For decades, Robin has been a loyal, long-running sidekick to caped crusader Batman and for so long, they’ve been known as the “Dynamic Duo”. In the latest Batman comics, Robin was in his current incarnation as “daytime Batman and also alter ego” aka Bruce Wayne’s 10-year-old son, Damian. And get this, Damian dies.
According to the DC Comics series writer Grant Morrison:
This master theme of damaged and ruined families was nowhere more in evidence than in the creation of Damian, the first “Son of Batman” to be acknowledged in the canon. In many ways, this has been Damian’s story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne and it’s a story that had its end planned a long time ago – for what a son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies? He saves the world. He does his job as Robin. He dies an absolute hero.
And so, in the eight issue of the Batman Incorporated series, Robin will be killed fighting an assassin clone from his own genetic material and Batman will not arrive in time to save him. Robin’s death is certain to affect the entire DC Comics universe. But hold up, don’t start mourning just yet.
The good news that in the comics universe, characters who are killed can easily return. Remember when a previous incarnation of Robin was killed and resurrected before? Exactly. Also, Grant did stress the fact that Batman will ultimately always have a partner.