Spoilers ahead! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Robin the Boy Wonder is set to be killed off in an upcoming issue of “Batman Incorporated”, and some fans are wondering if this spells out the end of Batman’s sidekick for good.
This incarnation of Robin was created after the first one–Dick Grayson–moved on and after the death of teenage Robin Jason Todd. In the latest comics, Robin is Damien, the 10-year old son of Bruce Wayne and the daughter of his longtime enemy, Ra’s Al Ghul. After starting his storyline as an ill-tempered, violent brat, Damien eventually rose up to become a respectable member of the Batman universe. It took over six years to achieve, and writer Grant Morrison is proud of the character arc.
“What we did was turn this little monster into a superhero,” he said. “He’s a little brat, but he’s a super-brat.”
Though he does admit that Damien is about to meet his end, he doesn’t want to give too much away, saying only, “He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies an absolute hero.”
There’s no word yet on whether Morrison believes Damien could be resurrected in future issues, like Jason Todd was. However, Morrison did say that Batman will always have a friend at his side.
“You can never say never in a comic book . . . Batman will ultimately always have a partner,” he said.
Image: Batman Incorporated, Issue 8