Happy Mother’s Day, guys! :-)
In honor of the day, here are the Batkids with their mothers (or stepmothers, in a few cases).
In order: Damian and Talia, Steph and Crystal, Babs and Barbara Sr., Cass and Shiva, Tim and Dana, Tim and Janet, Dick and Mary, Babs and Sarah, Jason and Sheila.
Jason and Cass are the ones who lucked out in the mother department, clearly. /blatant lies
4/27 - R.I.P.
Bat-Family reactions to Damian’s death.
7 days of Robins: Day four - Stephanie Brown.
You put my hand to your heart
And ran right through your history
The souvenirs and lost luggage
The shipwrecks and the misteries
7 days of Robins: Day three - Tim Drake.
And don’t it seem like too long a time
Since you were sweating in the streetlight?
Too many dreams, not enough schemes
And a bike with no gears to ride
With a wheels going too slow
7 days of Robins: Day two - Jason Todd.
Followed the hunt far as I could
Through dozen weathers, petrified wood
And I took one shot in the dark
And fired the bullet silver to heart
7 days of Robins: Day one - Dick Grayson.
It’s wonderful what a smile can hide
If the teeth shine bright and it’s nice and wide
It’s so magical you can keep inside
And if you bury it deep no one can find a thing, no
So, Damian Wayne… is dead. This is, if nothing else, interesting. Here are a few possibilities as to what this tells us about the psychosis currently possessing DC:
He’s only mostly dead: Killing of Damian, an extremely popular character, seems odd. There’s a good chance he’ll get dunked in a Lazarus Pit in a few months and be almost as good as new. This is the most likely possibility.
They have decided Robins are uncool: They did this before. After infinite crises the killed off Jason Todd and decided to go without a Robin. The a few years later they decided that Batman needed a Robin and introduced Tim. This maybe what has happened here and in a few years there will be a new Robin.
They want to purge the brand: A major reason why DC has gotten rid of extraneous characters has to do with marketing the comics for new readers. They do this to a) Make things more simple and b) Get rid of things that seem uncool, old fashioned or dumb. The Reboot has seen a widespread purging of side characters for various reasons but in the end the motivation is, in part, to make the franchises more sell able.
This seems a major reason why DC would want Damian gone as if you told most people who don’t read the comics that Bruce had a biological son they’d flip out.
Morrison is an Auteur: Is seem likely that GM planned to kill Damian like this from the start. Given this is his masterpiece I doubt he’d continue to write it if they were making him. However, if DC didn’t want Damian dead or at least didn’t care if he died (Rather like the crippling of Babs). However, since he also wrote those future Damian stories I more than suspect he will taketh away life, then give it back. He killed and resurrected Bruce after all (Though it was apparent from the start he wasn’t really dead and would be returned sooner rather than later).
DC is trying to listen to the fans but they have bad hearing: Many people, including myself, share the nauseating feeling that Damian is being brought to us like a cat bringing a dead little bird as a present. “HEY GUYS. YOU WANT STEPH BACK? WELL I GUESS WE NEED TO MAKE ROOM BY KILLING DAMIAN? WHAT? WHY ARE YOU CRYING HU-MAN?” No doubt Robin six will be a cool bisexual half black black half Hispanic half Navajo kid from the streets who teaches Batman hip hop and is written and drawn by an all white male team and will be killed off within six issues.
DC Editorial are a pack of shit flinging baboons: I don’t even need to list all the dumb things DC has done since the reboot. You know it by now. The reason simply maybe gross in competence, no plan, no foresight, poor decision making and a desperation to get headlines and boost sales with something shocking.
The end result of all this however is it makes the idea of Robins a bit silly. To lose one Robin is unfortunate. To lose two seems like carelessness. To lose three is reckless child endangerment. It won’t last and it can be redeemed but to make any future Robin not seem really stupid on Bruce’s part requires a level of careful handling I don’t think the current management at DC is capable of right now.
When Bruce “Died” it opened up new story possibilities. There was a new Batman with a new sort of Robin and the relationships all the Bats had to each other had to change. Everyone agrees some of the best Batfam stories of the last two decades were written in the DickBats era. But here, this is something they’ve done not once but twice before and that’s not counting all the none Robin deaths that make Bruce angsty or the repeat of the Jason angst we get every time that fucking display case gets smashed or that fact that recently they actually did something new with Bruce by occasionally making him happy and positive. There’s nothing new to be done and it fucks up the already seriously fucked up Batfamily.
It’s not impossible something good could come from this, but it would take an act of skill DC doesn’t seem to even be able to envision, never mind carry out.
lonely and forgotten, never thought she’d look my way
then she smiled at me and held me
just like she used to do
and I knew that she loved me