Robin the Boy Wonder, Batman‘s loyal sidekick, is getting killed by DC Comics.
Robin will die in a fight with an assassin in the pages of the Batman Incorporated comic book which will come out on Wednesday. Robin’s foe who brings about his demise is actually a clone of his own DNA.
According to the New York Post, Batman writer Grant Morrison said Robin “dies an absolute hero.” Morrison added “It’s all about the family and the family going to hell,” but asserted that Batman will eventually get a new partner.
Dick Grayson was the first Robin back in the day. The current incarnation of Robin is fan favorite Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s 10-year-old son, who is his illegitimate child with Talia, the daughter of arch enemy Ra’s al Ghul, and who was trained by the League of Assassins. Batman and this far more edgier Robin have had a sometimes contentious relationship.
The Post notes that Robin has died before, but Damian Wayne is “the first to die at the height of his popularity with fans.”
According to Atlanta’s Channel 11, Robin’s death is not a total surprise to those following the contemporary comic book:
“Rumors have been circulating about Damian’s demise for several weeks, after the cover to Batman Incorporated #8 showed up on the internet. The cover features a cover similar to the cover of Batman #676, the first story which featured Damian — Batman, R.I.P. — showing the Robin emblem as part of the letters R.I.P.”
Are you sorry to see Robin go? Do you think it was the right move for DC Comics to kill Robin?