Damian Wayne is coming back from the dead super-powered. Wait, what?
First of all, let me get this out the way. HE’S BACK. OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY OMG YAS OMG YAS I’M SO HAPPY
Yes, I am really happy that Damian Wayne is really coming back from the dead (and Tomasi hasn’t been trolling us this whole time) and it isn’t some random new character that they would make up for that so-called “new” Robin role (although, I’d still be pretty happy if it was Harper Row because for some reason, I’ve fallen in love with her). I mean, to be honest, there weren’t any other possible candidates for Robin because there was no else that was appearing as a possible candidate in the Batman and Robin title itself. Anna Aguila, who Newsarama has suspected of being a candidate, appeared in Detective Comics, but I don’t think we’ve really heard about her in a while (I haven’t been really following Detective Comics anyways), and Harper Row has been confirmed as Bluebird, as seen in the Batman #28 issue and Batman Eternal.
Though some believed that it may be Tim Drake, I shot down that idea because becoming Robin again would humiliate Tim, because after going off to form the Teen Titans, why would he want to become a sidekick again (though New 52 titles keep contradicting each other by saying that either Tim was formerly a Robin and then became Red Robin after Damian came into the picture or he has always called himself Red Robin to “respect Jason”). Also, the Futures End issue of Batman and Robin had Duke Thomas, a character in the Batman arc “Zero Year” appear as the current Robin, but Duke hadn’t been appearing in any comics post-Zero Year. So it had to be DAMIAN, no matter what.So anyways, this information has been released to the public in the form of solicitations for January 2015 a couple of months ago, but as a comic book geek, I felt a strong need to discuss what a super-powered Robin would mean for the Dynamic Duo. Wait, but SUPERPOWERS?
Yeah, I mean, if they just brought Damian back as just Damian again, it would have made this time in which Damian has been among the dead a total waste. What would have been the point in the Requiem storyline (start with Batman and Robin #18, probably the best silent issue ever) and all that Batman rage and Tomasi teasing if something special that wasn’t coming?
Anyways, how would this affect the Dynamic Duo’s dynamic? Robin has always been considered a sidekick to Batman, not a superior or equal. However, Batman always wins because he’s Batman, so that doesn’t really matter. Knowing how Bruce wouldn’t want to lose Damian again, would he be more protective of Damian? Or knowing how Damian is likely going to still be his brash and cocky self, would Damian bring complications to their relationship? Think about it. An eleven year-old kid with slight (arguably) anger issues with superpowers.
What I worry about the most though is how Batman will tell Damian about Dick Grayson’s “death.” Will he tell the truth about how he had Dick fake his death to infiltrate Spyral? Or will he still lie to everyone? From my perspective, Batman’s being a jerk because not telling those closest to Nightwing (like Batgirl and Alfred) will only cause pain.
Bruce and Damian will get into a huge argument discussing Damian’s powers, causing Damian to go solo hero. He thens takes on the moniker of Nightwing, in honor of Dick, and also that might a sweet move for DC since Injustice has already featured Damian as Nightwing.
Signing out for the night,