April 11, 2013
Batman and (Red) Robin #19: Carrie Kelley and… STEPHANIE BROWN!? The New Female Robin

offcenterfold:

Stephanie Brown fans might soon have reason to rejoice the New 52, which has thus far not acknowledged the character even in a revamped role (such as Tim Drake, whose background was remixed to cross out his time as plain-old Robin and throw in a pair of supportive, middle-class parents.) Notoriously mistreated by DC but adored by readers, Stephanie seems to be brought up in nearly every conversation about Bruce Wayne’s brood, whether it be fans calling one another out for failing to pay homage to her in Robin-centric fandom, or angry readers bemoaning squandered opportunities to use her in present Batman storylines.

With Damian Wayne’s abrupt and largely criticized death in Batman Inc came a slew of speculations on a replacement Robin and the characters that could fill those shoes. Many thought Harper Row (featured in Scott Snyder’s Batman) would step into the pixie boots, but those hopes were dashed when Synder clarified Harper wasn’t intended for the costume. With the announcement of Carrie Kelley’s inclusion in today’s post-Damian Batman and Robin issue (retitled Batman and Red Robin, to be followed by various other “Batman and _” stories), many were piping up that surely she — having been a Robin herself in an alternate universe penned by Frank Miller — would become the next Robin. Again speculators were hushed, as writer Peter Tomsai noted Carrie’s “not exactly the ‘New Robin’,” but that he doesn’t “want to spoil the story.”

I personally took that as a hint that if Batman picks up another sidekick so soon, they won’t be taking on the title of Robin. But after both reading the issue and exchanging a few tweets with fellow Stephanie Brown fans, I’ve come to another conclusion, and I’d like to take a moment to prop up my hopes with a few panels from the issue itself:

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If you’re like me, you probably skip these “Channel 52” pages entirely. While I feel that they’re a fantastic way to pimp out other ongoing stories in the DC universe and help create an atmosphere of interwoven ongoings, I’m twenty-three and the only exposure to the whole television news station format I put up with in my pretentiousness is when the flatscreen in the McDonalds lobby is stuck on CNN again. But the Robin logo caught my eye, so I read the panel and immediately emitted a high-pitched keening noise that should probably be reserved for my wife’s ears only.

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A female Robin, who is so clearly independent from Batman that most people question if she’s even affiliated with him.

So that confirms that there’s a new lady to add to the Batman line; whether she’s given an official club membership in the future is anyone’s guess. But her identity isn’t exactly solidified here. There’s no physical description beyond her sex, not even her hair color or assumed age. Some readers might jump to assume Carrie — who was seen earlier in the issue wearing a Robin costume for a party — is the mystery Robin (and probably mouth off about Stephanie getting snubbed again), but I’m not exactly sold.

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When we first see Carrie’s apartment, she’s shown playing a video game with a female roommate. A roommate, as @scandalsavage pointed out, who is blonde and wearing purple, a color perpetually associated with Stephanie Brown. To further the this-could-be-Steph speculation, Tealgeezus points out an interesting portion of Carrie’s conversation with her roomie:

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Robin fanatics would be quick to point out that Stephanie was Robin number four in prior continuity (no matter what take-backs DC might have attempted), following Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake. (Carrie, who was never featured in normal DC continuity, is often slapped on the list as the sixth.)

So is the roommate really Stephanie Brown, or are these little tidbits just smiling nods to fans chomping at the bit for her inclusion? Further, even if it is Stephanie Brown, who is to say she’s not just a side character, or perhaps poised to become Spoiler in later issues rather than be masquerading as an independently operating Robin?

This:

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At the very end of the issue, Carrie and her unnamed roommate briefly discuss the fact that Bruce paid Damian’s debts (with a substantial tip), and Carrie suggests her friend accompany her to the bank to cash/deposit the check. And while Carrie might have just been being playful when comparing her roommate’s presence to that of a bodyguard, her remark could arguably have been indication that her blonde pal packs enough of a punch to be worthy of the title.

Given DC’s track record with Stephanie, it’s far too early to tell if we’re just seeing Stephanie in the clouds or if this is truly the introduction of the snarky snacker who resonates with male and female readers alike for her funny, upbeat attitude and realistic struggles on the dirty streets of Gotham. But I’m willing to bet a box of waffles that this is, in the very least, Stephanie herself, and as the discussion continues, I might throw in another that she’s our mystery girl Robin and Carrie’s a red herring.  

(PS: I promise to read Channel 52 from now on, I’ve learned my lesson.)

Some good evidence that it was Stephanie who appeared in B&R #19.

August 8, 2012
gorgeous-monsters:

fuckyeahjasontodd:

rambosaysso:

Okay, I’m off to bed. But I just wanted to note…see how Jason caught Damian? Whilst shooting bad guys. Best bit of that panel. Its the subtle things that matter.

Yeah, that’s right, Jason saved Damian even after the crowbar incident. #Jasonprotectsinnocentpeople. #Jasonprotectsallkids #writingJasonright 

Yes yes good good. (Sorry Battle for the Cowl, but THIS is how Jason is. Especially with kids. And Dami, believe it or not, is a kiddo too.)

Yup

gorgeous-monsters:

fuckyeahjasontodd:

rambosaysso:

Okay, I’m off to bed. But I just wanted to note…see how Jason caught Damian? Whilst shooting bad guys.
Best bit of that panel. Its the subtle things that matter.

Yeah, that’s right, Jason saved Damian even after the crowbar incident. #Jasonprotectsinnocentpeople. #Jasonprotectsallkids #writingJasonright 

Yes yes good good. (Sorry Battle for the Cowl, but THIS is how Jason is. Especially with kids. And Dami, believe it or not, is a kiddo too.)

