a really interesting Robin, but at least it's nowhere near as bad as that Superior Spider-Man body swap debaacle.
When Damian first appeared in the comics, I wasn't the biggest fan of the character, but I think he's really grown on me and I loved seeing how his relationships with his dad, Tim, Dick and Alfred developed. I wouldn't have killed him off, especially since he's a really interesting Robin, but at least it's nowhere near as bad as that Superior Spider-Man body swap debaacle.
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11:02PM on 02/25/2013
Thanks for blowing it in the damn headline
Thanks for blowing it in the damn headline
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10:55PM on 02/25/2013

well new 52 he is only 3rd robin...

in the new 52 Tim drake was never robin. Damian is the 3rd robin. in new 52.
in the new 52 Tim drake was never robin. Damian is the 3rd robin. in new 52.
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9:51PM on 02/25/2013

There were 6 robins

You forgot about stephanie brown
You forgot about stephanie brown
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9:28PM on 02/25/2013
I'm okay with it. Personally I think Damien is just absolutely annoying.
I'm okay with it. Personally I think Damien is just absolutely annoying.
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9:10PM on 02/25/2013
This is so messed up Damien has been absolutely my favorite bat charter for the past number of years. I loved watching his character grow from a spoiled rotten shit to a spoiled rotten shit who cares about his fathers legacy the most out of the family. Plus his big brother relationship with Dick Grayson was just fantastic. SHIT!!
This is so messed up Damien has been absolutely my favorite bat charter for the past number of years. I loved watching his character grow from a spoiled rotten shit to a spoiled rotten shit who cares about his fathers legacy the most out of the family. Plus his big brother relationship with Dick Grayson was just fantastic. SHIT!!
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8:44PM on 02/25/2013
Booo!! I loved Damien as robin but no matter he'll be back in a few years. Also HAHAHAHA at how the spoiler is in the title and then the articule starts with "Spoiler!!" Not complaining, just laughing at the blinded stupidity here.
Booo!! I loved Damien as robin but no matter he'll be back in a few years. Also HAHAHAHA at how the spoiler is in the title and then the articule starts with "Spoiler!!" Not complaining, just laughing at the blinded stupidity here.
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8:31PM on 02/25/2013
Ah yes, the ol' "The Spoiler is in the Title" gag from Joblo.com. Well done.
Ah yes, the ol' "The Spoiler is in the Title" gag from Joblo.com. Well done.
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8:11PM on 02/25/2013

Laaaaaame.

Killing another Robin is completely unnecessary. Even if there was any possibility that DC would let him stay dead.
Killing another Robin is completely unnecessary. Even if there was any possibility that DC would let him stay dead.
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