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Daniel Brown
• Thursday, 19 November, 2020
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While many who frequent this site are very familiar with the most recent Boy Wonder I imagine that a great many casual fans who saw this week’s headlines were a bit confused to learn that there were multiple Robins and surprised to find out that Batman had a son at all. To help get these potential bat-fans involved I’ve put together this list of essential Damian Wayne stories, most of which can be found at any local comic shop, Amazon.com, or available for download at Comixology.com.

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Damian is little more than an unnamed infant in this story and even though it was an Else worlds tale that was never intended to be part of continuity, Grant Morrison referenced it anyway in his Batman run and made Damian an official part of Batman canon. Grant Morrison’s Batman epic begins with Tania Al Gaul surprising The Dark Knight with the 10-year-old son he never knew he had.

You’ll want to read all four volumes of this series which features Damian officially taking is place as part of the dynamic duo, but rather than fighting crime alongside his father he’s partnering with Dick Grayson. This unique spin on the Batman and Robin team showcased a lighthearted Caped Crusader with a dark Boy Wonder.

Despite being titled after a team-up between The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, you’re actually getting an unlikely partnership between Damian and Super girl. Father and son finally join forces as the Dynamic Duo but quickly find out that they might not make the best team.

This over-sized issue stands alone and tells a really touching and funny story about Damian having the bat cave all too himself. Whereas the Preview 52 Batman Incorporated series essentially only focused on Bruce’s globe-trotting effort to establish a network of Bat-allies, this new series basically acts as another Batman & Robin comic only it’s written again by Grant Morrison.

Hey, I was looking to read some better comics about Damian as Robin or his origin, I was wondering if anyone could throw me a suggested list or drop a link to another thread if I'm double posting (sorry if I am. You should forgive me since this is my first post ;) I've also heard of his appearances in Superman/Batman and Teen Titans, but I haven't read those.

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It's worth the read cause it shows Damian's current development when it comes to relationships and controlling his emotions. These were the books that made me fall in love with the character.

Dick Grayson has the role of Batman and works closely with Damian as Robin. It shows a good relationship between both characters and is just done really well.

You can start by getting Vol 1: which is Batman and Robin: Born to kill, and then get the single issues that follow. Other than that, SmashBrawler has an awesome list, and I'd recommend you check all those out.

When Batman fans are asked who their favorite Robin is, most don’t say Damian Wayne. Often, readers will default to Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, or Tim Drake, who are the top three favorites to fill the role with Robin in DC Comics.

The nature of comics is that there will be a lot of moments that maybe miss the mark, or recons that fumble something from the past. After Damian Wayne was born, Tania all Gaul decided that he had superior DNA that ought to be taken advantage of.

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Being the Batman, Bruce Wayne is in peak physical shape and, to Tania, a perfect specimen to father her super-child. His age and his physical appearance are slightly out of whack because of this early time in his life.

Tania Al Gaul raised Damian to be an incredibly powerful assassin, among other things. When he and Bruce butt heads, Damian decides to leave his place at Batman’s side as his sidekick, Robin.

Part of the reason Damian has such a hard time sticking around Bruce Wayne is that he misses his mother. He was raised by Tania Al Gaul for the beginning of his life, so losing her as a parental figure was a blow to him, even if he doesn’t express that.

However, despite the risk to Gotham, Damian decides to start fighting to save his teammates. It was too hard, as it turned out, because Bruce ends up taking drastic measures to bring Damian back to life.

Damian shows off a number of his skills as a member of the Super Sons, along with Superbly, and one of his strongest is apparently his ability to disguise himself. He disguises himself at one point as both Jon’s bus driver and his substitute teacher.

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Bruce Wayne is also a master of disguise (after all, nobody knows he’s Batman) so it makes sense that Damian would be good at it, but to pass as multiple adults in a day is bewildering. At one point, he comments to Jon Kent that he could’ve had a doctorate by the age of seven if he wanted to.

Raised as an assassin, human life is disposable to him; this is something that Bruce Wayne has to train out of him. On occasion, they will attempt to combine all three, as there really isn’t too much to life overall than fear, love, and laughter.

They encourage everyone reading this to question everything, stay hydrated, and treat others with kindness. Damian even bears a bit of a resemblance to Bruce (both physically and characteristics wise), making it no secret that they are father and son.

Bruce isn't the only badass fighter he shares blood with but also with Tania Al Gaul. For the first 10 years of his life, he was trained by his mother and loved her until he was ultimately betrayed by her and forced to live with his estranged father.

