A long time ago, DC Comics had fans vote to determine whether Robin should live or die, and fans voted to let him die. Now, the Washington Times reports on Feb. 25 that in this week's issue of "Batman Incorporated" it looks like Robin the Boy Wonder will be killed again.
The first time around, Robin was Jason Todd, a street kid who replaced the popular Dick Grayson as the sidekick to Batman. After Todd died, a new Robin came in named Tim Drake, but now he is operating under the name Red Robin. That is when Batman learned he had a son.
Damien Wayne has been Robin for a couple of years now and is more similar to Jason Todd's wildcard than the good guys of Tim and Dick. Damien is a very polarizing character, an antagonizing pre-teen who seems to enjoy pushing buttons and making other characters angry. He also seemed to be leaning more towards the violence and possible killing of enemies that Batman always stands against.
However, he is also Bruce Wayne's son. That will make this death his the Caped Crusader even harder than when Jason died. The recent cross-over storyline was called "Death of the Family," and there is every chance that Batman breaks off all contact with partners after the death of his son.
“He saves the world. He does his job as Robin,” writer Grant Morrison said. “He dies an absolute hero. 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. Robin’s death will illustrate how parents lose sight of their kids when they fight.”
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.