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Comic Book Question of the Week Results: 02/26/13 'Who Should Be Robin?'

The community has voted and the next Robin will be...

The second 'Comic Book Question of the Week' has now come and gone. This week, I asked who you would want to see as Robin. A scenario was provided where the Boy Wonder left on his own terms, therefore making it fairly reasonable to believe Wayne would be okay with finding a replacement for his partner's tiny boots.

377 Viners voted and it was a close race between Harper Row -- the girl we believe will likely one day be a part of the Bat-family -- and Stephanie Brown, the fourth Robin. In the end, the community made it clear: they want to see Stephanie Brown in The New 52 and they'd love to see return to the Dark Knight's side as Robin again.

"Batman and Robin will never die!"

I must admit, I'm surprised Cassandra Cain didn't receive more votes. There's been plenty of demand to see her appear in The New 52, but I guess the thought of Stephanie Brown patrolling the streets once again with Batman is just too fun of a thought to resist.

It's too bad she wouldn't be able to interact with Damian if she did come back, though... they had such great moments together when she was Batgirl.

That said, I voted for Hit-Girl. I by no means think she'd be the "best" choice -- not by a long shot, actually -- but seeing Wayne try to reform her lethal methods as he takes her under his wing would be incredibly amusing. Although, if we're aiming for the most amusing, Doc Ock in a tight Robin costume is disturbingly hilarious...

Here's the voting results:

Viners, would you want Stephanie Brown to be the next Robin or did you vote for someone else? Don't forget to check back Tuesday for the next 'Comic Book Question of the Week!'

Gregg Katzman is a freelance writer for Comic Vine and IGN Entertainment. This is the part where he shamelessly plugs his Twitter page in hopes of getting a new follower or two.

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Posted By Gordon Kelly

I think Damian will be Robin again because he cant die. He is inmortal he is just taking a break from his Father- Batman. It would be nice to see Stephanie again as Robin since she was Robin in 2004 and was fired by Batman during the War Games gang series and fake death up to the events of RIP and now. Stephanie would be a good Robin if she douse not get fired by Batman again.

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Posted By Alton

Robin as a character has always pretty much sucked so let's see Batman go solo from now on.

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Posted By apg103

Nightwing we all known was awesome. But Tim Drake was the best Robin, period. he was better than Damien as robin. I got no idea what D.C was thinking putting Tim on the back burner, to push Damien as robin. Tim should be robin. Bruce and Damien wasn't even interesting. Damien was a better side kick to Nightwing, he should just be placed in his comic, with another alias, instead of killing him, which everyone saw coming.

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Posted By sethysquare

stephanie brown must die. that horrible bicth

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Posted By ClintsEvilTwin

@thatlad said:

I am disappointed in all the viners who voted for Harper Row.

I'm more disappointed in DC for killing Robin again. It's getting old.

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Posted By Nocturama

If someone has already mentioned, this I must have missed their post, but Squire will most likely be the new Robin. What with Knight being killed two issues earlier, Batman, Inc. has left Batman without a Robin and Squire without her "Batman" in the very same story arc, obviously Morrison has set it up as a fait accompli. Batman will take in the distraught Beryl Hutchinson, who has often been referred to as the "Robin" of England. Squire even has the meta ability to interpret information by touch, which only enhances her usefulness in detective work and she will probably find herself drawn into a new case while living at Wayne Manor. Of course, despite some initial resistance from Batman, she'll eventually don the Robin suit in one form or another and he'll tell her she's got some big shoes to fill, etc. That is, until...Damian is revived in the Lazarus Pit and comes back EVIL!!!!

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Posted By Kairan1979

I really miss Cassandra Cain.

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Posted By ScottyHawkeye

no one there should be no more robin screw sidekicks

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Posted By nxt174

azrael should be robin

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Posted By sweatboy

Hahaha Michelangelo? Tim Drake is best Robin though. (Even Stephanie agrees?)

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Posted By theMightyMODOK

@ccraft said:

If Damian somehow doesn't come back, I hope there won't be another Robin. It just doesn't make sense that Batman would have another sidekick, his son died. That's the end of the Robins. If Tim went up to Batman saying "Batman needs a Robin" he's going to get punched, in the face!

MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY !!!

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Posted By WonderHunter

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

Maybe its just time for Batman to be solo for now and make good on Snyder's "Death of the Family" intention...make my Bruce a lone wolf now.

Yep.

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Posted By WonderHunter

@ccraft said:

If Damian somehow doesn't come back, I hope there won't be another Robin. It just doesn't make sense that Batman would have another sidekick, his son died. That's the end of the Robins. If Tim went up to Batman saying "Batman needs a Robin" he's going to get punched, in the face!

