Batman: The Beloved and Reviled Damian Wayne


by Jeremy DeFatta

Happy new book day, everyone! For this week, let’s take a break from Bruce Wayne and have a look at his son, the beloved/hated Damian. Though he is (potential spoiler) currently dead in continuity, Damian has featured in some great Batman stories, and the possible future in which he becomes Batman is perhaps one of the strongest. Let’s dive in!

Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, which makes him the grandson of Ra’s al Ghul and heir to the League of Assassins, with whom he trained throughout his childhood. Continuity is spotty on a few details here, but it appears that Damian is actually a clone of his parents and that Bruce was unaware of him until he was roughly 10 years old.

Damian was (officially) created by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert in their Batman and Son story arc in the main Batman title, where he became the fifth Robin (pre-New 52). This creative team and others have gone on to use the character in many projects in the years since. Damian featured heavily throughout Morrison’s tenure on Batman, appearing in many of his strongest stories—The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul, Batman R.I.P., Batman and Robin/Batman Reborn (with Frank Quitely), and Batman, Inc., to name but a few.

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