La scena della coppia di anziani che si vede nel film “Titanic” che sta abbracciata nel letto si basa in realtà su una storia vera.
Si chiamavano Ida e Isidor Straus ed entrambi sono morti sul titanic.
A Ida era stato offerto un posto su una scialuppa ma rifiutò per stare con il marito. Anche al marito fu offerto un posto, che decise di rifutare per salvare donne e bambini. Ida disse “abbiamo vissuto insieme per molti anni. Dove vai tu, vado io.”
This is the last issue of this arc, which is great, because then we can move on to Dick doing things other than being brainwashed.
Dick doesn’t appear for the climatic fight where Raven is like ‘lol nope’ and wins the day and a bunch of reporters want interviews with the triumphant Titans, but following that is an epilogue, which provides us with some closure.
It looks like an unusually dressed family ready to sit down for dinner tbh.
Robin is about to take his leave, and he really hopes Batman hasn’t…watched the news and figured out where he’s been (80s Batdad is super strict, okay, Jason can’t patrol on school nights either, and Bruce is still mad Dick dropped out of college).
Dick Grayson kind of lives for calling Bruce out tbh. Anyway this is cute Dick and Jason stuff, pre-retcons for both of them (this arc is explicitly still canon in the 2000s with the later retcons just…influencing it a bit. Geoff Johns clearly didn’t read it though because Raven didn’t even meet Jason while not brainwashed, so she can suck an egg and stop victim blaming tbh).
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Much is made of how little Dick and Jason interacted and the quality of their interactions in canon, so this is a pretty simple counter. Just tracking Dick being an okay brother to Jason or holding affection for him. Will obviously see limited use after Jason’s death. This counter kind of opposes Dick Grayson: Only Child, but it’s specifically for Jason rather than the rest of the batkids as a whole, who aren’t quite as complicated by the various retcons that happened during the late 80s before Jason’s death.
Your mileage may vary about how much this counts since Jason’s backstory retcon and Dick’s firing of Robin retcon having been applied yet, but as this story is quite explicitly Post-Crisis, those retcons don’t completely supersede the existence of this storyline (just like Nightwing: Year One doesn’t erase this story from being Post-Crisis canon).
Dick asks his teammates for forgiveness for being a giant asshole while under the influence of Blood, because he’s a good guy at heart. Kory remains awesome and extremely protective of him and it’s very cute.
Donna is basically ‘in hindsight, maybe you were a little angrier and meaner than usual’. It’s a bit of a backhanded compliment lmao.
Cyborg tells it like it is.
Donna is basically like ‘pls take it back dear god’ about being the Titans leader.
But Dick is like ‘finder’s keepers’ and then Kory is basically like ‘i have lived too long without his touch’ get it Kory, and runs off with him, literally.
It pleases me immensely whenever she just picks him up and carries him off.
Unfortunately, Dick hasn’t forgotten that Kory is a married lady now, and while Kory is like ‘so?’, Dick puts a bit more importance on it.
…also Dick apparently thinks that she’s married to her brother and not Karras, I’m crolling Marv pls I can’t believe an editor didn’t pick that up.
It matters to Dick that Kory married her brother, okay, he does not support incest.
not to be dramatic but this titanic-era leo dicaprio kid appealing to the female audience not just with the aforementioned description but also with his sweet innocence and castiel-like qualities is so wild for a show in its THIRTEENTH season. two episodes in, and i’m already thinking how they’re going to incorporate jack as a main character for the next thirteen seasons. how they’ll try to kill him off but inevitably they can’t bc the fandom has fallen too hard in love with him. how they’ll have to reduce his power bc he’ll make everything too easy for the winchesters. jack, and the actor who plays him, is a game changer the likes of which we haven’t seen since season four.
Prompted by @ask-tyrant and the Dark Mirror Month content that we’ve been seeing of late. Hats off to all involved.
