Today marks the day that Issue #8 of Batman Incorporated titled "R.I.P." is released. It marks the death of my favorite Robin. I don't have a picture to do my feeling regarding this justice, nothing I have even comes close.
As much as I keep telling myself not to care, because it's the reboot and I keep seeing everything that happens in the reboot as a bad fanfic...I can't help but find myself getting torn up over this. Damian was the character that got me back into comic books. The Grant Morrison run of Batman and Robin sparked something in me that I hadn't felt in years, it recaptured my love of Batman and American comic books heroes that had gotten lost somewhere along the way.
I loved watching Damian transform from this selfish brat to a well rounded character that was finally starting to grasp who he was and where he stood in the world now that he was a Robin (Not that he would admit he was ever lost in the first place.)
But then the universe was rebooted and I had to watch all the progress Damian had made fly out the window...and in turn I stopped reading DC comics. But having Damian regress if far different from having Damian die; and though I try and ignore everything that makes me angry about the reboot I just can't seem to ignore it this time. I'm heart broken--even if it is comic books and he'll will most likely come back to life. It just makes me feel like even Damian's creators have given up on him--a prevalent theme in the kid's life.
Maybe it's a little too much for me to feel this way for a comic book character. A work of fiction, able to be twisted and bent by the whims of whomever is writing him. But the brat wormed his way into my heart and I just don't think it's time for him to go.
Robin (Damian Wayne)................................................