“Look – one of us needs to say this – and it looks like it has to be me. You molded m, Bruce. For years I lived under the shadow of the Batman. I wanted to get away, to be my own man. Yet, when I chose a costume and a name, they reflected you. You’re a part of me, Bruce. I can’t deny that. And I don’t want to any longer. I just wanted you to know that. That, and one other thing – I’m proud to have been your Robin.”
Feel counters off the roof ahhhhhh
See, that’s what really separates Bruce and Dick. Dick can say these things, acknowledge them and let people appreciate them. Because he knows that needs to be said. This is seriously one of the most amazingly strong sequences for Dick’s character to me. Because that takes a lot of guts to say out loud.
And to say it to Bruce when it’s so obvious Dick doesn’t know whether or not he has Bruce’s approval? That takes guts. Seriously.
What makes this sequence kill me, though? Don’t smile, Bruce. Freaking respond! Let your son know how much the same pride and respect and love is aimed right back at him wtf don’t be creepy just do your freaking job as a father/mentor
For all Dick knows he just put the last nail in the coffin and Bruce will never accept anything that was just said.
*throws up hands* Emotionally constipated children. I swear!
Hey Im new to comics and I have some interest on reading about Starfire ,is there any recommendations on where to start? Ive also seen in another post that you said that she's a subversion to the born sexy yesterday trope, may I ask how?
Hi, there! I have a ton of recommendations for Starfire reading and I have a rec list right here but I’ll give you some of my favorites with an explanation to go along with them:
New Teen Titans v1 and v2
these comics are where she comes from (her technical first appearance was in DC Comics Presents #26 but you don’t need to read that to really get a feel for her) and I think because they’re written by her creator they’re some of the most reliable (and interesting) comics to read
my personal favorites: v1 #1-3, #6, #22-26 ( + annual 1 because it fits right after #24), #28, #31-33. v2 #6, #22, #23, #26, #27, #39.
Tales of the New Teen Titans #4
this is where Wolfman solidifies her backstory and it’s well worth reading because of that
Teen Titans Spotlight #19
you get a really sweet look at Kory’s friendship with Harbinger and she’s just generally so cute in it that I can’t leave it out
New Titans v1
This is overall a very bad volume and you don’t need to read most of it but she gets married and I love him so it’s worth it
Annual 6 because it’s Tamaran centric (read before you read #127-#130)
Titans v1 (surprise! I hate this volume but there’s a handful of issues I like)
Teen Titans v3
it’s not the best series for her character for a small list of reasons but I love the way she looks drawn by Mike McKone (muscles fOR DAYS) and modern comics acknowledging her friendship with Vic is my Kink
I’m leaving Outsiders out of this because I don’t like how Judd Winick wrote her (he wrote her in Titans v2 as well but I’m not reccing from the part of the volume he wrote)
that’s the only issue I like
As for Kory being a subversion of Born Sexy Yesterday - her original iteration is a beautiful princess from another planet that comes to Earth not knowing any of the languages or the cultures and as the video essay elaborates on, Born Sexy Yesterday often creates female characters who are full grown women that are beautiful and sexy but so naive about the world that they act like children and require men to teach them the ways of the world. Kory takes this trope and kicks it into the upper atmosphere - aside from one or two scenes that come to mind but I’m in a bit of a block right now and I’m having a hard time elaborating - because while she comes to Earth ignorant of its customs, languages, and history, she’s never treated (by the writers) as someone who actually needed to be taught how to function in society and she makes it very clear that she’s no idiot:
She’s also incredibly aware of how she looks, which Born Sexy Yesterday characters usually aren’t. Being unaware of your own beauty is something that men seem to like and she doesn’t play into that concept at all, which is something I absolutely love:
This isn’t a super in-depth analysis but I hope that I gave you a good idea of why she subverts that trope so beautifully.
“You’re a part of me, Bruce. I can’t deny it and I don’t want to any longer.”
I actually find this quite amusing cuz in this scene Dick was like *seriously*“B, you see, for a long time I consider you as the shadow which holds me back but now I want you to know I’m proud of having been Robin…”
And Bruce was like, “……oh.” Or maybe “why put your hands on my shoulders is that really necessary.”
Ok he smiled a little bit in the end XD he’s not that indifferent anyway haha.
Oh and I forgot the issue number…I think it’s probably Teen Titans spotlight? Correct me if I’m wrong 😥
Is it ever said in comics if dick grayson has messy handwriting? In a lot of fanfictions they mention he writes messily but is it more canon or headcanon thing? I know this is probably stupid, but I love that kind of details.
Haha. So off the top of my head, here’s a handful of instances with Dick’s handwriting.
In Titans Vol 1 #4, Dick had to sign his name in a book to be transported into a hellish dimension with the rest of his team. It looks like pretty nice cursive, but I want to point out that most people tend to write better when it’s their name (I know that’s true for me, because my handwriting sucks but when I sign my name it looks awesome.)
In Nightwing Secret Files (1999), Dick has a corkscrew board with lots of handwritten notes about various criminals in his city. (Also, Dick, why are you throwing wingdings in your apartment.)
Here’s a close up of some of his writing so you can get a better look at it.
It looks like more of a messy cursive. Kind of scrawled but also not horrible looking. This personally falls in line with my HC of Dick’s handwriting– really nice looking when it’s his name but scrawled and messier when it’s his general handwriting.
Also in this comic, we have Dick’s police evaluation with a picture and his name written underneath.
I want to emphasize that we don’t actually know if Dick wrote this or not. To be quite honest, it’s far more likely that he didn’t write this since it’s part of his police file, but I think it’s worth pointing out in case other people want to draw their own opinions on it.
In Teen Titans Spotlight #19, we see Dick’s cursive on a picture he signed for Kory.
Again, this implies to me that Dick has nice cursive when he wants to have nice cursive (especially when he’s writing his name), but that otherwise his writing will probably be more of a scrawl when he’s working