If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week we're taking a look at the kid sidekick, one of the most iconic tropes in superhero comics. Even in the most mainstream culture, superheroes are known for colorful costumes, fancy cars, underwear on the outside, and child endangerment. That's the one we're looking at this week: that seemingly endless horde of plucky orphans willing to jump out of a rocket car in short pants to punch a Nazi in the bread basket. Kid sidekicks, we salute you.
We’ve known for a little while now (according to reports, anyway) that we’ll see Robin in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice via a Bruce Wayne flashback. As previously reported, and as teased via the trailers, we know that Robin is dead in the film — murdered by the Joker, who is apparently still taunting Batman about it. Now it seems we may know who will be playing Robin in the flashback.
The release of Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham Knight has come and gone, and left a divisive trail in the Batmobile's wake. Whether you found the missions focused on the tank-like Batmobile tedious or thought the inclusion of Batman's iconic ride was a brilliant gamble on Rocksteady's part, the developer is still planning on supporting the game with even more Batmobile goodies. While the Batgirl story DLC is dropping this month (this week for Season Pass holders, next week for everyone else), Rocksteady has teased the next batch of add-ons with some new images.
Where the Batgirl missions will be handled by Arkham Origins studio WB Montreal, the remaining content will be handled exclusively by Rocksteady. We know the next six months of DLC will introduce new villains, skins, challenge maps, race tracks, Batmobile models and story missions, but we know little details about what that means. For all we know, the only story missions will be the Batgirl content arriving this week, and the remainder just be different skins, Batmobiles and race tracks. Case in point, the upcoming August drop, which features seven new skins, and the classic Tim Burton era Batmobile.
It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty good year to be a sidekick. Not only have we seen the return of Damian Wayne in the pages of Robin: Son of Batman and the expansion of the role into a whole new team of teen wonders in We Are... Robin, but today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, DC announced that Batman's partners in crime-fighting would be at the center of two major events in the Batman titles.
In October, Batman & Robin Eternal will kick off as a weekly series with a focus on characters like Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Jason Todd and Harper Row, and in December, We Are... Robin, Robin: Son of Batman and Gotham Academy will cross over for "Robin War."
Mike Wieringo was born on this day in 1963. Known for his work as artist on such titles as Fantastic Four, Sensational Spider-Man, Flash, and Robin, as well as being the co-creator of Tellos, Wieringo was equally renowned for his generosity and warmth of spirit.
As readers will know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming, and fantasy communities have proved time and again their exceptional talents for homemade disguises and superheroic sartorial excellence, and all of their craft and skill will be on display this weekend at HeroesCon. Our chief cosplay correspondent Betty Felon is on hand to document as much of it as she can.
Scroll down for some of the very finest cosplay from HeroesCon!
On this day in 1989, Tim Drake made his debut in the pages of Batman #436. Created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick --- and named for Tim Burton, director of the Batman movie released that year --- the kid who had an unfortunate front-row seat for the Flying Graysons' last performance would grow up to be the third Boy Wonder to take the identity of Robin, partnering with Batman to fight crime in Gotham City.
In the years since, Tiim has become one of the most prominent characters in the Batman mythos. He found success not only as the Dark Knight's sidekick, but as a solo character with an ongoing series that lasted for over 150 issues, and he formed the cornerstone of not one but two relaunches of Teen Titans. Three, if you count Young Justice.
Many of comics’ most popular heroes have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.
With this feature we’ll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics’ most beloved characters decade by decade. This week, we’re taking a look at Dick Grayson, the first Robin.
After a slight delay to improve the quality of the line, DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series second wave arrived not too long ago. Featuring Robin, the Joker and Man-Bat as they appeared in the original version of the show, this wave brings back fond memories. The figures aren't so bad either.
Lego has announced a new franchise-crossing video game that, like Skylanders, Nintendo's amiibo figures and Disney Infinity, uses real toys placed on a special pad to import the characters into the game. Lego Dimensions, from Warner Bros and TT Games, will launch with a $99.99 starter pack that includes Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie, Lord of the Rings' Gandalf, and Batman and a Batmobile --- and because it's a Lego game, players will get to construct the game's portal gateway out of Lego bricks.
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