I was thinking in the same line... beside all the Robins we already have, what happen here was too much. They must have some the nerve if they make the decision to bring other Robin andhonestly, i will be pissed. It's too soon, at least.

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Posted By thatlad

I am disappointed in all the viners who voted for Harper Row.

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Posted By The Mast

I just...I just want my Cassie back.

SHAMELESS PLUG: http://www.facebook.com/BringBackCassandraCain

I thought this'd get more likes than it has (1), and she'd get more votes. Sadface.

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Posted By sora_thekey

C'Mon! Was I the only one who voted for Jubilee??

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Posted By Dedpool

Stephanie Brown is first choice! But I wouldn't mind seeing Harper Row, or even Tim take the mantle back up.

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Posted By HellknightLeon

Wait... I change my vote! I want Carrie Kelly.

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Posted By HellknightLeon

Stephanie Brown. Yeah.

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Posted By TheMatch328

Here is my view on the situation I believe that Helena (Huntress) should become Robin, if you look at the reaction cover for Worlds Finest you can see a shadow of Batman now I do not read Worlds Finest and I do not know if her and Batman have ever met but I think if they meet in this issue I think Helena might become the next Robin. And my view on Tim becoming Robin is that I do not want to see him loose his wings I am hoping he adds that to the Robin costume if he becomes Robin I think the Robin costume is in need of an upgrade.

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Edited By herrweis

we dont need another robin.let batman has tim,dick and jason and barbara he doesnt need anyone else.i hated damien as a character and idea anyway

and wasnt damien a clone anyway?not like really his son just his dna?

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Posted By Herx

Steph and Cassi, no. I know that we're missing them right now, but to see them filling in the tinny *bursts out crying* shoes *keeps on crying* OF DAMIEN! would be disrespectful for all 3 characters. We'll see them reintroduced eventually,

Tim, despite (In my opinion) being the best of the robins, I would not like to see returning to the pixy boots. He's growing as a character as Grayson did before and is becoming red robin, no turning back. (plus the evil grin picture is him apparantly being possessed by something... i duno i haven't picked up titans in a while). Harper i just dont see it. She's good with electrics and was able to discover that batman pretty much maintains the gotham power system with his own system, but that sound more like (and this is because barbra is batgirl now) Oracle than Robin.

Really, if their going for the whole Damien death (i've still got my fingers crossed for a lazerus pit to be turning up), the most logical and respectfull thing would to have Bruce either go solo for a while, or realistically have someone else take the mantle of the bat for a while bruce IS (and this is, unfortuanatly, putting real world situations and rationalization into a comic universe) still in shock from the death of his son, and as far as this universe is concerned the second death caused by his roping in children on his crusade. But really I'm opting for DOC OCC (people dobted that he could be spiderman, so far he's doing a "superior" job of it *snigger*), Michy (holy kawabungas batman!) or Ibn al Xu'ffasch.

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Posted By mcbean

The dead Damian could be a clone ?

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Posted By AllStarSuperman

I voted hitgirl

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Posted By shackle

@ccraft: I don't like Damian; never have. He and Cassandra Cain suffer from the same character flaw in my book--conveniently written to be uber-badasses to fit a role.

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Posted By sho3s22

@KnightofSteel: don't like the new design? He may be returning to the old anyways...

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Edited By sho3s22

I'd like to see Tim come back, he still holds the name Red Robin, which supposedly has been his name the whole time *cough* stupid Lobdell *cough*. And Batman should learn by now he must use older partners, that not only can hold their own but have lived a little so if tragedy does befall them they have at least experienced life more extensively than Damian did.

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Posted By G_Money_Christmas

I say Michelangelo. We need someone with a sense of humor, not a cynical little A-Hole like Damian. I'm glad he's gone, I wasn't a fan.

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Posted By IronAngelX

I don't like Harper Row, she isn't Robin material, she knows nothing of fighting, just how to jump start a heart with a pair of jumper cables. Not saying she couldn't be an asset to Batman, I'm not going to be biased cause I don't like her, but definitely not for Robin. I want to see Stephanie Brown make a New 52 debut. Harper Row can be like one of Batman's insiders to the mind of Gotham, nothing more.

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Posted By k4tzm4n

@MCWachner said:

I don't get it? Why would it be possible for a character who is not in the DC Universe to begin with, would ever become the sidekick Robin? Half of these characters are not even in the DC Universe.

It wouldn't be possible, but sometimes speculating these things can be plenty of fun. And, an option or two in there are clearly joke options ;)

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Posted By Deadcool

I liked Damian...

