An important character reveal was made in the pages of this week’s Robin. Naturally, this is quite the spoiler, so consider yourself warned.
Nevermore999 appreciated the storyline:
Some say this retcon was sloppily done. That the comic was rushed, or whatever. I disagree.
I can’t really offer much in argument besides my personal feelings besides the fact the last half of the comic practically made me bleed joy with every page turn. Steph’s reveal was paced brilliantly. I love the *unmask* “That’s you all over, isn’t it? Always so sure you’re right?” And then Batman and Tim’s with Tim softly saying “Stephanie?” while she stands with her hands on her hips, and then we turn the page and HUGE SPLASH where Tim GLOMPS Steph and EATS HER FACE. It is the perfect reaction.
We then get our official fanon explanation: Leslie faked Steph’s death. It is a nearly perfect retcon, and almost completely plausible, and redeems Leslie as well as bringing back Steph. Steph gets accepted back into the Bat family and Alfred drops his tea tray and is happy. I love Alfred so. Together he and Steph could be an undeniable duo of awesome. That panel where Steph is teasing him and he is grinning and they are linking hands….! So cute. Steph has obviously either guessed Bruce Wayne’s identity or he revealed it to her (about DAMN TIME) and…I love this part…they go to visit her Mom. Yay! Oh, and Tim is upset that both Bruce and Steph lied to him, so there’s gonna be some DRAMA, but who cares?
Lurkslikefox doesn’t like the implications of the event:
I was all pissed off with DC yesterday, after I read the spoilers that
Steph had been brought back to life in such a lacadaisical fashion with (yeah, right!) Bruce knowing all along. What with Jason turning up it seems that DC is set on reversing all the deaths in batman that ever meant anything. How long is it till we findout that Bruce’s parents never died at all, but just moved to a desert island and forgot to tell him.
::flails:: I needed some smart thinky person (e.g., you) to articulate for me why I’m not jumping for joy over this. Your last sentence is definitely a good start on that.
I just…yes, it’s a retcon and if they’d done this, say, a month or two later, it would have worked. In fact, I seem to recall exchanging comments with Marcelo or someone and one of us suggested exactly this solution to the problem.
But so long later, with Bruce suddenly saying “Gee, I guessed all along, but I couldn’t be bothered to tell you”?
::flails more:: Argl. Am I the only one who visualizes Dan “The Moron” DiDio et al. in a meeting and saying “Ha! This’ll fix those uppity chicks!”
Um, it’s possible that I’m a bit upset over all this, because I want to be squeeing
So what do you think?