I always admired “Tyrant” as a kid, obsessively reading through the BIONICLE guides and fleshing out the little world that I knew. I liked his build and I liked his rocket launcher. “Lurker” was always my favorite but “Tyrant” just always seemed the most easily-buildable and realistically compliant with the Metru era titan sets. I am proud to finally build him.
It’s time for an origin establishment! While many books did continue where they left off (including New Teen Titans), a lot of fact dropping and origin retellings happened as a lot of changes were happening to characters due to the Crisis.
So things like ages and backstories were lampshaded heavily, and origins were retold to establish them in the new continuity.
This is the first of Dick’s origins in Post-Crisis, superseding any information we had from Pre-Crisis where a contradiction occurs. It will not be the last, but later ones are considered retcons, while this one is more accurately an establishment of his Post-Crisis origin. Parts of it will be retconned very soon in Batman during Jason Todd’s new origin.
We open with Dick and Joey, after Dick chases a flying alien monkey into the sky for metaphorical and symbolism reasons. This takes place on Dick’s 20th birthday, so back around New Teen Titans 18 or 19. Dick and Joey are good friends and Joey is super sweet, so Dick’s going to tell him his entire origin.
So, uh, apparently ages 0-4 are when nets are appropriate for small children and one you’re 5 you’re old enough to endanger your life. Good to know. Personally, I now understand why young Dick Grayson wasn’t at all weirded out by his new guardian Bruce Wayne chucking him in front of guns.
In his Post-Crisis origin, Dick is confirmed to have just turned 10 when his parents die. A later retcon might make him even older, but this is the original Post-Crisis establishment and I believe the youngest Dick can be said to have been in Post-Crisis. So if you’re taking notes for continuity and fic purposes, 10 is the youngest you can go.
Note that this origin lampshades Dick’s temper and rage, implying it started here and that Bruce’s intervention and the origin of Robin is an outlet for that kind of rage.
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Robin’s debut was just before he turned 11, giving him a solid number of months just in training. Note that at this point Robin is a name that Batman came up with, not Dick himself. One thing later retcons loved to do with Bruce and Dick was really break their relationship and make things bad between them, even though the softer version of their break is honestly perfectly understandable and natural.
Despite their similarities, Dick really doesn’t want to be just like Bruce
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It’s a theme that Dick really doesn’t want to be like Bruce, and will get ridiculously defensive if his friends call him out for acting just like Bruce. He does at times deliberately do things because he’s trying not to become him. This tracker is for when attention is called to his attempts, no matter how successful or unsuccessful they end up being.
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Dick reaches the Titans, and from his retelling it’s apparent that Dick saw early on that being a leader and operating separately from Batman was something that fulfilled him. He values his friends and friendships a lot and even if we didn’t know that Dick was going to grow up and away from Bruce, we would suspect just from the way he talks about his time with them.
In this origin, Dick’s natural growth and independence is the reason that he and Bruce broke apart. Bruce’s expectations for Dick and the implications that Dick is his son and heir are very strong in the issue. 80s Batdad is also pretty strict and his reaction to Dick deciding that he wasn’t ready for college is, uh, pretty overbearing dad-like.
You’re underselling his reaction a little there, Dickie boy.
Dick basically says that he wasn’t ready for college, his focus was very much on Robin and because he didn’t need to get a degree and earn a living (Bruce has obviously set him up with money and Dick’s probably on his will as his heir at this point, lbr) he has no driving motivation to do it. Dick admits it freely himself, so it’s an interesting perspective on how growing up in Bruce’s household obviously impacted him. He recognizes that he’s fairly privileged and admits it freely. As someone who values his independence and freedom it’s given him the opportunity to do what he loves and remain untethered to things that would limit his freedom.
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As this is his first Post-Crisis origin, this tracker is to keep track of this strong theme and motivation where Dick places primary importance in his life on his independence and freedom, and actively resists being tethered down or someone attempting to override or decide things for him.
