Two of my favourite panels in comics. Two Robins meet before it all goes to shit
From Red Robin #14 (September 2010)
"Now I can understand why you were angry."
FRICKING HECK, DICK, YOU CAN’T JUST THROW YOURSELF OFF THE TOP OF WAYNE TOWER TO TEST IF THE FALL IS SURVIVABLE. Oh my god.
Poor Tim’s just like, the shit I have to deal with in this family…
[Gotham Knights 10]
- Superman Batman 76
Oh, boys… Look at Tim. He’s broken completely apart, and Dick is barely holding it together himself.
Lois protests Dick’s decision but Clark reassures her that ‘It’s what Dick wants’.
"Yeah. And he’s hurt, backed into a corner… isolated, with bad guys on all sides. Guess what, Red Robin? That’s Batman at his most dangerous!”
(Batman Inc v.2 #10)
comic book meme - 5 friendships [3/5]
└ Tim Drake and Dick Grayson
"You’re my brother, Dick. You’ll always be there for me."
Teen TItans (1996-1998) #5
"Hey, Nightwing? Like, I was wondering… are you hooked up with anyone?"
Argent. Asking the important questions.
- Zero Hour: Robin 10
Tim decides that Dick can’t have all the fun… ‘that gloryhound’.
I’m not sure I like Tim’s tone here. He’s more insecure than he usually his. Yes, he’s got all these questions nagging about what’s going on, but at the same time he’s got a lot of experience as Robin under his belt. He’s good. Just as good as Dick. Just different. Dick will always beat Tim at flips and shit, but Tim will always beat Dick at the computer stuff. I suppose I should feel sorry for Tim here, but actually I’m more annoyed just now. He needs to learn to not brood so much during action and just get on with it.
And after that dip in the tank with the sharks… I suppose Dick could have been less flippant, but Tim does need help here.
to be fair, this is Tim at the beginning of his career where he doesn’t actually have as much experience as you think. this scene is from issue #10 of a series that’s over 180 issues long. Tim’s like 14 or 15. I like that he’s insecure teen and not as confident and a bit brooding (foreshadowing ;)) when some overly confident kid in shortpants who’s definitely younger at this point is one upping him all over the place without even trying hard. Tim certainly doesn’t have as much experience compared to someone who’s been an acrobat since birth and then became robin at the age of 8 years old (pre crisis, pre reboot). Tim’s attitude, while childish, is understandable to me and I really loved this issue for that reason tbh. the issue was perfect for Tim’s internal monologue alone:
SOMEHOW JUST AS COMPETENT, JUST AS SURE it’s a beautiful sentence and totally screams dick grayson I love it.
at the end of the issue the story becomes not about Dick robin being a better robin but about Tim overcoming his insecurity to solve the case and having a child version of his idol and mentor nightwing tell him what a great job he did. Tim realizes that his strengths lie in different places and his detective work is cemented as the staple of the series.
personally though, I like the theme of tiny bby pre teen Dick robin visiting all the robins at any various age of theirs and getting all their panties in a twist as he accidentally and effortlessly reminds them what an amazing robin he was ;) get on Dick’s level, robins.