We Are... Robin
|We Are Robin|
|Publication date||June 2015 – May 2016|
|No. of issues||12|
|Written by||Lee Bermejo|
We Are... Robin is a finished comic book series published by DC Comics with Lee Bermejo as dual artist and writer, along with other artists Rob Haynes, Jorge Corona, and Khary Randolph. The first issue was released in June 2015 and the last issued in May 2016. It took place after Batman: Endgame while Bruce Wayne had amnesia and was unable to don his mantle. The name "We Are... Robin" also plays into the current Robin being away from the city, with teens filling in the gap both heroes left.
Batman: Noël writer Lee Bermejo explains We Are... Robin is a new approach to showcase diversity in the DC Universe for readers. On the subject of expanding the character of Robin, he explained, "With ideas and big concepts, teenagers can get really passionate about that stuff and it can be their whole life. That was something interesting to me, that this thing could be bigger than just one guy jumping around in a domino mask".
According to Bermejo, his inspiration for the series came from the question of why Batman would put a child out on the streets to fight crime, thus risking placing him in danger. While We Are... Robin will not focus on past Robins Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake or the incumbent Damian Wayne, Bermejo does not rule out featuring them in the future. By bringing in different characters as Robin, he hopes to create a different dynamic with the identity. "You can take that concept of Robin and really play with it and really stretch it and expand upon it and bend it," Bermejo said. "It still will hold resemblance to the core of the character in the Bat-mythos"
While being arrested, a teenage girl takes a photo of him and sends it to a group chat with the caption "found him". Duke is placed into a new foster home, while the members of the group chat argue about whether to include him in a mysterious group. A member titled "The Nest" overrules them for his enrollment. Duke sneaks out, and is followed by several unseen members.
Duke makes his way into the sewers, and follows two people who allude to being in a cult like group. He finds an underground town in a cavern, where many people are being preached to by a man. The man speaks of a terrorist plot to destroy Gotham City, and alludes to a King that presides over the group orders it, and he is merely a mouth piece. During this speech, Duke is singled out as an outsider, and everyone in the cavern attempts to attack him. He is saved by the group that followed him, finally revealing their name "We Are Robin."
An unknown man uses hidden cameras to watch the Robins fight, in a monologue, he admits to being the organizer and benefactor of the Robin group, revealing a cache of gear and outfits.
- Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 324. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
- Truitt, Brian (9 March 2015). "'We Are Robin' stars a movement of kid heroes". USA TODAY.
- We Are Robin #1