Every Robin has something they excel in, whether it be Dick's acrobatics, Jason's fighting, or Tim's investigative skills. Since he could walk, Damian has been trained to be an assassin and has developed elite fighting skills, all before he was even in the 6th grade.

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Besides figuring out Batman's real identity, Tim has shown great detective skills on several occasions. Besides his ability to find evidence and things that almost no one else could, he is also great with tech, rivaling Oracle and Batman himself.

Sure he's a little rough around the edges and his people skills need work, but he is far beyond his peers in both the Bat family and the Teen Titans. Like Dick before him and Damian himself, Tim has led the Teen Titans and has served as a mentor to the younger heroes.

He has proven to have great leadership skills and is dependable enough to be trusted by many of the Justice Leagues, including Superman himself. He also has the trust and respect of fellow Teen Titans members, who would all risk their lives for their leader.

Being trained with little acceptance for failure made him grow up fast and in turn, he was wise far beyond his years. He was ruthless and reckless but grew to be more patient yet still remained sassy and sarcastic.

Out of all the Robins, Tim seems to be the most like Bruce Wayne, level-headed, and committed to the crusade. As the youngest Teen Titan member, he is still the unquestioned leader, despite constantly butting heads with the rest of the team.

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He struggled with his more lethal tendencies, which clashed with his father's strict rule against killing. He killed the villain Nobody and also defeated one of the Talons attacking Gotham City during Night of the Owls.

Recently, he also fought all the past Robins (Jason Todd, Dick Grayson and Tim Drake) to show that he was the best one between them. However, they helped each other to fight the villain Terminus, who wanted to kill Batman and then destroy Gotham City before he passed away.

Also, it was revealed in number #13 of Batman and Robin that Damian's mother, Tania, put a bounty of half a billion dollars for her son's head. But, as always, he disobeys Bruce and leaves home as the hooded hero and in the end of the issue, he gets attacked by an army of zombies.

There, the boy finds out that they are led by The Saturn Club, and that there are many alive people, who were previously kidnapped by the secret organization. When there seems to be no hope, Batman arrives at the train, and together, the son and the father fight off the horde.

With the recent release of the new Batman Incorporated series, Robin has been killed at the hand of The League of Assassins and so Damian has now taken on the new identity of Red Bird. This however only appears to be running through the Incorporated story line, as it has yet to be mentioned as part of the New 52 Universe.

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In the eighth issue of Morrison's run on Batman Incorporated, Damian Wayne was killed by the hands of his clone, The Heretic, leading his father to go further and further off his hinges. Tania would become pregnant with him after a sexual encounter with Bruce, but would keep their son's existence from him for a decade.

Instead of being birthed naturally, Damian was grown in a lab, with the intention that he would surpass his father. Years later, Tania reveals Damian's existence to his father and leaves him in Batman's custody in an effort to disrupt his work and get a step closer to her evil plan.

Instead of shunning the boy, Bruce acknowledged his duties as a father, and accepted him into the Batman Family, which would eventually lead Damian to become the fifth and current Robin after the supposed death of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson taking over the cape and cowl. Up until Infinite Crisis, Son of the Demon was considered out of continuity until it was brought back by Morrison when he took over Batman.

There are slight differences in Morrison's interpretation of the events, as he has Bruce claim that he was drugged, and essentially raped by Tania, where in Son of the Demon, their encounter was consensual. I messed up a lot of details, like Batman wasn't drugged when he was having sex with Talia, and it didn't take place in the desert.

The Fifth Boy Wondered Damian was first introduced to readers, he was a very rash, arrogant and violent characteristics similar to Jason Todd when he was Robin. Among the worst of his personality traits, Damian did not stick to the Batman Family's “no killing” rule, as his interpretation of crime fighting involved decapitating The Spook.

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Damian also exhibited anger issues and jealousy problems towards then Robin, Tim Drake. Under Dick's guidance, Damian would become a successful crime fighter worthy of the mantle of Robin and the two would become close friends.

With the implementation of the DC Universe in September 2011, Damian remained in the Robin role, but Dick Grayson would return to being Night wing. Originally, Damian appeared as an unnamed infant in the 1987 story “Son of the Demon”, which was left out of continuity due to being unpopular.

It was Tania's intention that Damian would be left under Bruce's care and end up sabotaging his operations, while she planned to take over England with her army of Man-Bat Ninjas. Trying to repent for his actions, Damian offers up his mother's location to his father, and accompanies him to thwart Tania's plans.

