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A question, sort of posed in Batman and Robin Adventures #6

The cover introduces the story nicely...




Gotham, night time, and a hero clad in red yellow and green interrupts a robbery in progress, he puts up a good showing against the muscle-bound thug, but whilst the inital assault is good, the follow through is not what one might expect from the Teen Wonder and the thug manages to get the drop on him...



Freckles? And brunette (Is there a male equivalent of brunette?) surely faithful readers this can't be our beloved hero? Could that magazine cover be a clue as to what's going on?

Meanwhile, in stately Wayne Manor, millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, tries to console his ward, Dick Grayson, who is less than pleased with the newspaper revelation. Bruce is more amused than anything...



Alfred interrupts to mention the Batsignal is lit... and when they get there, Gordon and Bullock show them a message which has been delivered to the HQ.





Gordon has supplied the ransom money from the police evidence locker and with the proper tracers planted, Batman prepares to set off to the rendezvous...

When suddenly... there is a dazzling burst of light... magnesium flare bright and a new player enters the field...



Well, that might be the shortest Robin career in history... well, you might think so, but the story is young yet...

Oh, and I wasn't sure Carrie needed a reference considering the average level of comic book geek here, but just in case.. a redheaded feamle Robin called Carrie, could it be.... Nah, just a coincidence I'm sure! ;)



Now, clearly there is no way this can end anything other than well, right? Right?

Whilst Batman goes off to the rendezvous (alone, as specified in the ransom note), he sends Robin.. the REAL one, off on a search of his own. The picture of the kid has Victorian style window in the background, and one with a broken pane, There's really only one place in Gotham where you find Victorian style architecture, Cabbagetown (No, I don't know why it's called that either) and he sends Dick off to look for that window... Sheesh! But them's the breaks when you're Robin

Meanwhile IN Cabbagetown... our hapless Robin wannabe is actually doing an admirable job of keeping the deception going (or is maybe seriously delusional)



Ouch! Let me make it clear I do not advocate violence to Robins... A little perilous captivity? Sure. Exotic deathtraps? Absolutely! But causally beating them up, that's a no-no...

Back in Gotham, another wannabe (The one in the utility jacket seen in crowd scene) see's Batman arcing overhead and determines to get his attention with one of his gadgets, the "trusty Robin-flare gun".... Alas he uses it in the middle of Gothams's equivlaent of Times Square/Piccadilly Circus/Akihabara... and the aiming system isn't perfect. Let's just say that adding a flare gun projectile to the "Kookie Kola" electric light display isn't the best idea...



Well on the plus side, he attracted Batman's attention... on the negative side he attracted Batman's attention...


I like the idea that the average beat-cop wouldn't be sure what Robin even looks like.

Meanwhile, in Cabbageton again.. Robin is checking the ohot against windows... when he has a surprise visitor too..



Yeah, that won't piss Dick off or anything, will it?

Batman returns to the Batmobile, but is ambushed.. sort of by yet another Robin (Not sure if this in an homage to Damon Marlon (Thanks [personal profile] jetblack927 for the correction) Wayans nearly being Robin in Batman Returns, but whatever). This one is determined to show he has the proper moves to be Robin.. skulking, stealth, some degree of martial arts skills.



Only ONE Robin is allowed to grin smugly at Batman and to be honest kid, you're not him.



Heh, I love that moment.. There IS a parachute included in the seat, so he's all right, but I leave you to ponder why Batman has automatic manacles on the Batmobile seat Dick usually sits in...

The Road Rage Rampage of Robins continues on Cabbagetown... (and I always loved the BTAS Modernist/Art Deco bat-cycles)



Luckily, the bikes have skidded to a halt outside a house which has nice windows, one of which has a cracked window pane.

Back in Gotham, Batman makes it to the rendezvous point, but is interrupted by Carrie making another appearance (Her dad is a councilman, so he pulled strings to get her out of her holding cell). Though Batman tells her to get lost, the kidnapper spots her, and believing that Batman has broken the instruction to come alone, tells Batman that the Robin he has will shortly be better named Dodo (Okay, that jokes not in the comic, but I like to think it would have been)





"... we've never met before!"

There now follows my favourite Batman line for ten years in either direction (and counting), any medium, any incarnation...



