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Boy Wonder’s Final Crusade

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(Photo Credit: DC Comics)

It is a sad day for the comic book world, as another tragic event has befallen our beloved Dark Knight.

DC Comics (which boasts titles like Batman, Superman and Justice League) has shown lately it’s not afraid to take huge risks. Just over a year ago, they embarked on a highly publicized, highly successful relaunch called “The New 52,” which re-debuted every title at #1 and put DC back on the map (and onto the New York Times best-seller list). Perhaps seeking to capitalize on their renewed popularity, DC is once again shocking the world by killing off one of their most recognizable players; Robin: The Boy Wonder (Batman’s kid sidekick).

Although you may be familiar with the character, what you may not know is that his alter ego has changed. This Robin is not Dick Grayson (the original Boy Wonder), but actually Batman’s own son, Damian Wayne.

For comic book fans, this is personal, as Damian was rapidly becoming a fan favorite. When first introduced in 2006 by acclaimed writer Grant Morrison, Damian was often portrayed as tough, brilliant, disobedient, entitled, violent and rash (much to the chagrin of his super hero dad). He was also a world class detective and martial artist by the age of 10.

Although you’ll have to pick up a copy of Batman Incorporated #8 to discover how Damian meets his fate, Morrison was clear in saying that the young sidekick goes out as an undisputed hero. Oh, and in case you’re wondering why he felt it was necessary to kill Robin? Morrison replied, ” because what son could ever hope to replace Batman?”

Yikes…

As gloomy as this situation may seem for fans, there is a silver lining. Superheroes who die rarely stay dead in the comic book realm, and if history has taught us anything, young Damian will return one day.  However, whether or not he’ll don the Robin costume ever again is anyone’s guess.

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Written by Andrew Canlon
Andrew Canlon

March 4th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

THE GOLDEN AGE OF ‘GEEK-DOM’

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Photo Credit: Latino-Review.com

Batman, Superman, Iron Man, oh my!

These are the names of (some of) my childhood heroes. Nowadays, these cats are all the rage, but once upon a time (way) back in the 90’s, things weren’t so awesome for comic book kids like me.

Many folks today forget the embarrassing on-screen antics of George Clooney in his glossy, nipple-clad bat-suit in the 1997 bomb, “Batman & Robin”, or the twisted weirdness of Tim Burton’s goth-thriller, “Batman Returns” in 1992. Sadly, at the time, that’s all we had to look forward to, and as fans, we bore the the brunt of the laughter as we stubbornly refused to hang up our Batman pajamas.

For years, the comic book community yearned for Hollywood to stop treating our idols like cheap cartoons, but it seemed our prayers had fallen on deaf ears.

Then in 2005, along came a filmmaker named Christopher Nolan (or St. Christopher, to some bat-fans). Nolan’s aim was to take the character seriously and expose the gritty nature of the caped crusader’s war on crime. The result was the mega-hit, “Batman Begins“, which gave way to film classic, “The Dark Knight“.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time, TDK stars Heath Ledger as one of the most sinister villains in the history of pop culture; Batman’s arch-nemisis, “The Joker”. Not to be overlooked, Christian Bale’s performance as a more soulful Bruce Wayne/vengeful Batman also gave credibility to the now exploding genre of superhero cinema. There was a time when Christopher Reeve and Michael Keaton weren’t proud of their stints as on-screen heroes. Now? A-List actors are chomping at the bit to wear a cape.

Thanks to the critical success of Nolan’s Bat-films, major studios are green-lighting some of the comic book world’s biggest names for their moment in the sun. Just one look at this year’s lineup is undeniable proof that the golden age of comics is experiencing an unfathomable renaissance. As Iron Man would say, “let’s do a headcount”:

Iron Man 3 – May 3rd
The Wolverine – July 26th
Thor: The Dark World – November 8
The Lone Ranger – July 3rd
Kick Ass 2 – June 28th
Man of Steel – June 14th
Star Trek: Into Darkness – (Not a comic book film, but still a cornerstone of nerd culture) May 17th

So kids, dust off those Superman pajamas and wear them proudly! Bust open those old comic books and recall those epic tales! Put on your costumes! Ignite your lightsabers! Skip work to go to Comic-Con! Why?

Because geek truly is the new chic!

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