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Posted By 2cool4fun

Damn writers, why you so cold?

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Posted By daredevil21134

The ones that put them in deliberate danger should be held responsible

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Posted By victor25
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Edited By Outside_85

I would say they are only directly responsible as long as the mentor and the youth forms a partnership (Batman & Robin for instance), but if the partnership ends on the kids terms then so does the mentors responsibility (Batman and Nightwing).

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Posted By G_leno

I'd say Brian Buccellato hit the nail on the head.

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Posted By Paracelsus

Depends- in X-Men #168, Wolverine makes the point in an exchange with Nghtcrawler that as late as the 19th century, boys of twelve went to sea as midshipmen on sailing vessels(esp battleships) and were expected to comport themselves as officers and adults and that Kitty Pryde( who by Professor Xavier's orders was to be transferred from the ranks of the X-Men to the "New Mutants" as he believed that full time superheroics was too risky for her based on her then age) could just as easily be killed or injured leading a "normal" life. Given that some heroes are not only legal minors but below the age of even puberty(Franklin Richards, the various members of Power Pack), I'd say that age is highly subjective; like wartime, there is nothing like gaining superpowers to make a youngster grow up

(maybe TOO quickly) but as a young Peter Parker found out- with great powers come great responsibility!

Terry

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Posted By PunyParker

Peter David <3

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

Batmaning around is the phrase of the day.

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Posted By WarDishy_

@g_leno said:

I'd say Brian Buccellato hit the nail on the head.

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Posted By PrinceAragorn1

yes. They should be.

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Posted By Fallschirmjager

LOL. "If he got caught with a Dimebag"

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Posted By amazing_webhead

At least until they've got enough experience under their belts

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Posted By Crimsonlord53

Was batman responsible for batgirl when she first made her debut.

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Posted By Caladorcp

Yes. And the reason I say that is that superheroes are responsible for EVERYONE being safe. They are protectors of their city, world, dimension...etc....

Teenage superheroes are part of that.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

I agree with Charles Soule, he makes a good point, but more importantly he has good hair.

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Posted By Binski

That's kinda like asking should parents be responsible for their kids and I hope the answer is obvious

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Posted By righteous300

@binski said:

That's kinda like asking should parents be responsible for their kids and I hope the answer is obvious

No?

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Posted By StMichalofWilson

I would say they are only directly responsible as long as the mentor and the youth forms a partnership (Batman & Robin for instance), but if the partnership ends on the kids terms then so does the mentors responsibility (Batman and Nightwing).

Good point

Yes. And the reason I say that is that superheroes are responsible for EVERYONE being safe. They are protectors of their city, world, dimension...etc....

Teenage superheroes are part of that.

Again, another good point

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Edited By THORSON

yes and no.

I think they should care about their safety, yet still be like go and kick some butt for the greater good because with great power comes great responsibility.

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Posted By PhoenixoftheTides

Yes. The teenaged heroes should be answerable to, and punished by, adults and senior heroes. Otherwise their actions serve no greater purpose because they are limited by their teenaged limited range of experiences.

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Posted By fantasyfreak

When I heard Kyle Higgins answer I was like:damn that´s dark XD Personally I think I agree the most with Snyder(and no I´m not just saying that to kiss ass). I´m surprised Peter David had such a straight answer, I thought he would ponder it a bit more.

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Edited By COBRAMORPH

By allowing younglings to work with them, it sets a bad example to the kids in the comic-verse that "hey, maybe they to can be a superhero". But, if the hero doesnt get involved, the kid hero will most likely die. Plus, the hero really can not stop the kid from running around playing hero either. Plus, Batman started when he was much younger that most other heroes.

Without the heroes involvemnt, chances are the kid will die. With the heroes help he'll still die, but eventually come back.

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Posted By CrazyScarecrow

@crimsonlord53: No. Babs made the Batgirl costume for a Halloween party and ran into Killer Moth and took the crook down. After that she got the attention of Batman and Robin and started partnering up with them.

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Posted By JulieDC

I'd expect the hero to either make them stop or bring them into the fold to at least keep an eye on them...to let them be heroes with no supervision or anyone to answer to will cause all sorts of problems that doesn't just affect the kid....

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Posted By Kazuma_Bushi

Batman should be in jail. Two Robins died under his watch lol

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Edited By Outside_85

To expand on what I wrote: if an adult superhero is somehow supporting a teenager to become or maintain a superhero identity, then they should be held responsible if something happens to the kid that the adult could have prevented either through better support and training (ala Spoiler) or stopping them from going out in the first place.

On the other hand, the real question remains what to do about the teenagers that have no ties to any adult superheroes, the Cyborg's, Starfire's and Raven's.

While on the subject, in regards to the New Teen Titans; who would be blamed in the end if one of the original team had died early on? Raven for picking this person and bringing them onto this team? Or the JLA (more specifically Zatanna) for turning her away?

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Edited By Brenticles

It depends on how the book is written. If it's more lighthearted where the kids aren't going to get written off and die horribly then little adult character supervision is needed.

But as most books have a much more serious tone then the answer is yes, absolutely. Blood relation or affiliation does not matter. If a kid pops up in their city and they know about it and do nothing then they are complicit in the kids death if the kid dies. The heroes are supposed to be protecting people, especially the innocent. So they need to either get a kid off the street that doesn't belong being a vigilante. Or they need to train that kid or arrange training.

I think the Young Justice tv series did a great job of balancing adult hero supervision and training with kid independence as well as many other aspects of the superhero genre.

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Posted By Herokiller12344

The ones that put them in deliberate danger should be held responsible

We're looking at you, Batman.

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Posted By Dredeuced

I really wish Brian was still on The Flash for Wally's return. I really enjoy his outlook on cape dynamics.

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Posted By daredevil21134
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Posted By BlackWind

Depends on if they need it or not.

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Posted By RD189

If the heroes in question can take care of themselves, then they should have the responsibility that comes with it

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Edited By kleo_94

As they said, if the adult hero has a sidekick, then yes, they should be, and they are responsible for them. Let's take Batman and Robin, and same with Captain America and Bucky. If Cap brought teenage behind the enemy lines, and Bucky got killed, then it's all on Cap. Not that these kid sidekicks cannot take care of themselves, but, you know. Hey, Batman, you allowed two Robins to get killed, how 'bout that? And hey, Cap, you're actually the lucky one, since your sidekick is still alive after aff those years. So yeah, defenitely they should take responsibility for their kid heroes.

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Posted By bellaardila92

But Green Arrow didn't responsible for Roy Harper.His daughter died,and he started to become a dick.,He slept with the enemy.