Wtf? I thought Damian was well liked in the DCU? I personally haven't bought one since the end of Blackest Night, but that was of my own choice. Thirty five years of reading comics and prices stopped me. I keep up online, so what I DO know of Damian is all second hand, and the little bastard was a dick (pun not intended), but showed a little heart, too. Is this a DIdio thing?
I haven't been following the overall arc of Damien. I actually just really got back into the DCU after reading "Death of the family" But everything that I have read about this says that this was the plan all along and that Damien's story had been told and there was nowhere else to go with him.
I liked Damian. Actually, I like Damian more than any Robin, including Dick Grayson. This being comics, here's almost surely not dead forever. Because of how slowly characters age, Damian would have been stuck at 10 years old for many years, so I'm conjecturing this is a way to eventually revive him at an older age where he could conceivably become Batman down the line. For now though, Damian Wayne is dead.
The Batman and Robin title will have rotating guest stars and title changes for the near future. For instance, when Tim Drake guest stars, the book will be called Batman and Red Robin. When Grayson guest stars, Batman and Nightwing. And so forth.
I'm going to guess that a character whose mom has access to a Lazarus Pit won't stay dead for long. Though, the 'dead Robin is brought back via a Pit' was already used on Jason Todd since it's less stupid and less difficult to explain than "Jason is back since Superboy Prime punched holes in reality."
It's a little troubling that they're kinda just cycling through the Robins at this point. Obviously a new Robin will join the fold and that'll make it four (Tim, Steph, Damien) within the last decade.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
I didn't like Damien, so I am ok with this. He was the Wesley Crusher of Robins. Know it all kid who is never wrong. I am picking up the 2nd printing to see what actually happening since its already sold out. I also have to question, why not make it part of Death in the Family? Also, if you haven't listened to Kevin Smith interview Grant Morrison, you should and realize he writes really well for a crazy person.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
I remember hearing that the 198 aren't every mutant left, but a list of mutants that's important for some reason. So, concievably, there are going to be a few high profile mutants who don't make the list.