Dick lampshades that the Titans are his true calling. Working solo isn’t the be all and end all, it’s really working in a team environment. Dick is a natural leader and people person who gets fulfillment out of working with others, more than he ever would just running around solo. This is the basis of this character’s growth since Pre-Crisis and the popular flagship Titans runs. It’s is going to be an interesting contrast to see how later writers justify his relative isolation in his solo run in Bludhaven.
Anyway this is just very sweet and establishes Dick’s romance with Kory and the reason he’s in love with her, which has little to do with her stunning beauty and everything to do with how she lives life. I’m a little choked up. The New Teen Titans really did do a great romance between these two. Dick also hangs a lampshade once again on freedom, on a more metaphorical level, so this is also another example of:
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At this point Dick’s origin is a pretty standard re-telling of Pre-Crisis, with tweaks mostly to his age as opposed to actual events. Jason Todd’s origin is coming up very soon, where the Batwriters will slaughter Dick and Bruce’s relationship in the name of drama, as they apparently didn’t like the New Teen Titans’ version, which essentially boiled down to ‘Dick grew up’. Considering the mess that the Batwriters made, I wouldn’t consider their version an improvement.
i am currently in a heart attack with ebay. last night i bid on the wrong size actually. i did the UK size conversion kind of backwards… i actually need a size down. like, by 3 inches off, and i’m not paying for that much alteration on a dress this fancy. there’s 4 hours left of the bid and i’m waiting anxiously for the seller to contact me back… they stand to make MORE $$ off me actually, because i’m going to be buying shiloh’s dress from them too. tonight, if need be… so even though i like-woah max bidded on the initial dress, and the proper size (buy it now option) is cheaper, they’re still going to make twice as much had i just bought the one, which i’d then have to return. THIS IS MADDENING. BUT THESE DRESSES COMPLIMENT EACH OTHER PERFECT.
Slade Wilson targets the returned Wally West as part of an effort to resurrect his son Grant the original Ravage. The event is written jointly by Dan Abnett, Benjamin Percy, and Christopher Priest, and features art by Brett Booth, Khoi Pham, Carlo Pagulayan and Paul Pelletier. And It’ll only last the month of May! Ah DC events never lasting too long.
TITANS #11 Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND—Cover by MIKE McKONE—Variant cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND “THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part one! When Deathstroke discovers that Wally West’s return holds the key to bringing his son back from the dead, he’ll stop at nothing to do just that! Don’t miss the debut chapter of the epic crossover event that you’ve been waiting for! On sale MAY 10 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
TEEN TITANS #8 Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by KHOI PHAM and WADE VON GRAWBADGER—Cover by MIKE McKONE—Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ “THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part two! The Teen Titans collide with the Titans after both groups are targeted by the World’s Deadliest Assassin—Deathstroke! But when Robin interrogates Nightwing about his history with Deathstroke, dark secrets are revealed and alliances are broken! On sale MAY 17 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
DEATHSTROKE #19 Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by CARLO PAGULAYAN and JASON PAZ—Cover by MIKE McKONE—Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL “THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” part three! Will Slade succeed in reuniting with his son even at the risk of cataclysmic disaster? Or will the Titans and the Teen Titans be fast enough to stop him from changing the world as we know it? Find out what happens when the World’s Deadliest Assassin becomes the Fastest Man Alive! On sale MAY 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
TEEN TITANS ANNUAL: THE LAZARUS CONTRACT #1 Written by DAN ABNETT, BENJAMIN PERCY and CHRISTOPHER PRIEST—Art by PAUL PELLETIER—Cover by MIKE McKONE “THE LAZARUS CONTRACT” finale! The conclusion to our epic crossover is here, the consequences of which will be felt for years to come! What does the future hold for the Titans teams after this game-changing run-in with their greatest enemy? Find out here as we set the stage for the next era of Titans, Teen Titans and Deathstroke! On sale MAY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T