Warning: Spoilers for Nightwing Annual #1 (2021) by DC Comics
DC has finally revealed the difference between Robin and Batman in a touching moment between Nightwing and Jason Todd. As we know, Batman has always operated with a sidekick and many characters have taken on the role over the years. Some of them are Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne, Tim Drake, and Stephani Brown. Each character has a different skill set and so is the relationship they share with the Caped Crusader. In the story starring Nightwing and the Red Hood, Dick Grayson reveals what it truly is to be Robin. Check it out.
Dick Grayson Reveals The True Difference Between Robin & Batman
In Nightwing Annual #1 – by Tom Taylor, Cian Tormey, Daniel HDR, Raul Fernandez, Rain Beredo, John Kalisz, and Wes Abbott – a part of the story takes place in the past. In the flashback, Grayson shows Jason what it is like to Robin. One fine day, Alfred calls Dick for help, tricking him into spending time with his replacement Robin. Dick learns that Batman benched Jason who wasn’t quite living up to the expectations and lent a listening ear to Jason. It is now when he tells Jason that there is more to being Robin than Batman can ever teach.
Nightwing tells Jason Robin needs to be talkative and be a distraction so that Batman can operate. Another important role he tells Jason is that he can provide comfort to the victims which “a dark knight in a Batsuit can’t.” Then, the flashback ends and Nightwing refers to Robin as “brothers” and Alfred smiles after listening to the two bonding, which is, of course, a warm moment.
Jason needed to be explained that being Robin is not just about being a sidekick to Batman, but so much more than that. Robin plays an important role in Batman’s adventure and be a helpful distraction to the dark knight and even provide comfort to the victims they encounter. This is something that Batman cannot do. Nightwing Annual #1 is now available in comic book stores.