@Illuminarch: I'm not saying brutalized. But not matter how little the discomfort is, it has no reason. If a kid is misbehavin some physical punishment may be warrented, but in the case of birthday spankings, they serve nothing but to make the child uncomfortable while it doesn't benefit anyone. Is about on par with schoolyard bullying only it's your parents. It's just stupid and pointless and the fact that it carries on purely for sake of "tradition" is absolutely retarded.
My main point was that your argument was that there was nothing wrong with the scene because everyone was implying sexual intention where non exsited. However, when all double entendres are removed it's still a stupid and pointless activity That basically makes Bruce look like a dick.
@Primmaster64: Bombshells suit fractures and she begins to leak radiation. With her suit reptured she can't withstand the under water pressure and passes out, whilst her leak gives Aquagirl raditation poisoning.
How they went missing was never revealed and how Hendersen wrote it you would think that no one really cared in the least to find out. I imagine there dissapearance will be treated very similar to how Kid Eternity dissapeard and no one botherd to even look for him while he got murdered.
You know, I don't read the Robin spanking one as having any sexual undertones. But it is still creepy, not in a perverted way but in a messed up way that anyway thinks it's fun to be hit in celebration. The fact that is a tradition is simply retarded because no kid thinks it's fun, it's only parents doing it to their kids because they had to put up with it. Some "traditions" are plain stupid and last soulely because certain people never thought enough to realize that it didn't actually have to keep happening just because it happened before. Not sexual just retarded.
After Whedon finished with Astonishing, it never really fit into the main continuity. The funny thing is that when Marvel re-started Astonishing they acknowledged the complaints everyone had about where it fit into the cannon and they assured everyone that the new Astonishing would fit clearly into the main Marvel Universe.
That clearly hasn't happened. Not only does it not fit in the current events in the Marvel U, but it's art is atrocious and it's writing mediocre at best. It it truthfully a waste of a book and and the re-vamp might has well have never happened.
I like Damian as much as anyone, but I don't think this will last for more than one story arc. I imagine he and the titans will cross paths when they are both invetigating the "Freal Boys" situation and when they encouter eachother Damian will decide that they are poorly conducted and will elect himself as their new Leader. The team will insist that they don't need new leadership (Which brings up the question of who JT will have leading the team...) and they will try to get to the source will also having to control Damian whitout him controlling them. At the end of the arc, through some modicum of cooperation they will solve the crisis and while the team will realize that Damian isn't so bad (but still an ass) he willalso have a new level of respect for them (condesending as it may be). Eventually Damian will decide that he doesn't want to be their leader and go iff on his own, but it will be made clear that should their paths cross again, that they will be able to work well together.
I don't mind him being on a team, but I don't think the Teen Titans would be right for him. The Teen Titans are more than just a team to hone sidekicks who aren't ready for a solo career (which is how DC has been treating them for a while) but they are a well established team of heroes in their own right. I'm hoping JT will bring the team back from it's past few years of mediocre writing since Johns left.
As for those who are wanting a new Young Justice, I wouldn't worry. With the new cartoon on it's way, I'm sure DC will want to have a new team in it's main continuity as well. Though I'm not sure if that will work for Damian either. YJ seems a little too bright and shiney for him.
If I had my way and Damian was going to be in more than just fighting alongside Bats, you know what I'd like? I'd like him to be on the Outsiders. I think not only would he fit with the mood of the book, but it would be hilarious watching him try to pull clout amongsts all the older and obscure heroes. He could be like the team mascot. I think that would be the best place for him, but that's me.
@Jotham: The difference is that different planet means different gene poole. extinct animals works because they still share common origin with living animals. As for animals he's never seen, yes he can turn into them, but he never will as he doesn't know about them and there for can't command his powers to do it. Thats why he watches nature documentaries all the time to learn about as many animals as he can and what they can do.