Bruce dies instead of his children and they carry on his legacy like children are supposed to instead of dying for the purpose of adding to his man angst as if he needs more man angst
Dick: Good god, he made a joke.
Bruce: Be quiet.
Dick: Yes, sir.
Batman - issue #650
I’m not talking about killing Cobblepot and Scarecrow or Clayface. Not Riddler or Dent…I’m talking about him. Just him. And doing it because…because he took me away from you.
Did you really expect Damian and Tim to have met any other way? Theirs is a rivalry founded on misinformation (on Damian’s part) and annoyance (on Tim’s) that evolves into genuine hated, dislike, and then begrudging acceptance. What I love most about their rivalry is the way it grows and changes as they do. Writers aren’t afraid to change up their dynamic slightly in the name of character growth, and that’s something that’s all too rare in comics.
Anyway, their relationship starts off well enough, and then Damian opens his mouth. “Don’t patronize me or I’ll break your face” is still one of my favorite Damian quotes.
Bruce sees this as a problem instantly, so he works fast to separate the two boys. The damage on Damian’s side is already done. In his eyes he’s chosen the “fake” son over him, and all it does is make him angry. He had some sort of specific scenario of how hanging with daddy was going to go, and this is so far off course from it it’s fallen off a cliff. The reality of living with Bruce is starting to set in and it sucks. This also shows his habit of becoming chlidlike the more he hates something is a trait he’s had for a while.
Also, Damian re:slang—he’s always used it, further proving my theory that he just doesn’t want to.
Just one thing I feel I should mention about this is in this blog, Damian is my focus. This means that when I look at things, I do it from Damian’s perspective. This is important to note because as I delve deeper into Tim and Damian’s relationship it might appear like I’m ignoring or disregarding Tim’s side. I’m not, really. Neither boy is in the wrong. Tim gets screwed over. A lot. But this is a Damian blog.
(Source: Batman 657/”Batman and Son” Part 3)
Surprise, surprise, Bruce isn’t please with what Damian’s done. If Damian geninely had a clue, he would know this. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear at this point that Damian isn’t just some bratty angry ninja kid with an ego the size of Russia…. he’s a ridiculously sheltered and emotionally stunted bratty angry ninja kid with an ego the size of Russia.
Everything that sounded like mere bravado before suddenly turns pitiful as Damian slowly begins to realize that Bruce isn’t playing hard to get, that Damian genuinely let Bruce down. And the worst part of it all is that he honestly doesn’t understand why.
He’s no longer yelling about the League to boast about how powerful he is, he’s just trying to explain to Bruce the thought behind his actions. The unspoken “you understand why I did what I did now, right?” Is almost palpable in those last few panels as he screams for Bruce’s attention, only to be ignored.
Damian’s possibly realizing, for the first time, that no one has ever truly gotten to understand him. Sure, the League humors him, but everyone humors the bosses kid, especially when the boss can kill them, And as Bruce is the first person to show genuine kindness, the little wheels are turning as he tries to figure out a way to gain approval in a way Bruce would approve.
(Source: Batman 658/”Batman and Son” Part 4)
So I loved the ending to KnightsEnd. Bruce doesn’t shirk the blame for Jean-Paul’s actions as Batman. He takes full responsibility because he realizes in making him his successor, he is at fault as well. He even goes as far as to let him go free and forgive him for soiling the mantle of the Bat. These writers did a great job with Bruce’s character, in my opinion.
This comic reminded me just how much I love Dick Grayson. BABBUS.
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