There is an old comedy sketch where someone is chastised for blurting out, “Your cat is dead.” The fellow is told he should have led up to the bad news gradually – “Your cat is on the roof.” Then, “Your cat fell off the roof.” And finally….
That is what I want to do with this story, cushion the blow.
For Robin, who is not just Batman’s sidekick but also his son in the current iteration, has been killed off in the latest Batman Incorporated, part of DC’s “New 52.”
Or am I simply guilty of buying into marketing hype here? Is it really news anymore when a comic book publisher kills off a superhero? That’s practically a regular part of every franchise’s lifecycle. These heroes don’t stay dead.
David Betancourt of the Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” column predicts both a replacement Robin (possibly female) and a resurrected Robin in the fullness of time —
Let’s not forget who Damian is: Although he’s halfWayne, he’s also half al Ghul. His mother, Talia, is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, one of Batman’s greatest foes. A man who has stayed alive for centuries using Lazarus pits. Lazarus pits that have the power to bring someone back from the dead.
As unwise as it may seem for DC to kill Damian at all — let alone so soon — it’s even more unwise to think that we’ll never see him again.
[Thanks to Martin Morse Wooster for the story.]