2011-01-14 16:45 (UTC)
Phineas and Ferb is also a bad example...
P&F isn't an example, it's an alternative, hence my acknowledging there wouldn't be as much snark as a Damian story.
That said, I
much prefer a story where Damian learns to be a bit less of a jerk with P&F, rather than Stephanie Brown. (Maybe a race around the world or something.) Given what we know from
#666, that some time in the future Damian rebels against being a hero by turning to science
, that doesn't undermine my previously stated theory that working on the flying Batmobile might have been his way of playing around, or learning more about his father. The fact it turned into something useful doesn't negate it could have started as...not business.
There's a scene in B&R #1 or #2 where Damian is working on the flying Batmobile, which we know works because they just used it to catch that Toad guy. If you ask me, that's not Damian training to be Robin, it's Damian puttering around with his toys. The car worked, what's to fix? Why was taking the engine apart? Why was he strangely aloof-but-polite when Alfred brought him dinner? He was enjoying himself, he was relaxed. That's a scene right out of Fantastic Four with Reed messing with the Fantasticar.
You can make wisecracks about Tony Stark's dysfunctional childhood all you like, but his childhood isn't that much different than Damian's: grew up super-rich and super-smart with overbearing parents and escaped from it all by working on machines.
If I haven't explained myself by now, I don't think I'll be able to. What I do know is, I've seen this same kind of thing happen to my other favorite characters...Stargirl, Impulse, Oracle, and Iron Man...and whenever writers start having them do silly "humanizing" stuff like the bouncy castle, it always ends with their hyper-competence being dulled down so readers can relate to them better. I don't want to see Damian transformed from a quirky curmudgeon who's fun to read into a well-rounded character people like.
1. At least that's what I inferred from a panel that said, "He rebelled," while showing Damian with a chemistry set.
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