by Josh Wigler
Dead is dead for Damian Wayne — but there's a possible future where the dearly departed Robin is still alive and kicking.
The New York Post reports that DC Comics will launch a four-issue miniseries called "Damian: Son of Batman" in October, written and illustrated by Andy Kubert. It centers on "a possible future that may never be" in which Damian dons the cape and cowl and takes on the Batman mantle — a possible future previously glimpsed in "Batman" #666, illustrated by Kubert.
"I really liked that Batman and always wanted to revisit him," Kubert tells the Post. "Damian is a bit different than the 'Bruce Wayne' Batman. Grant Morrison tweaked his character in a way that made it very endearing for me to draw. And to write."
"Basically, what I'm doing is exploring the path that Damian has taken to become Batman," he adds. "I think readers will see him in a different light than before."
Does the new "Damian" miniseries mean that the son of Batman is coming back to life? The article is careful to note that this is just a "possible future," one that may never come into existence. Additionally, Grant Morrison, who first introduced Damian to the DC Universe, has made it clear that killing off Bruce's son was always part of his master Bat-plan.
"The master theme of damaged and ruined families was nowhere more in evidence than in the creation of Damian, the first 'Son of Batman' to be acknowledged in the canon," Morrison wrote when news of Damian's demise broke. "In many ways this has been Damian's story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne and it's a story that had its end planned a long time ago — for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?"
With Morrison's "Batman" run nearly in the rearview mirror, it's entirely possible that another writer and another story will reverse course on Damian's death — and Kubert's upcoming miniseries could well be it, if not the first shot in a new master plan.
[Source: The New York Post]