Following these events, Damian returned to his mother and remained largely absent from the Batman Family except a supporting role within the crossover, The Resurrection of Ra's all Gaul. And Final Crisis, where his father apparently died at the hands of the evil god Daresay.

Early in Damian's career as Robin, he and Dick Grayson came across Jason Todd operating as the Red Hood. With Todd trying to replace the Dynamic Duo, El Penitent (Dr. Hurt) sends the murderous psychopath Flamingo to Gotham to intervene.

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During his time recovering from his injuries, he and Alfred must fend off the Batman Clone that Dick dipped in the Lazarus pit, thinking it was Bruce. While investigating Wayne Manor during the events of Batman vs. Robin, Damian's body was taken control of by Death stroke thanks to an implant in his spine planted there by his mother.

With Dick eventually breaking Tania's control over her son, Damian was disgusted by the fact that his mother would do such a thing to him. During a confrontation with his mother, Damian officially renounced his maternal heritage, claiming he wished to be a “worthy enemy” to the house of all Gaul, before returning to Gotham with Dick.

But the Joker manages to trick Damian, scratching him with his poison laced fingernails. Damian manages to make his way to Wayne Manor where he meets up with Dick and eventually Bruce.

With Bruce back in the picture, both Damian and Dick were uncertain about their roles in the future of the Batman Family. Since then Damian has teamed up with other members of the Batman Family, and under Dick's encouragement, joined the Teen Titans.

As with the first time he meets anyone, Damian shows animosity towards Cassandra but eventually is able to work with her, as the two prevent Gotham's Kane Memorial Bridge from being destroyed. In Batman, Incorporated, while Damian remains absent from his father's quest against Leviathan for a majority of the time, he along with Dick and Tim have to go after Bruce, whose been drugged and caught in Dr. Daedalus “web”.

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With no other options, Damian is forced to make a difficult decision, and throws Daedalus' discarded blade towards the mad scientist, impaling him in the head, killing him instantly. Immediately distraught, Damian pleads with his father that it was his only choice, as Daedalus was seconds away from killing him.

Moments later, on a phone call, it is revealed that Damian's mother, Tania all Gaul, was the head of Leviathan the entire time, who had been seeking retribution for the events of Batman and Son. Tempted by Nobody Damian's tenure as Robin under the direction of his father at Batman starts out very roughly.

This all comes to a head, when Nobody, son of Henri Du card, one of the men who trained Bruce, appears in Gotham, and tries to tempt Damian into giving in to his violent nature, as a devil on the young Robin's shoulder. Damian humors Nobody on for a short time thereafter, but eventually alerts his father to their position, to Nobody's dismay.

Damian points out that he knew by the weight of the gun that it was never loaded, and despite their problems, he'd never betray Bruce, simply for the fact that he's his father. Driven by his anger, Bruce eventually throws Nobody into his vat of acid with the intent to kill him for what he had done, but when he looks at Damian, he comes back to his senses, pulling Nobody out before he dies, then chaining him up for the police.

While Bruce tries to clear rubble to leave, Nobody begins to speak to Damian, telling them not to disappoint him, and that he'd be back to kill them both. Damian told Tim they we a more like then he realized, and that he saw a similar killer instinct in him when they faced Harvest with the Teen Titans.

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The next Robin he fought was Jason Todd, who was defeated partially due to being already being heavily fatigued at the time, an advantage Damian had no problem exploiting. After the fight off with Jason, Damian left and took Todd's Red Hood helmet as a gift for himself.

Bruce Wayne wakes his son up from his sleep and told him to get dressed and that they are going to see the solar eclipse in space on the Bat-Plane. The downtown part of Gotham City was all covered in zombies and Batman and Robin were fighting them.

Batman told his son Damian to go back to the cave, and he can take care of it all. Robin went in to the sewers and fought off a Big Frog and came up to the surface and was trapped in zombies and that they wanted to eat him and ran to him.

As Robin saved half of the people that were not infected, Batman told him to go back to the cave. Robin did not go back at all and disobeyed his order and saved all the people from the zombie cult's plans and found out it was part of the Joker's return to Gotham City to rage war on the Batman Family.

Damian told his father about what he was doing in the sewers and found a pearl that was part of Bruce Wayne's mother's pearl necklace she was wearing the night Bruce Wayne's parents was killed. Batman freed the Bat-Family, and he gave his son a hug and asked that if he was all right from the Joker's kidnapping plans.

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After his father chased and defeated the Joker and the Bat-Family were busy with stuff going on, Bruce Wayne checked in on Alfred, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Batgirl and tried to get a hold of Jason Todd, but he was at a bar drinking and recovering from the events that happened. It is decided that Damian should use his apparent death as a chance to hide out while the others in the Bat-Family attempt to resolve the issue of the price on his head.

