In July, “Robin Rises,” but that doesn’t mean that it’s that Robin, or that kind of rising.
The Batman and… title returns to Batman and Robin with #33 in July 2014, after over a year of stories featuring others in the role, from Red Robin to Catwoman to Two-Face and even last month’s Aquaman. During that time, Batman has been on the quest to retrieve the body of his dead son, Damian Wayne, in hopes of reviving him. A new one-shot called Robin Rises: Omega written by Peter J. Tomasi and drawn by Andy Kubert (Damian’s co-creator) will conclude that story, but also add in a new, Apokoliptian twist.
Right now, though, that loaded title of Robin Rises is staying purposefully ambiguous. In an interview with LATimes Hero Complex, Tomasi is only saying that DC Comics is “most definitely bringing back a Robin for Batman’s 75th anniversary.” The coy writer says that “Batman needs a Robin,” and promises this story comes from everything he’s done on the title since the beginning.
”This has all been an organic uber-story and all the moments [readers] have spent with the character will pay off as Pat, Andy and I serve our only purpose, which is to honor the actual title of the book so everyone can be invested in the roller coaster ride, whether you’re new to the party or already scrunched up in the corner,” the writer said.
Again, while not confirming a return for Damian, Tomasi did talk about his favorite resurrection stories, citing “The Death and Return of Superman” for its “big-ass action beats” and the way it took the time to get to know the new characters introduced. He also loved Green Lantern: Rebirth, a series he edited, and mentioned the return of Bucky Barnes in Captain America, a story that has recently been adapted for the big screen in the hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The series will have an impact on the larger DCU, as the cover to Batman and Robin #33 shows, with the rest of the new Justice League - yes, that included Lex Luthor and Captain Cold - trying to prevent Batman from going to Apokolips. Tomasi promises, without spoiling, the “story will most definitely reverberate within the DCU.” While he hesitated to say much more, he did say, “Bruce and the Justice League won’t be exactly seeing eye to eye on several important issues.” The Apokolips artifact known as the “Chaos Shard” plays heavily into the story.
Robin Rises: Omega will be 38 pages long, coming in July 2014, and leads directly into Batman and Robin #33.