Massive BATMAN, INCORPORATED #8 SPOILERS FOLLOW. Don't Say We Didn't Warn You!
SPOILERS follow after the paragraph break!
The NY Post played host to the latest mainstream media spoiler Monday morning, this time from DC Comics. Like the death of Captain America and Ultimate Peter Parker, this one centered around a grim reality for one of comic book's superheroes.
Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and current Robin to his Batman, will die in Wednesday February 27, 2013's Batman, Incorporated #8, fighting a clone of himself, with Batman "too late to save his protégé," says the Post, marking the second Robin that has died with Batman missing the moment.
“He saves the world. He does his job as Robin,” writer Grant Morrison said to the Post. “He dies an absolute hero.”
The storyline would have also been spoiled by the standard cover to Batman, Inc. #8, which features Robin and the caption "R.I.P." The cover was leaked by a prominent retailer from Queens, NY ten days prior to DC Comics' news release via The Post.
Damian, the son of Bruce and Talia al Ghul, Ra's daughter, has been at the center of Morrison's run for its entirety, which started with the story "Batman and Son" in September, 2006, drawn by Andy Kubert and edited by Peter Tomasi. Tomasi would go on to write Batman and Robin for DC Comics, chronicling the life of Damian and Bruce fighting crime side-by-side as the titular characters in-between the story arcs in Morrison's epic, which carried acrosss volumes of Batman, Batman & Robin, and finally two volumes of Batman, Inc.
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Morrison says that the fault will lie solely with Talia and Bruce, with both clearly blamed in the story, and Damian in the middle as the hero that could have been.
“The two adults in the story are both culpable. The kid’s the good guy," Morrison said, before saying "What we did was turn this little monster into a superhero."
The Joker killed Jason Todd, the second Robin, in 1988, after a fan vote to decide his fate resulted in his demise. Todd returned in 2005 - initially as a foil to Batman - and now fights as a hero once more in Red Hood and the Outlaws. Coincidentally, Todd was revived through a fabled Lazarus Pit, the underground "fountains of youth" that Ra's al Ghul, Damian's grandfather, used to stay alive for centuries. Todd's savior? Talia al Ghul.
With that in mind, Morrison wouldn't say if this was Damian's final fate, but did say that Robin must live on. “You can never say never in a comic book . . . Batman will ultimately always have a partner.”
The story in Batman, Inc. comes hot on the heels of an arc in another DC Comic featuring the caped crusader called simply Batman, where the Joker caused the "Death of the Family," where Bruce Wayne lost the trust of his various sidekicks and confidants, including the previous Robins and Batgirl. When the "Death" in the title was being taken more literally by fans, Damian was at the top of the list in the dead pool.
Stay tuned to Newsarama for much more on Batman, Inc, Damian's fate, and Robin.