Robin's Best Covers

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Posted by k4tzm4n (41773 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh yes, it's time to celebrate our latest Character of the Month! He's already defeated his first challenger in the Battle of the Week, and now it's time to praise some of the little dude's excellent covers! Now, we obviously won't have everyone's top picks in here, so if your favorite one isn't below, go ahead and give it some love by posting it in the comments. Tell the world who made it and why you think it's awesome, too. Alright, let's give your eyes a good time and show 'em some memorable covers!

*Yes, this article does reveal whether Damian Wayne will return from the dead or if another character will replace him as Robin. Leave now if you don't want that spoiled!*

BATMAN AND ROBIN #1 (2009)

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Many other heroes find Damian's personality to be... well, let's just be kind and say off-putting. However, there's one character he's bonded with a whole lot and even considers to be a good friend: Dick Grayson. When Batman "died," the original Robin stepped up and became the Dark Knight. Damian joined his side and, thanks to Grant Morrison's writing and several artists, the two heroes went on a memorable adventure (Bat-Cow!). However, it all began with Frank Quitely's cover and, with just one look at the characters, you could tell this was going to be a totally different dynamic duo.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 (2011)

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We're not sure if you've heard by now, but Bruce Wayne's son has just a wee bit of an ego and this has made him clash with his fellow Bat-family members quite a few times. We all remember the hilarious yet harsh encounter he had with Tim Drake when he was taken to the Batcave, yeah? In the latest volume of BATMAN AND ROBIN, he attempted to prove he's the best Robin. War of the Robins didn't go on for very long, but watching how Damian tried to get the better of his allies was good fun and Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray and John Kalisz' cover was the perfect way to get us excited for this story.

TEEN TITANS #89 (2003)

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Damian Wayne leading a team? Yeah, that's sure going to go well! Luckily for the Teen Titans, Damian isn't in charge, he's just sent there so he can learn to improve his social skills and bond with more heroes. In the end, he only gains a bit of respect for Ravager, but Damian certainly thought he was in charge and this cover does a hilarious job capturing his ego. Nicola Scott, Doug Hazlewood and Jason Wright's cover also does an amusing job presenting how the team reacts to their latest member. You can't really blame them for looking shocked and dissatisfied if the latest addition to their roster immediately begins to take charge and insult everyone, can you?

BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #11

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So many covers focus on Damian's strong personality, are overflowing with darkness, or capture an intense moment. But sometimes the good guys simply looking stoic can go a long way and leave quite an impression. That's exactly what Dustin Nguyen's cover accomplishes. You can image Batman's cape flowing in the wind and Damian's head slowly moving as he scans the city. This image would make a mighty fine statue, wouldn't it?

BATMAN AND ROBIN #38 (2011)

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Damian's confidence knows no bounds. He's only ten years-old but, thanks to his extensive training and brilliant mind, he has an ego the size of the Anti-Monitor. Damian thought he was invincible and sadly, the Heretic proved otherwise. Watching Batman deal with the loss of his son was heartbreaking, but now we know Damian is coming back! Not only will he return to the land of the living, but he'll have super powers, too! That's right, he's basically going to become the "boy of steel" and this cover does a terrific job saying everything you need to know about Damian's personality and just how much fun he'll have with boosted physicals. While Superman may look determined and focused as bullets bounce off his chest, Damian looks like he's loving every second of it. He's just so smug and lovable. Man, seeing him with powers is going to be a blast, isn't it?

BATMAN #666

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The future isn't the nicest place around and it's only fitting its version of Batman would need to adapt to the terror and violence. Except this isn't an older Bruce Wayne in the costume... it's Damian! Andy Kubert's cover gives us our first taste of grown up Damian Wayne as Batman and immediately shows you that no matter how terrible the situation in Gotham may be, Batman will rise above it. An unforgettable story requires an unforgettable cover and this is one that will absolutely hold a spot in your memory.

BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 (2012)

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We all knew Damian Wayne was going to die (it was officially announced before the comic was released), yet Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn still hits you in the gut with the development. You may not know how Batman's son meets his end and you may not even care, but this cover does a terrific job striking you with the tragedy that'll occur within the issue. There's no background here or anything to take your eyes away from the point that Robin is going to die. From heavily shading the character to using his icon as the "R" in R.I.P., the cover for BATMAN INCORPORATED #8 is a powerful one.

BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #1

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Who doesn't love a blatant nod to BATMAN #666? Once again illustrated by Andy Kubert (and colored by Brad Anderson), this cover teases Damian's future as Batman and puts a bit of a spin on it by showing just how happy the young guy is to be wearing the outfit. He isn't especially dark, being riddled with bullets and snapping necks just yet; he looks up to his father and relishes the chance to wear a similar costume and hit the streets. And, if you've read the issue, that's sure to further boost your appreciation for the cover. It's an amazingly heartfelt and entertaining story, so go check it out and then enjoy gazing at the cover all over again.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #39 (2011)

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ACTION COMICS #1 has been the inspiration for a lot of covers over the years, but no one can say they'd ever expect to see it used for Damian! Now that the brash kid has superpowers, the art team behind BATMAN AND ROBIN is going to humorously tease just how the physical upgrade will impact the dynamic he has with his father. You can't help but love how annoyed and confused Batman appears to be ("Okay, HOW do I stop my son?!") and Titus noticing the food is adorable. You can imagine he'll run over and begin to eat as much as possible in the next second as Bruce screams and attempts to reprimand his powerful son.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #77

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Alé Garza, Oliver Nome and Hi-Fi Design's cover perfectly sums up just who Damian is. With his arms folded, shoulders back and a smirk on his face, you can tell he's just overflowing with confidence. And Supergirl's expression? Well, that perfectly sums up just how much he can annoy other heroes! Damian has a history of bugging his allies (Stephanie Brown and Beast Boy immediately come to mind) and you can tell it's taking all of Supergirl's restraint not to retaliate. If you love Damian Wayne -- which hopefully applies to most of you since you've made it this far -- this cover should fill you with happiness and make you smile. And if you've read the issue (if not, go do it and enjoy the laughs), it's likely going to make you think about all of his hilarious comments, too. "Now scan, alien." It's a nice reminder of his blunt and often abrasive personality.

What's YOUR favorite Damian Wayne cover? Post it below!

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#1 Edited by deactivated-5c901e667a76c (36557 posts) - - Show Bio

That Streets of Gotham cover...

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#2 Posted by Rubear (4667 posts) - - Show Bio

I think i know where Damian is looking)

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#3 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

love the Batman and Robin yellow cover. sooo good

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#4 Posted by genekellypunk (51 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm so proud of this boy :')))

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#5 Edited by Black_Arrow (10296 posts) - - Show Bio
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This one is my personal favorite. Damian trying to protect the last piece of Gotham that It is left.

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#6 Edited by TheDandyMan (5175 posts) - - Show Bio

All very good covers. For me, a favourite has got to be Batman and Robin 8:

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I think it pictures Bruce's love for his son very well and the fact that, although he enjoys being independent, Damian does need that bond between him and his father.

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#7 Posted by ScouterV (7764 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly, I don't like too many of these.

The Streets of Gotham one looks awesome though, and the Batman 666 covers are nice.

The rest are kind of...bleh.

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#8 Edited by k4tzm4n (41773 posts) - - Show Bio
@scouterv said:

Honestly, I don't like too many of these.

The Streets of Gotham one looks awesome though, and the Batman 666 covers are nice.

The rest are kind of...bleh.

What are some of your favorites?

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That Streets of Gotham cover...

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They need to turn that (the cover, not the character in your gif!) into a statue.

@thedandyman Great choice! I think that one made it into Batman's Best Covers.

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#9 Posted by Manhunter2070 (128 posts) - - Show Bio

His legs are way too long in that Superman/Batman #77 cover

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#10 Posted by the_stegman (40399 posts) - - Show Bio

I like the cover with Supergirl, especially given his crush on her.

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#11 Edited by TheDandyMan (5175 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n: Ah right, it's certainly a cracker.

