We Are…Robin! writer on how DC's new comic solves the 'sidekick conundrum'

The Bat-family is getting a little bigger with the addition of new DC comic We Are...Robin!, and the writer of the Gotham-set series has opened up about the new street-level tale.

Written by Lee Bermejo (Joker, Suiciders) with art by Jorge Corona, Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph, the series focuses on a group of Gotham City teenagers who try to save their city by adopting the mantle of Batman's beloved sidekick. Basically, it’s the story of a do-gooder gang of kids trying to carry on the Bat-mission in smaller ways — and it could be a great way to give readers a very unique take on Gotham City. The central character will be Duke Thomas, who was introduced in the recent Batman storyline Year Zero.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bermejo revealed the concept was actually born as a graphic novel pitch a few years ago, but at the time it didn’t fit DC’s creative direction. But, after a few years on the shelf, the concept was dusted off and tweaked to focus on a group of kids inspired by Robin’s heroism. Bermejo decided to frame the story around Duke because he was such a fascinating character, and showed the wit and will to take up his own mission.

Here’s an excerpt from what Bermejo had to say about the project:

"The kind of germ of the book came out of me trying to solve the whole side kick conundrum. It’s a concept that never really worked for me…it never really made sense, and I felt like it was aggregated from an idea that comes from 1940s pop culture. The idea of a teenage sidekick always felt odd, so I wanted to try to find a way to make it work and modernize the idea and help a little bit …

I think it’s a good way to look at what’s going on in comics in general right now. The industry is kind of opening up more to all these other ideas, and specifically from groups that have been marginalized in the past. I think it’s a great time, it’s a really exciting time to have all these different idea starting to be circulating and starting to be seen. Just, you know, talking about purely based on story content, you’re starting to get people who are interested in stories that maybe 10 years ago would never have flown and ideas that wouldn’t have been approved. We’re starting kind of to blow the top off a little bit of what people are used to seeing."

The first issue of We Are…Robin! is on shelves now. 

Check out a sample page below and let us know what you think:

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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