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Robin the Boy Wonder Killed Off in Latest Batman Comic

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 25, 2013 Last Updated: February 27, 2013
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Robin the Boy Wonder Killed: Robin, the longtime sidekick to DC superhero Batman will reportedly be killed off in a comic book on Wednesday.

Festival goers dressed as Batman and Robin pose at the Groovin The Moo Festival on May 7, 2011 in Maitland, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Festival goers dressed as Batman and Robin pose at the Groovin The Moo Festival on May 7, 2011 in Maitland, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Robin the Boy Wonder, the longtime sidekick of DC Comics superhero Batman, will reportedly be killed off in the latest comic book on Wednesday.

The killing of Robin—Damian Wayne, the 10-year-old son of Bruce Wayne—will be killed fighting an assassin cloned from genetic material, reported The New York Post in an exclusive.

The Post also published a picture of the upcoming “Batman Incorporated” comic book, which features the text “R.I.P.” underneath Robin.

“He saves the world. He does his job as Robin,” Batman writer Grant Morrison told the Post, referring to the well-known Batman sidekick. “He dies an absolute hero.”

Damian is the illegitimate son of Bruce Wayne and Talia, the daughter of one of Batman’s arch-enemies, Ra’s al Ghul.

“It’s all about the family and the family going to hell,” said Morrison of Robin’s death. “The two adults in the story are both culpable. The kid’s the good guy.”

Morrison did not say if Damian, who has been Robin since 2009, will be resurrected or if there will be another Batman sidekick.

“You can never say never in a comic book … Batman will ultimately always have a partner,” he told the Post.

The role of Robin has been filled by a number of different people throughout the comic’s run—most notably, Dick Grayson, who was introduced as Batman’s sidekick in 1940. The Robin moniker and the character’s original costume was originally inspired by The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Damian will be the second Robin to die in the comic series. During the 1980s, DC comics allowed readers to vote on the death of character Jason Todd, who was Robin at the time. Todd died at the hands of the Joker. 

Following Todd was Tim Drake, who sought out the position instead of being granted it. Later, Drake became the Red Robin and fought on his own.

There was also Stephanie Brown, who was briefly the only female Robin. She is also known as Spoiler and Batgirl.

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