So Dick gives them the exclusive that "NO ONE replaces Robin!" (and somewhere a crystal ball showing episodes of the New Superman/Batman Adventures shatters in pure irony) and so the next issue of the National Insider has the headline

"Batman and Robin secretly CIA spies"

One has to imagine the sound of facepalming coming from the Batcave at that point...

Date: 2010-08-14 11:55 am (UTC)
arysteia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] arysteia
Technically it's brunet, though almost no one uses it in English anymore.

Three Robins between me and the car is quite the image.

Date: 2010-08-14 02:29 pm (UTC)
darklorelei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darklorelei
I'm totally lame, but people using the wrong form of brunet/brunette and blond/blonde is a major pet peeve of mine.

Yes, I have issues.

Date: 2010-08-14 03:54 pm (UTC)
demonprawn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] demonprawn
Wow really, is that an American and/or UK thing? It's a pretty common word in Australia. At least in my experience.

Date: 2010-08-14 05:37 pm (UTC)
darklorelei: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darklorelei
Yeah, brunet is definitely on the more obscure side. I tend to notice that while women get called brunettes, people usually just say that men have brown hair.

Date: 2010-08-15 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Personally, I just use 'brown-haired' for both sexes.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:39 am (UTC)
kenwyn89: Luke Skywalker (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenwyn89
Floral writing is what it is. The mary sue in all of us demands some prettyfying words be used (as well as made up ones).

Date: 2010-08-14 05:40 pm (UTC)
arysteia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] arysteia
Ha ha, no, me too. :D

Date: 2010-08-14 12:49 pm (UTC)
ulf_boehnke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ulf_boehnke
I like the idea that the average beat-cop wouldn't be sure what Robin even looks like.

Yeah, that was a lol-worthy moment.

Date: 2010-08-14 01:13 pm (UTC)
jetblack927: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jetblack927
Good pickup on that Wayans brother robin...But it was actually Marlon Wayans they considered, which he does resemble a lil here, braids and all...It's very easy to get them Wayans' Bros mixed up!

Date: 2010-08-14 01:39 pm (UTC)
jkcarrier: me, at my old office (Default)
From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
And of course, "Carrie" is a nod to the Robin in Miller's Dark Knight.

Date: 2010-08-14 02:14 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Cabbagetown used to be a popular bar in Halifax, and after they closed in the early 90's, a gay bar briefly occupied the same space.

Somewhat more relevant, it's also a neighborhood in Toronto that was originally settled by poor Irish, and is now a haven for preserved Victorian buildings.

Date: 2010-08-14 02:17 pm (UTC)
nezchan: From Spirou et Fantasio a Tokyo (spirou facepalm)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
Dah, I'm stupid. Ty Templeton is from Toronto, far as I know.

Date: 2010-08-14 05:29 pm (UTC)
benicio127: (Mr. Beaver)
From: [personal profile] benicio127
Yep, he is!! :D

Date: 2010-08-14 02:32 pm (UTC)
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (faggotry)
From: [personal profile] nezchan
I dunno, I thought that was the BEST context!

Date: 2010-08-14 03:23 pm (UTC)
kamino_neko: Tedd from El Goonish Shive. Drawn by Dan Shive, coloured by Kamino Neko. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Durnit, I wanted to be the one to mention Cabbagetown, TO (never been to Halifax, therefore do not know the bar).

Oh, well...I gots a link.

(And, yes, Templeton's from TO.)

Date: 2010-08-16 02:39 am (UTC)
pyynk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pyynk
Well crud! Here I was thinking of the Atlanta version of Cabbagetown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbagetown_%28Atlanta%29

Date: 2010-08-14 03:58 pm (UTC)
pyrotwilight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pyrotwilight
Heh, Carrie, this was all kinds of cracky.

Date: 2010-08-14 05:34 pm (UTC)
mercia: Stephen Colbert has Slack (Default)
From: [personal profile] mercia
The ejection seat made me think of this: http://crisper.livejournal.com/236972.html

Date: 2010-08-15 01:43 am (UTC)
mr_neutron: Mr. Neutron (Default)
From: [personal profile] mr_neutron
Blame Paul Dehn and Richard Maibaum, who inserted the idea into the screenplay of Goldfinger.