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#13 Posted by Transformers1024 (7602 posts) - - Show Bio

Issue one of Morrison's Batman and Robin is my favorite.

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#15 Posted by Husk (462 posts) - - Show Bio

Like em alll.

Except I hate that issue 38 cover.

Ugh...

Is he a robot? why are there bolts flying from him?

PS (yes I realize they are SUPPOSED TO BE smashed bullets... but those are clearly NOT bullets.

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#16 Edited by Mrnoital (8381 posts) - - Show Bio

my favorite has to be from Batman Vs Robin

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#19 Posted by mak13131313 (1601 posts) - - Show Bio

All awesome covers!

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#20 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12701 posts) - - Show Bio

Burnham is great,

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#21 Posted by SynCig (1105 posts) - - Show Bio

I love that Teen Titans cover even though the issue wasn't all that great. Damian on the Titans could have been brilliant but it wasn't executed all that well.

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#22 Posted by amazing_webhead (9988 posts) - - Show Bio

Would it be too off-topic for me to say that Kara looks positively yummy in that last one?

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#23 Posted by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

Everything about Damian with the Titans was unbearable.

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@k4tzm4n:Hope you didn't think I was being condescending or anything by the way, but these covers I think are all pretty solid. With this said, it's kind of surprising Robin hasn't had a solo with Damian leading, but I think it's something we could see in 2015.

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#25 Posted by slade_wilson (776 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman and Robin 10 is one of my favorite covers in the past five years

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#26 Posted by ComicStooge (22063 posts) - - Show Bio

Damian is the shiz and those covers show it

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#29 Posted by Boynerdgeek (2733 posts) - - Show Bio

Dick Grayson , Tim Drake and Damian Wayne is great as Robin. The only fail Robin is Jason Todd

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#31 Posted by 2cool4fun (2418 posts) - - Show Bio

Dick Grayson , Tim Drake and Damian Wayne is great as Robin. The only fail Robin is Jason Todd

But he's the best one when it comes to after they graduet from being Robins.

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#35 Posted by k4tzm4n (41773 posts) - - Show Bio

@scouterv: Nah, I just wanted to encourage you to share the ones you love -- get some variety in here! Also, very good picks.

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#38 Edited by redbird3rdboywonder (7157 posts) - - Show Bio

meh don't like Damien, covers are cool though

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#42 Posted by CptPanda29 (218 posts) - - Show Bio

@crazyscarecrow: That Titans one was my phone wallpaper for months. When he says something like "Robin always leads the Titans" I can't remember the actual line.

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#43 Posted by MuyJingo (2862 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, I like all of these covers, and the ones posted in the comments. I honestly don't think I can even choose a favorite.

By golly Kara's skirt is short on that cover though!

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#44 Posted by RustyRoy (16610 posts) - - Show Bio

Great picks.

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#45 Posted by Tomdercat (2 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a litte confuse, are we in the year 2011?

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#46 Edited by k4tzm4n (41773 posts) - - Show Bio
@tomdercat said:

I'm a litte confuse, are we in the year 2011?

The dates represent when the volumes began and that seemed needed for TEEN TITANS, BATMAN INC and BATMAN AND ROBIN since there's more than one. Thought it was obvious enough that BATMAN #666 is from the first run and not the New 52, so didn't bother with that one.

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#47 Edited by Saint_Sophie (7263 posts) - - Show Bio

The Teen Titans and Superman/Batman are my favourites..

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#48 Posted by ComicStooge (22063 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n BATMAN AND ROBIN #39 (2011)

Damian was resurrected in 2011?

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#49 Posted by k4tzm4n (41773 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n BATMAN AND ROBIN #39 (2011)

Damian was resurrected in 2011?

The year represents when that volume began, not when the issue was released.

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#50 Posted by ComicStooge (22063 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:
@comicstooge said:

@k4tzm4n BATMAN AND ROBIN #39 (2011)

Damian was resurrected in 2011?

The year represents when that volume began, not when the issue was released.

Ohhhh, understood.

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