Robin/Tim Drake’s LGBTQ+ journey continues in Batman: Urban Legends #10

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Updates: Writer Meghan Fitzmartin and cover artist Belen Ortega have posted art to Twitter for their Tim Drake story in December in Batman: Urban Legends #10 with artists Alberto Alberquerque and Nick Filardi, which is part of their three-part story “The Sum Of”. Our Parts’ follow-up. ‘ which concluded in August Batman: Urban Legends #6.

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In the final chapter of the story (see below), Batman’s third Robin discovers that he has romantic feelings for his male friend Bernard and thus realizes that he is romantically attracted to the boys for the first time. The final page shows Tim enthusiastically stopping by Bernard’s house to accept an invitation for a date.


The Batman: Urban Legends #10 continuation of that story has been promised.

Ortega, who drew the interiors for The Sum of Our Parts, is drawing the main cover on the issue, which DC did not provide with their original request.

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You can see the cover on its right and a few pages by Albuquerque and Filardi below, in which (as stated) Tim goes to Batman to “make peace” with him before leaving Gotham City, which Fitzmartin calls him. description on twitter As in “Batfam Angst…”

We have no doubt that Batman will fully support his longtime partner/sidekick if he shares his personal news with him.

Tim is also seen talking to Bernard as Robin on the streets of Gotham. Superheroes trying to make or keep dates with their civilian love interests while performing their crime-fighting duties is a common comic book theme and we wonder if that’s what we’re seeing here.

“You can’t wait to find out what they’re saying.” Fitzmartin tweeted about that image.

Batman: Urban Legends #10 will go on sale on December 14.

The original story goes like this…

Tim Drake likes boys.

it might have taken him upon himself 30 years to feel it (But only a few years into comic book time) But Batman’s third Robin, and arguably the best detective in the Batman family, on this side of the Dark Knight, finally sets up the clues to find out who he is and what he wants.

10 in august Batman: Urban Legends #6In , Tim discovers that he has romantic feelings for his boyfriend Bernard, and that moment of realization is depicted not as a moment of turmoil or doubt, but rather as a moment – on the contrary. which makes immediate sense to Tim and has a calming effect on him. Him.

Beginning in Part Three of ‘The Sum of Our Parts’ Batman: Urban Legends #4 By writer Meghan Fitzmartin and artist Belen Ortega, Tim is working tirelessly to save his high school classmate, who has been kidnapped by a “pain cult” that haunts the teens of Gotham City.

Working the case obsessively, Tim’s internal monologue depicts a young man of self-doubt, or at least unanswered questions, trying to figure out his place in the world and explain recent actions. does what he doesn’t understand, like breaking up with his longtime love, Stephanie Brown, the former spoiler who now goes by Batgirl.

In July Batman: Urban Legends #5, Tim asks himself why he’s so embroiled in the matter and why he isn’t asking Stephanie or her best friend Connor Kent for help. He digs even deeper into an extended inner monologue by asking himself who he is if he isn’t Robin and when he doesn’t have that answer he realizes he needs to find out what he wants. .

In Urban Legends #6. He finds his answers when he locates Bernard, who has been training and helps fight Creed in his defense, perhaps foreshadowing a potential new crime-fighting partner for Robin. Leading up to the pivotal moment, Fitzmartin makes it clear that Tim’s conversation with Bernard feels right to him, and was even calming him down, as previously noted.

During their escape, Bernard asks Robin to do him a favor if he doesn’t make it out of the fight, telling Tim Drake that Tim helped him realize his “true self”. And to tell Tim that he wished they could have ended their date.

(Bernard apparently doesn’t know Robin Is Tim but believe Robin knows Tim).

Fitzmartin describes what happens next as a “lightbulb” moment for Tim, and Bernard’s request suddenly leads to him putting all the puzzle pieces together.

“It’s like something has changed… at an event I didn’t even know I was running,” reads Tim’s internal monologue. “Or maybe it didn’t change. Maybe it always was. Waiting for someone to start the program.”

Whatever unanswered questions Tim has about himself, he feels a little skeptical about what he wants after the proverbial lightbulb goes off. FitzMartin makes it clear that Tim realized that his feelings for Bernard were immediate and understandable and he now understands why he broke up with Stephanie, whom he also admits he really loves. does.

In the final scene of the story, Tim goes to Bernard’s house and tells him that he wants to find out what their first date night means to him and enthusiastically accepts Bernard’s invitation for a second date.

Fitzmartin and DC don’t go any further in labeling Tim’s sexual identity, simply his romantic feelings for Bernard, but Tim and Bernard’s story promises to be continued in Batman: Urban Legends #10, which if the series returns to its monthly If the program maintains, be in December.

Tim Drake’s sexuality has been the subject of debate for years, especially after a 2003 scene Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day #2 where he and Conner/Kon-El (Superboy) share a moment in a supply closet. While not immediately sexual, some readers read it as a sign of something else.

In 2018, Vinick’s seemingly subtextual reading In response to a fan about the scene, tweeting “I saw this as an opportunity for the two of them to come out of the closet. #liveyourbestlife”

In 2020, DC columnist Alex Jaffe wrote an article for the company’s website titled ‘Robin and Superboy: The Greatest Teen Romance That Never Was’ Which touches on this moment, as well as many others.

DC looks set to adopt it fully in the coming months.

Tim definitely ranks high on Newsrama’s list Batman’s best Robins ever.

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