The Latest Batman News Is Both Surprising And Not Surprising At All

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Thanks to DC's Diamond Previews solicits for January 2015, the next person to step into the green boots of Batman's sidekick Robin has been revealed. Since it's a spoiler, the reveal is after the jump — but I do feel confident the new Robin's identity will not shock you. Something else will, however.

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Ready? Yeah, it's totally Damian Wayne.

Bruce Wayne's son Damian, killed early last year by his own insane clone (with help from writer Grant Morrison) will be resurrected in Batman and Robin #38 after the "Robin Rises" arc comes to a close. Seeing as Batman has spent one of his series doing nothing but trying to bring his son back to life — even teaming up with longtime foe Ra's al Ghul — and the fact that superheroes in general and Waynes in particular never stay dead (Martha wasn't a Wayne by blood, so she doesn't count, apparently) this was all pretty expected. What wasn't expected is this:

Illustration for article titled The Latest Batman News Is Both Surprising And Not Surprising At All
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...Damian has superpowers now. Or at least he's bulletproof. I have no idea how I feel about this, although I do wish Bruce Wayne would get sucked into another time portal so Dick Grayson could be the good-humored Batman to Damian's angry, kill-happy Robin again. That pairing was magical.

In other news, apparently Superman's getting a new outfit courtesy of John Romita Jr. in Superman #38. DC managed not to prematurely reveal it in Diamond, however, so we'll have to wait to see what it looks like. For a bit, anyways.

[Via Comic Book Resources]

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Eh, unless they specifically say he's now bullet-proof, I wouldn't be so hasty to judge a comic by its cover.

For all we know, Robin could just be testing a new Wayne-tech prototype, and considering that Batman can build magical bat-suits that run off his own bio-energy and give himself near-super powers, it's about damn time he did something to protect his teenage son from the inherent dangers of being shot in the face.