Robin The Boy Wonder Will Die, Says Major Newspaper


Two days before the issue is scheduled to hit stores, DC Comics has exclusively told the NY Post the ending to "Batman Incorporated" #8

-- that Batman's sidekick Robin dies. 

In this case, Batman's 10-year-old son Damian -- the latest young person to put on the Robin colors -- "eats it" (as it says on the Post's URL for the story). He dies "battling a brutal enemy," according the article, with writer Grant Morrison adding, "He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies an absolute hero.”


If you are a comics fan and reading this right now, you might be upset about "spoilers." Well, if the headline of a major news site runs an article that says "Robin Dead,"  with a highlights box featuring Robin's face with the words "Holy Hit Job!" -- it's pretty much spoilt. (though to be fair, the Post did post a spoilers warning about five paragraphs down about the spoiler -- after spoiling it)

Anyway, Robin the Boy (sometimes, Girl) Wonder is dead. Again.

Batman has had a series of Robins over the years -- some have quit to go on to do better things, and some unlucky others, such as 1980s Robin Jason Todd, get their fate decided by a call-in number. Others, such as "Girl Wonder" Stephanie Brown, "sort of die" (as well as "sort of" be recognized as Robin, and then "sort of" come back to life).


Why do these teen -- and, in the case of the current, soon-to-be-dead Robin, child -- sidekicks seem so ripe for the offing? In the book "Teen Angels & New Mutants: Rick Veitch's Bratpack and the Art, Karma, and Commerce of Killing Sidekicks," author Stephen R. Bissette sees the phenomena as a cross between some sort of primal sacrificial ritual and a periodic sales-bump:

"In case you didn't already know it, killing sidekicks has become big business, and not just in comic books. It's nothing new, really. As a society, we've always savored the spectacle of youth snuffed out, be it horribly abrupt or a chlling slow fade...a sacrificial rite-of-passage we inexplicably crave as a culture."


The Veitch graphic novel "Bratpack" itself seems to be inspired by the gimmick-laden death of Jason Todd, and presents a superhero universe where these young sidekicks are perpetually killed off and replaced. Indeed, "Batman Incorporated" writer Morrison teased a possible new Robin to take Damian's place:

"You can never say never in a comic book...Batman will ultimately always have a partner."

Will Batman indeed have a new Robin? Who might take the place of Damian? Is Damian really dead, or will he be eventually chucked into a Lazarus Pit somewhere?

Find out sometime in the future: same Bat-Time...same Bat-Channel!

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