Sanity's got nothing here

Date: 2010-08-14 05:50 pm (UTC)
roguefankc: Leomon (Default)
From: [personal profile] roguefankc
You have to question the mental stability of people who actually want to be a crime-fighter and sidekick to Batman.

I mean, Batman's cool and all, but factor in his brooding, the fact he can be overbearing and cold, the fact that they're endangering themselves day and night in a thankless job, that they will be going against some creepy rogues like Joker, Two-Face, the fact that they could be killed, etc., etc., etc...

But I did smile at the Carrie nod.

Thanks for this! =)

Re: Sanity's got nothing here

Date: 2010-08-14 07:22 pm (UTC)
darkblade: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
I think at this point it is more of a matter of questioning the mental stability of people who willingly live in Gotham.

Re: Sanity's got nothing here

Date: 2010-08-14 10:20 pm (UTC)
roguefankc: Leomon (Default)
From: [personal profile] roguefankc
Good point. =)

Re: Sanity's got nothing here

Date: 2010-08-15 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Well, yeah, but it also means being a celebrity of sorts, and a rather unique, edgy sort of celebrity, too, and some people will do ANYTHING for that sort of fame, whether or not they're actually qualified for it. Look at all those people who enter talent competitions despite the fact that they've got a voice like a piledriver and all the bodily coordination of a drunk wombat - they don't care; they just want the exposure, and there's always that SLIGHT chance that someone will decide that 'singing like a piece of heavy machinery' is just what will take the music industry by storm...

Date: 2010-08-14 07:43 pm (UTC)
irrelevant: (Dick n Jay: O_O)
From: [personal profile] irrelevant
Item the first: Favorite Batman & Robin Adventures issue, hands down.

Item the second: Carrie would eat that female for breakfast. Carrie also doesn't need no stinking speeches.

Item the third: Dick getting metaphorically pantsed by a Robin wannabe amuses me more than it ought to, but the 'splaining with explanatory violence is equally amusing, so maybe he'll forgive me.

In addition: Only ONE Robin is allowed to grin smugly at Batman and to be honest kid, you're not him.

Yeah, that would be Jay. :D

Date: 2010-08-14 07:55 pm (UTC)
irrelevant: (teh girrrrrlz)
From: [personal profile] irrelevant
Hee, no, but there's BTAS Tim, and he's close enough for government work. *grin*

Date: 2010-08-15 04:07 am (UTC)
freddylloyd: (Default)
From: [personal profile] freddylloyd
Cabbagetown is where the "Batman and Sons" Batman finds all his Robins.

Date: 2010-08-15 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Technically speaking, Dick wasn't 'replaced' - he quit, and then a new kid volunteered. 'Replacing', to me, implies that you're being fired or moved elsewhere, and someone else is filling your role.
I have to say, some of these kids have done a pretty impressive job on their costumes, if nothing else, considering that the paper that started all this has only been in print for a day or so. I certainly couldn't whip up a costume that fast.

Date: 2010-08-15 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Oh, I know - I was just trying to look at the word as it's used in the context of a job, which the position of Robin more or less is (albeit one without pay, of course). In that context, someone saying 'you've been replaced' or 'you're going to be replaced' basically means 'you're fired'. Dick wasn't 'fired', he quit - hence, he wasn't 'replaced'; he moved on in life, and someone else took his old job.

Date: 2010-08-16 01:31 pm (UTC)
sun_soraya: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sun_soraya
but I leave you to ponder why Batman has automatic manacles on the Batmobile seat Dick usually sits in...

Just... training. Robin can practice escaping traps when Batman is on his five minute-break.... or something like this... you know? Really just training. *cough*

The police woman's comment is pure gold, as is the "There were three Robins between me and the car" line. Have you ever tried turning that into a commission? Simply giving the sentence to an artist and see what he makes of it. ;D

Anyways, this was great, thanks for posting. :)

Oh, before I forget it again, I found this at ebay recently and thought I'd let you know (in case you haven't seen it already).

Date: 2010-08-16 06:07 pm (UTC)
sun_soraya: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sun_soraya
Mine is still on its way, I guess I'll have wait a little bit longer. But I have something else to post, hopefully I'll get round to it this week. :)

Date: 2011-08-16 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darrylayo
Wow, that was one savage pistol smack for an "Adventures" comic.

-_-

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