Brotherhood of the Boy Wonder
by Marcus Luera
There have been more than four Robins, but I’m focusing on the “sons” of Batman. Between a poll on The Nerd Machine and reading Batman & Robin, the rivalry between the Robins has become apparent, but if you look closer, it’s more of a sibling rivalry.
First up, there is Dick Grayson. In typical older brother fashion, he is responsible, and does everything possible to live up to dad’s expectations. Then there is the rebel, Jason Todd. He is still on the mission, but goes about it in a way that disappoints Batman at times. Tim Drake comes in as a quite middle child, who follows more closely to big brother Dick than Jason. Lastly, there is the baby, Damien Wayne; and like all babies, he requires a lot of attention and is very desperate to forge his own path.
Damien is the current Robin, and the others have all gone on to their own identies. Dick is Nightwing, Jason is the Red Hood, and Tim is Red Robin. In fact, Dick and Jason were part of battle to become the next Batman. Dick won, took Damien as his Robin, and in doing so, guaranteed he would rebel. Damien likes being Robin even more so since Bruce is back as Batman, but he yearns to be out of the shadows of his big brothers, so much so that he has challenged all of them to prove he is the greatest Robin.
Like all brothers, they fight, but also will team up to defend the family, and they all have their own unique relationship with Batman. Dick and Tim are orphans like him, Jason was caught trying to steal from Batman, and Damien is his biological son. While the underlying rivalry will never go away, you do hope the four of them will grow close. Even if they don’t see it, they share a special bond. They were all trained by Batman (with Damien still in training), and all want to be every bit the crime-fighter Dad is and make him proud.