SPOILERS FOR BATMAN AND RED ROBIN #19 IF YOU STILL PLAN TO READ IT...
I gotta say, in the annals of weird comic book shit, the story of Batman kidnapping Frankenstein and taking him to Castle Frankenstein where he tries to figure out what brought Frankenstein to life so he can use it to resurrect Damian is really fucking out there.
(Why not just use a Lazarus Pit? Well...)
Anyway, that's the main story but bookending that lunacy is the surprising introduction in New 52 continuity of Carrie Kelley.
Carrie Kelley was, of course, the first female Robin as seen in The Dark Knight Returns. Which is no longer considered a "possible future" for Batman, apparently.
This new Carrie Kelley isn't a thirteen year old girl who worships Batman. She's a college student and an actor and it turns out she's been tutoring Damian Wayne in acting lessons for $100 a session. She has no idea Damian is dead, even when Bruce Wayne turns up at her door and gives her a check for $10,000 (10x what Damian owed her for a month of lessons). Because Bruce didn't actually have any kind of conversation with her. Because Bruce is in mourning. And he's a dick. And he had no idea she existed and that Damian was taking acting lessons.
As for her ties to Robin, she was wearing a Robin costume at a costume party when Bruce knocked on her door. That freaked him out a lot.
So is she going to be Robin? DC says Carrie Kelley will play a larger role in the story of Batman going forward but they're naturally not saying anything regarding the R-word.
Once I got over the annoying aspect of Carrie Kelley suddenly appearing in continuity, it could be interesting to have her around. She's pretty much a new character with the name "Carrie Kelley", but the ties to Damian she has might lead somewhere interesting.
His website (harryharrison.com) is reporting that that he passed away yesterday from unknown causes. He was one of my favorite authors simply because, while he was broadly a Scifi writer, his body of work was so eclectic.