Issue No. 8 of the “Batman Incorporated,” will see Robin The Boy Wonder – otherwise known as Damien Wayne – die in a blaze of glory. And anyone annoyed with us, and thinks this is a spoiler, the comic book has the words R.I.P. written on the front, with the R replaced with Robin’s embalm. If you don’t get it from that, you’ve no business reading DC comics.

“He saves the world. He does his job as Robin,” writer Grant Morrison told The New York Post. “He dies an absolute hero.” The pint-sized hero dies at the hands of a ‘hulking assassin’, and Batman doesn’t arrive soon enough. “It’s all about the family and the family going to hell,” said Morrison. “The two adults in the story are both culpable. The kid’s the good guy.” The character of Robin, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Dark Knight Rises, only dies in Batman Incorporated, but the effects will be felt in the DC Comics universe. This plotline, asserts Morrison, was part of Robin’s character arc. “What we did was turn this little monster into a superhero,” he said. “He’s a little brat, but he’s a super-brat.”

An essay posted on the official DC comics blog page, further explains the thinking behind the demise of Robin. "In many ways this has been Damian's story as much as it has been the story of Bruce Wayne and it's a story that had its end planned a long time ago — for what son could ever hope to replace a father like Batman, who never dies?" Morrison wrote. So will this be the end or Batman’s sidekick days? Or will he find another intern… “You can never say never in a comic book . . . Batman will ultimately always have a partner.”