Damian refuses the idea of hiding in the Bat-Cave, and creates a new identity, Red-Bird, to continue his vigilante duties. Damian as Red Bird helped out another version-like Batman to fight his mother's battle army off.

Damian's father found out where he was and helped him fight off the League of Assassins' army and Batman said to Tania that it is over. Batman told his son Damian that she wants him back and that this war battle fight will be over.

We see Damian as Batman fighting off a battle of the Joker's gas that turns people into animals as villains at Arkham Asylum of the Criminally Insane. The people of Gotham City said long live the new Batman after saving these kids at a bridge and bringing them to the safety zone.

Batman was too late to save half of the city, and he knew it was his mother Tania, who was involved in the plans to attack Gotham. Damian and everyone else can hear her on the radio talking with Batman and Tania about having her son back in her family.

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Batman fought traps of Tania's plans and saw old church pictures of the name Damian in AD = Anna Dominic and some omens. Damian, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Richard Grayson and Alfred heard what was happening and the radio went dead, and Tania told Batman again to save Gotham City or his son.

Jason Todd was in the Bat cave and Damian told him to leave and find his father's team and search for him and know what's happened to his mother with her plans. Damian still can hear his father's voice on the static radio, and he told a secret story to Alfred about when his mother cast him out of the all Gaul family and that she had a sperm egg made and was her replacement son to help her in her plans of attacks.

He was strong, and he can shoot lasers out of his eyes and was trained by the league to kill and have strength to fight off anyone weak. Alfred was proud of him and Damian got his costume on and suit up in the robot Robin outfit and flew off to help the Bat-Family to find Batman's whereabouts.

Arriving at Wayne Enterprises, Damian and Night wing take out the guards that were there to keep them from entering. When the Heretic sees that Ellie is holding the trigger for the world bomb, he attempts to take it from her, only to be stopped by Damian.

Alfred tried it, and it was sad and hard for him to do the game simulation and Alfred told Bruce Wayne to turn it off and carry on as Batman and life to fight crime and remember the good time they had with Damian up to his tragic death. Damian is possibly the most silent of the Robins, due to his small nature and light body.

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Having since being brought back from the dead, Damian found that his strength has been increased to a very high degree, as he could trade blows with Taliban on an equal level. On top of that, Damian showed that he's capable of moving at incredible speeds, as he had traveled from Gotham to nearly past the southern Atlantic in just over an hour.

He seems to have developed a rivalry with Commissioner Barbara Gordon (who strongly condemns his actions, claiming that he killed someone close to her). It is implied that, in this possible future, Damian made a literal deal with the Devil: his soul in exchange for the immortality and healing abilities he felt he needed to protect Gotham.

He is seen interrogating Max Robot for information before leaving him to be eaten alive by carnivorous rats. He eventually confronts 2 Face 2, a criminal who is trying to use Joker's book of Jokes to control Gotham City.

In the end, Damian saves Terry McGinnis and gives him an antidote to the Joker formula that was in his body. This story is set after the events of Superman/Batman #75's annual with Damian having retired giving the mantle of Batman to Terry.

He leads a Justice League and wears a suit similar to the Batman from Kingdom Come. Throughout his childhood, In was mercilessly trained by his grandfather Ra's all Gaul to become a master assassin and heir to his empire.

Due to the events of his childhood and his shaky relationship with his father, In would seek help in the form of therapy in order to try and deal with some of his torment. In eventually falls in love with Night star, the daughter of Dick Grayson and Star fire.

Years later, at Bruce's funeral, In shows up married to Night star with children of his own. A more empathic and relaxed Damian is one of the Super sons and friend of Christopher Kent, son of Superman.

Living in a world without crime, Damian's only source of excitement is a romance with Alexis Author (Led's daughter). Even if he considers himself less than his father, he still is an outstanding detective and the only one who discovers that his universe is being attacked from external forces thought comic-books.

Shortly after his parents are killed, Damian Wayne joins Dick Grayson to fight against this new Joker. The film is partially based on the Batman: Court of Owls story arc that was written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Apollo and Jonathan Clapton.

Teen Titans (2016) Damian is also confirmed to appear in the upcoming DC Animated movie Justice League vs. Later when the alternate reality Batman and Prime Earth Green Arrow are trying to rescue the Prime Batman from Stryker's Island, Damian and Cat woman attack the pair with Damian first fighting Green Arrow.

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