I think I would recent anyone in the suit if they kill Damian.
Right now I'm pretty neutral toward Harper but I think it would be better if they introduce character that could make their own place, instead to be replacing others.
It doesn't have to be one or another. The Bat mythos is big enough for a Damien and a Steph, as well as a Cass, Bette and Harper. One of the things I liked pre-DCnU is each Bat character had carved out their own niche that highlighted all the types of stories you can tell with Bat characters. Batgirl/Steph was coming of age and some comedy, Batwoman deals with the esoteric and military (a wild, contrasting combo), etc.
I hope we get Spoiler back. And Cass whenever David Cain and the League of Assassins/Shadows rears its ugly head again. Kate and Bette should team up as a contrast to Batman and Robin.
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A possiblity, Damian dies or is near death and Talia al Ghul tries an ancient magic ritual to restore "Robin". Due to a mis-translation or misunderstanding of the spell, instead of returning Damian to health, the magic brings a version of Stephanie from another universe, during or shortly after she was Robin for a brief time there. Stephanie is initially as unhappy as everyone else about this, no way of returning her to her own world can be found and despite the fact that it is not his fault Bruce feels he must offer her a home until this changes.Stephanie proves her worth and gradually becomes Robin, or Damian does recover and she reverts to being Spoiler.
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Honestly if Damian dies I'd rather explore Harper Row as the new Robin over Stephanie. I like Stephanie, don't get me wrong, would love to see her again, but she didn't work as Robin before and I just don't think its worth going there again in the New 52. With Batgirl taken I'd rather simply wait for someone to reintroduce Spoiler at some point in the future.
As for Cassandra Cain I still stand by my belief that the character would work well in the New 52 setting as one with a non-Bat origin. Do something different with her...introduce her in Katana or something and make her a protege.
She didn't work as Robin because the whole thing was set-up for her death. Carrie Kelly is proof such a Robin would be perfect.
Harper Row would lose her novelty if she went from a street smart asset of Batman to another sidekick.
Fair enough guys. I'm not that astute in that area of history not only for Batman but all of DC as I was out of the loop around then, so I wasn't aware it was the plan all along to kill off Steph. I thought it was a knee-jerk reaction after the move proved unpopular or something.
Reaction to her being Robin was actually very positive. The only high profile negative reactions at the time that I have come across were people who were suspicious that DC was not serious about it and would end up doing what they ultimately did. It was far less controversial than her becoming Batgirl, or being replaced as Batgirl. Sales of Robin also spiked higher than they'd been in years. In fact every issue of other series she appeared in as Robin saw significant sales spikes for those issues. I'd say that DC made a long term sales blunder in not being serious about making her Robin and lost their best chance to have Robin sell 10k more per month for several years and to turn Steph into a character as marketable as Tim or Jason.
The main problem with her time as Robin is they tried to have it both ways, that she was both good and a failure, and the result was that after 5 issues where she saved Batman twice and Cass once they had Batman fire her for doing the exact same thing Tim or Dick did have done in the exact same situation. So rather than her own failures causing her time as Robin to be cut short it ends up being that Batman never wanted her to be Robin and was looking for any excuse to get rid of her.
@sun: Batman's entire point for hiring Steph was so that he could get Tim off the proverbial bench, because Tim had quit because his father told him to, and he actually obeyed.
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For the topic, absolutely not. Damian shouldn't die. He should survive so we get more hilarious interactions with Steph. He should join a Teen Titans-esque team with her as his babysitter for instant win.
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