Yup

June 8, 2011

In other news, Batman and Robin 24 was really fucking good. Like, *FLAILOMG*

And I weep for everything else comic related. Oh though, I can’t wait to see what’s on PartyMonster!Kon’s iPod. I bet he listens to Richie Hawtin. 

June 7, 2011
Batman and Robin 24 preview is up!

fuckyeahjasontodd:

At Newsarama!

And check out this variant cover xD ~rawrrrr~

 

Aw man, the art on this is :/ 

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April 11, 2011
birdbitch:

synthezoid:

fyeahdickgrayson:

BATMAN AND ROBIN #25Written by JUDD WINICKArt by GREG TOCCHINICover by GUILLEM MARCH, 1:10 Variant cover by J.G. JONES

The most unlikely team-up ever comes to an end. It’s the crashing finish to the brief alliance of Batman, Robin and Jason Todd, a.k.a. The Red Hood, against a common foe. After all, the three “sons of Wayne” can put their differences aside for just so long. And when one fight ends, another will begin…


THIS COVER OH MY GOD

HOLY SHIT LOOK CLOSE AT JASON’S FACE
OH MY GOD 

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF IF HE’S NOT HOT, I WILL BE PISSED >:[
I TAKE MY VANITY OF MY SEXY MENS VERY SERIOUSLY OK

birdbitch:

synthezoid:

fyeahdickgrayson:

BATMAN AND ROBIN #25
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art by GREG TOCCHINI
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH, 1:10 Variant cover by J.G. JONES

The most unlikely team-up ever comes to an end. It’s the crashing finish to the brief alliance of Batman, Robin and Jason Todd, a.k.a. The Red Hood, against a common foe. After all, the three “sons of Wayne” can put their differences aside for just so long. And when one fight ends, another will begin…

THIS COVER OH MY GOD

HOLY SHIT LOOK CLOSE AT JASON’S FACE

OH MY GOD 

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF IF HE’S NOT HOT, I WILL BE PISSED >:[

I TAKE MY VANITY OF MY SEXY MENS VERY SERIOUSLY OK

(via sailorbirdie)

April 4, 2011
"Winick gave Todd’s reaction to seeing (Bruce) Wayne: “You look pretty good for a dead guy. But then, I’m one to talk.” The plot will deal with Jason Todd’s attempts to get transferred from Arkham to a regular maximum security prison, as Todd feels he is not insane, he just wants to kill criminals."

Judd Winick on the Batman and Robin arc “The Streets Run Red.” Via Bleeding Cool

sjfksjfalksdj You look pretty good for a dead guy. But then, I’m one to talk 

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can’t wait for this

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T minus 37 days ^_^

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February 11, 2011

OK, OK, OK, so just ONE more post because look at this mirror effect here: 

OH ~SNAP~

February 11, 2011
wishlist for b&r 23-25

shobogan:

fuckyeahjasontodd:

discowing:

aka only the first stage of groveling winick needs to do for what he did to jaime:

  1. hugs
  2. more hugs
  3. a hug from fucking bruce
  4. and a bullshit-free conversation
  5. jason not trying to kill damian
  6. but he could tease him instead
  7. jason not trying to kill or maim anyone who isn’t a straight-up villain
  8. so, he stays an anti-hero
  9. none of that nemesis crap
  10. (unless it involves sexytiems)
  11. dick, who is the heart of the family, finding it in himself to give jason another chance
  12. because jason is acting in character this time around
  13. not for it to end with jason going back to fucking arkham
  14. ETA: NO GINGER HAIR. 

i’m forgetting tons, so what are yours?

All of this! 

15. An explanation for the out of character behaviour he did exhibit. I don’t care if it’s more fucking Slade serum.

16. An explanation of why Bruce hasn’t given a damn that his son is in Arkham.

17. Preservation of the morals and motives he’s set for himself.

18. Acknowledgement that Dick mourned him and Tim looked up to him.

19. Tender reunion with Alfred.

20. I’d say finally some interaction with Barbara but I don’t expect actual female presence in Batman and Robin.

21. Same goes for Steph. And, of course, Cass won’t happen.

Reblogging for the good word. 

October 31, 2010
My bff and I went out last night as Batgirl and Robin, the Girl Wonder, and look who we ran into! BD

My bff and I went out last night as Batgirl and Robin, the Girl Wonder, and look who we ran into! BD

October 26, 2010
ladysuffragette:

dcu:

From Robot 6:

“Paul Cornell and Scott McDaniel will unite for a three-issue arc on Batman and Robin as the debut of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason as the new regular creative team is delayed until February.”

Wow, that’s a pretty big shake up coming to one of DC’s top titles. I wonder what caused this, and when I find out I’ll be sure to post it here.

FFFFFFUUUUUU
I’m gonna guess they want Tomasi focused on Brightest Day or somthing.

Aw, damn, Scott McDaniel’s art is not my fave. Darn. :(

ladysuffragette:

dcu:

From Robot 6:

Paul Cornell and Scott McDaniel will unite for a three-issue arc on Batman and Robin as the debut of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason as the new regular creative team is delayed until February.”

Wow, that’s a pretty big shake up coming to one of DC’s top titles. I wonder what caused this, and when I find out I’ll be sure to post it here.

FFFFFFUUUUUU

I’m gonna guess they want Tomasi focused on Brightest Day or somthing.

Aw, damn, Scott McDaniel’s art is not my fave. Darn. :(

(Source: dcu, via legochestered)

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