First post so Imma just get to it.
Before I really begin if you have not yet read the latest Teen Titans Annual #2 then you should leave now or face spoilers!!!
I warned you…
DC fans, especially Batman fans, have seen a myriad of Robins–both girls and boys, but the most recent and controversial Robin falls to Damian Wayne, AKA the biological son of Bruce and Talia and the grandson to Ra’s al Ghul.
Damian went through many dark journeys but that led him to trying to get out from his father’s shadow–after getting away from his “destiny” as the next Ra’s–by creating the new Teen Titans.
In this latest annual–post Alfred death, which really messed up Damian–Damian kills Brother Blood and leaves the Titans. He then tries to kill KGBeast because of his attack on Nightwing and on top of all of that Batman shows up to tell Damian that the Titans are done.
Pretty tall order of drama and intensity, but wait, there’s more!
After Deathstroke attacks and the team plus Batman stops Damian from killing him Damian says he’s done as Robin, he’s officially done with the Titans, and he walks off in a fury–shock to the characters AND the readers!
I have to say I’m beyond disappointed and furious at this result. Not only does this annual spell the end for the new Titans but it ruined my favorite Robin since Dick Grayson.
Damian has spent a lot of time trying to stay away from killing, trying to find another way, trying to get away from what his mother and grandfather taught him, and learn from Batman–who has more cause to kill every villain than even Damian. Batman AND his family and friends have taught him so much that he speaks to Superboy, AKA Jonathan Kent, about feeling all the guilt from what he’s done with the League of Assassins.
In this annual I see him regressing and undoing all that work that has gone on for years. I expected some psychological damage for Alfred’s death but if anything I believe he should have tried to sort it out with his closest family and friends because at the start of this Titans rebirth Damian finally admits to needing someone, or someones, to talk to and be with, to help him.
The way the writers are going it seems to me that they are trying to create another Red Hood with Damian. He’s angry, killing–or attempting to, and has to find something new to replace his roles as Titans leader and as Robin.
Anyway, that’s my take. So what’s yours? Hooray for him leaving? Upset and disgruntled? (–I feel your pain.)