That episode of the Animated Series where Tim Drake has a crush on a girl, only she turns out to be part of Clayface and she sacrifices herself to save him.
My feels in this episode came more from another running theme in the episode. Batman sums it up best at the end of the story when he tells Tim that “sometimes there are no happy endings.” When Tim first mentions Annie to Batman, he points out that she’s a problem for a runaways center and not a teenage vigilante, and he’s right. Child abuse and runaways are both widespread and complicated problems that can’t be solved via batarang. Later, when Tim searches for Annie, he encounters many families coping with poverty and homelessness, another massive problem superheroics can’t solve.
Tim’s look when he encounters these families is touching because he came from a household of crime, poverty, and abuse himself and was rescued by Bruce/Batman. In this episode he’s greeted by the unpleasant reality that he is the exception, not the rule. Not every kid can be adopted by a billionaire turned superhero, and his Robin suit doesn’t make him the easy solution to every horribly sucky problem the world has to offer. All this doesn’t stop him from trying, but recognizing that not everyone actually receives the happiness they deserve is at the heart of Tim’s growing pains.
So apparently today it was announced that Tim Drake was never Robin in the new 52 universe despite the fact he’s been mentioned as being a former Robin numerous times.
Also in Batman and Robin Damian is currently fighting all who held the Robin title before him (Tim included).
Even Scott Lobdell himself has referenced Tim’s past as Robin a couple of times.
How could they screw up this much ¬¬.
I think the main problem with the new 52 is that the editing department in charge of overseeing this massive new direction is, frankly, shite. I mean, rebooting the comics’ universe was supposed to be a way to avoid major continuity errors that could potentially confuse new fans. The panels above refer to the fanrage caused by the revelation at Comic-Con that Tim Drake was never Robin (Batman’s sidekick). This despite the fact that Tim Drake has been referred to as a former Robin several times in the comics. Clearly, there’s been a lack of communication which is, inevitably, confusing both old and new fans alike now.
It seems to me that the new 52 idea was an exciting idea that, in practice, has been much harder to organize on both a large-scale and small-detail level. Individual issues have been plagued by typos and other obvious spelling and grammar errors, solicits for new comics remain consistently inaccurate, and continuity errors and omissions abound. Clearly, no one in the editing department is speaking to anyone else, and what communication is taking place is obviously not remaining consistent from month to month.
I’m not that attached to continuity; I read comics for the raccoons with bazookas and Batmans miraculously pulling themselves out of jet engines. However, a lot of comic fans are bothered by continuity, and inconsistencies like this can be extremely confusing, especially to new fans. Another month of planning might have avoided this whole mess. Basically, DC: GET THEE TO AN EDITOR!
I have decided that if I could have any superpower, I might choose Miguel Barragan’s (Bunker’s) psionic bricks. This trick would be nice when I get attitude from the teens I work with. ^.^ Plus, I could fly around on my little brick platform!
Comic nerd confession: I really wish Patrick Gleason had been available to pencil Teen Titans Annual #1. His version of the events of the Culling crossover in two pages of Batman and Robin #10 alone (one seen here) were more detailed, savage, courageous, and gripping than the entire twenty-something pages of Brett Booth’s work on the same storyline.
The fallout from this - I don’t know if it was a purposeful attempt at misinformation or an actual mistake on the part of the editor and publisher - is beginning to creep across the internet. Basically, a popular character who hasn’t yet really appeared in the Batman family’s DCnU shenanigans (Tim Drake, formerly Robin) was supposed to be the guest star of the struggling series Batman: The Dark Knight’s ninth issue as part of a larger crossover. It was advertised as being his first major reappearance in Batman comics since DC Comics’ reboot, and his fans were super excited about this. Would major questions be answered? Would we get clues as to his current role in the Batfam? Well, neither, as it turns out. Tim Drake’s not in the issue.
I know that as a public librarian, I try to deliver quality products to the patrons I serve, and I’m disappointed and embarrassed when those programs and products don’t turn out as advertised, even though they are FREE services to the public. DC Comics provides a product to PAYING customers, who have budgets to consider, in the form of monthly serialized periodicals. When one of those turns out to be not as advertised, it’s way unprofessional and kind of a big deal. It also makes your customers question your trustworthiness and competence. Tim Drake is also slated to appear in Batman & Robin #10. Is he really going to appear or is that another mistake? The original solicit advertising Tim Drake’s appearance was written three months ago. If the content has changed since then, why wasn’t it updated for paying customers? If we advertised a guest speaker who doesn’t actually show up at our library, or if we don’t have part of a program ready, I would expect similar questions to be asked of library staff.
I know that if a mistake as big as this were to happen at one of my free programs, or in one of my newsletters, I would be mortified, and I’d like to think that I’d make sure that it was corrected well in advance of the release date. Failing to do that sends a clear message that you simply don’t care enough about your patrons to keep them updated with correct and quality information. And I’m not even working with paying customers. The issue here isn’t whether someone’s favorite character is in a comic. The issue at hand is that a company that can’t afford to offend its customers has provided a flawed product to their buyers. I didn’t pick up this issue, so it was more of a negligible issue to me personally, but I was just sort of baffled by a pretty large and completely unprofessional mistake from a company that can ill afford it. Paired with the nearly ubiquitous spelling and grammatical errors that are slipping through the cracks in every title, it makes me think that the editing department over there must be a gigantic mess.
Article in the link is by ThanosCopter for Caveat Emptor.
About a year ago, DC Comics (which was struggling with stagnant storylines and characters overly burdened by continuity) made the bold decision to start from scratch and re-introduce all of their characters as if it was the first time. Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth’s Teen Titans series has been the YA flagship of this new era in DC Comics. So how do you make it appealing to its target audience? The editors at DC Comics seem to have asked themselves, “What do teens like today?” The answer is, of course, The Hunger Games.