So, like any true ambulance-chaser, I bought a copy of Batman, Inc. # 8. I didn't really understand too much of the story, but from what I could piece together, it certainly seemed well-executed -- as just a reader who isn't up on all of the things that have happened with Damian Wayne but certainly knows his origin and the first few years of his existence, it certainly read well.
But wow. That fight and death sequence...wow. That...wow. That was some brutal action, there.
Which is the point of this thread. Times have changed, and will always continue to do so. Comics have evolved with them.
Dick Grayson, on any given day, is my favorite character in comic books. And for the era in which I first became of this industry, the concept of a Robin was awesome -- this little kid (who grew up over the course of decades) in this red and green costume who jumps around and punches adults and fights crime with his bad-ass mentor...man. That was awesome. It was amazing. When I was a kid, and for the era those stories were told, that stuff was thrilling stuff for a kid.
But that era is gone. It just is. Because times change.
Now, having a Robin...at the end of the day, Damian Wayne was just an 11-year-old kid. And that death was...not the kind of death an 11-year-old kid should meet. It just isn't. Because the suspension of belief that it requires -- that adults around Bruce Wayne, or even Bruce Wayne himself, would allow it -- is simply too big of a leap to make.
That is, in my opinion.
I think comics have evolved to the degree where maybe there doesn't need to be a Robin anymore, because the types of stories have changed. Kids aren't reading comics anymore, for the reasons we all know, including price/distribution. This is a medium for adults, and while we're all capable of delusion and diversion and crazy arguments about the most bizarre things concerning this medium, at some point, I think that all of us still default to the position that you have to be able to suspend your belief to read comics...my contention is the day people stop reading a series, or quit reading comics entirely, is when they stop believing a man can fly.
So, a simple question then: With how brutal Damian Wayne's death was, would you ever suspend your belief again to the point that anyone, especially Bruce Wayne, would allow the creation of another Robin?
Has the time passed for this concept, especially for Robin to be a kid?
As always, I look forward to hearing you guys' thoughts on this matter!
*Sniff, sniff* "Damn it, Diana...If I'd known they would trade us in for a JT Krul-written Captain Atom and "The Savage Hawkman," I'd have let Superboy-Prime destroy all reality.""Superman flies and is really strong...what the fuck else do you need to know?!"
-- Hitler, expressing his displeasure about DC rebooting and complaints about continuity