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Posted By MCWachner

I don't get it? Why would it be possible for a character who is not in the DC Universe to begin with, would ever become the sidekick Robin? Half of these characters are not even in the DC Universe.

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Posted By JillGr

I voted for Cass, but I would be happy with either Harper or Steph in the role too :)

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Posted By FatihBATMAN

Id like Tim!

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Posted By ccraft

@Z3RO180: @noj: @Omega-Man : @Mini_Bat: @inferiorego:

@mightypug78:@shackle: My Showing Respect for Damian forum. Change your profile picture to a Damian one, for at least a month! That way CV community will know how much you care for the character!

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Posted By akbogert

I actually thought this was still the voting thread until I opened it. I had finally decided to pick Stephanie Brown. So... yay?

Steph as Robin. Harper as Oracle. That was my joke suggestion earlier but I'd be so stoked to see it actually happen.

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Posted By KnightofSteel

I'd be fine with Tim going back to being just "Robin". But not as Batman's partner, maybe just leader of TT. I've always preferred Batman solo. Or maybe I just want Tim in a different costume so I don't have to keep seeing that ridiculous featherey cape of his.

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Edited By imperiex96

IN ORDER TO BECOME THE NEXT ROBIN I HAVE COME--

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Posted By nrgb2814

I think Doctor Octopus should be EVERY HERO!!!!!!!

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Posted By MaxSchreck

@RedheadedAtrocitus: I doub Tim actually is glad that Damian is dead . Covers always lie .... he is most likely not himself in that issue .

Surprised that Harper Row got so many votes . Honestly , I don`t like the idea of a female Robin . We`ve already seen this . Its not original . Most people probably just voted her because they think it is likely that she becomes Robin .

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Posted By hyperman

If Barry Allen and Barbara Gordon are back in action as Flash and Batgirl... can we expect DICK GRAYSON as ROBIN again maybe???

I love the idea, I must admit

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Posted By RedheadedAtrocitus

After this, I'm kinda feeling guilty I put my vote toward Tim now. I know, its just a cover, but still...

Nah, I change my mind. Maybe its just time for Batman to be solo for now and make good on Snyder's "Death of the Family" intention...make my Bruce a lone wolf now.

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Posted By xblah_blahx

@Grey56: Thanks! I've always been partial to the Blue Bomber.

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Posted By Grey56

@Dark_Guyver said:

I didn't know that many people around her like Harper Row so much. I just can't get into her character.

What this man said. Also - your icon is the awesomest thing ever perhaps.

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Posted By jtwolf

I would say Cassandra Cain. She is a much better character than the any of them and who the hell doesn't love the daughter of Lady Shiva kickin ass!

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@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@gettogaara said:

I honestly think he should just work with the rest of the bat family whenever they have the time and forget about Robin for a few years. Assuming the scenario though where Damian does not die, I think I would go for either Stephanie Brown or Cassandra Cain. I don't know either too well so I can't really choose between them. Tim Drake is the leader of the Teen Titans now so I doubt he wants to go back to sidekick. Harper Row really hasn't impressed me enough that she should be a Robin. The others are just too random lol.

Tim lead the TT as Robin pre-flashpoint

Yeah I just remembered he was still regular Robin in Batman and son instead of Red Robin. Didn't read too much DC before New 52. Only started backtracking recently.

@SexualLobster said:

I say they retire the idea of Robin altogether. It's too ridiculous a concept, and how many of his sidekicks have to die before he realizes it's not the best idea to have a kid with no powers fightig alongside you.

I agree with this. Maybe not retire it completely but it needs a long break. Lose one kid, shame on them. Lose a second, shame on you. The fact that he was both a few years younger than Jason as well as his actual son makes it even worse.

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Posted By Press Oblivion

No more robins

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Posted By SexualLobster

I say they retire the idea of Robin altogether. It's too ridiculous a concept, and how many of his sidekicks have to die before he realizes it's not the best idea to have a kid with no powers fightig alongside you.

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Posted By diarraharris3

I voted for Cassandra but I'm not surprised she didn't win. She was Batgirl for roughly a decade but I guess she never took. Stephanie Brown was only Batgirl for 2 years and she was more popular, plus she was a Robin and maybe people believe she didn't get real chance to spread her wings more when she was.

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Posted By Jawshco

Cass needs to come back, but not as Robin. Steph is best as spoiler, but I'm okay with this result. I voted for Tim. Based on the events of Teen Titans he probably won't be coming to the Batcave any time soon, but I'd love to him to be Robin he was before the New 52.

If Batman and Robin becomes Bruce and Harper, I'd rather they cancel the series. I would not read that. I'd find a better way to spend my money.