Batman’s sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder, will be killed off in the latest issue of the revamped DC Comics universe.
Robin, whose real name is Damian Wayne, will make his last appearance in issue No. 8 of “Batman Incorporated” that debuts Wednesday, DC Comics told the New York Post.
In the modern remake of the classic Batman comic, Robin is the 10-year-old son and protégé of Bruce Wayne -- a child he had with Talia, the daughter of one of his fiercest adversaries, Ra’s al Ghul.
“Batman Incorporated” writer Grant Morrison told the New York Post in an interview published on Monday that Boy Wonder dies a hero’s death; he's killed in a battle with a “brutal enemy.”
“He saves the world. He does his job as Robin,” Morrison said. “He dies an absolute hero.”
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The writer said that he aimed to bring an adult perspective to the cautionary tale of “how parents lose sight of their kids when they fight.”
A child of divorce, Morrison told the Post that he used elements of his own life to inspire the story.
“It’s all about the family and the family going to hell,” he said. “The two adults in the story are both culpable. The kid’s the good guy.”
Morrison, who brought Damian Wayne to the forefront in 2006, as an initially violent and tormented child, said that he soon developed into a “selfless leader.”
“What we did was turn this little monster into a superhero,” he said. “He’s a little brat, but he’s a super-brat.”
Damian Wayne follows a long line of Robins, including the first and best known, Dick Grayson, introduced in 1940, according to the Post.
Another Robin to die was Jason Todd, who was killed by the Joker in 1988 and was ultimately revived in 2005, which Morrison suggests may mean that this won’t be the last fans see of the modern Boy Wonder.
“You can never say never in a comic book . . . Batman will ultimately always have a partner,” he said.