Cowl Classics: Batman A Lonely Place of Dying by Wolfman, Perez & Aparo
Death and rebirth is a staple of comic books. However DC comics was not prepared for the outcry that happened after the death of Jason Todd the second Robin. DC had probably expected that readers would vote to have Todd killed after giving fans the choice in the third issue in Batman: A Death In The Family. Todd had committed a murder and was constantly butting heads with Bruce.
Todd’s death however left the mantle of Robin unclaimed and really effected the fandom community, not to mention the merchandising opportunities. With Dick Grayson still wearing the mantle of Nightwing, Creators had to find a way to bring a new version of Robin to the Bat Family. This wasn't as easy as you would think. It was important to not just sweep Jason under the rug but the new Robin needed to have a lot of the qualities fans loved about Dick Grayson.
Enter Tim Drake. A young fan of Batman who notices The Dark Knight has not been himself lately. Tim actually discovers the identity of both Batman and Nightwing and his introduction to the pair forces Bruce to look at his recklessness. Tim also brings some genius hacking skills to play and his stubborn optimism begins to melt Bruce's’ rough edges. A great introduction to the new Robin and a nice bright complement to the darkness of A death in the family. Tim Drake quickly won the fns hearts and mine as the new Robin.