Traumatized by the death of Jason Todd, Batman puts himself through a grueling mission for retribution. Following the death of Todd, Batman became uncharacteristically reckless, jumping into situations without having thought through his course of action. By all accounts, the reader gets a very clear sense that Batman has a death wish.
Having deduced that Bruce Wayne and Batman are one in the same, a young Tim Drake, concerned about Batman’s safety reaches out to the former and first Boy Wonder and current Nightwing, Dick Grayson. Despite sharing in Tim’s concern, Dick is on his own now and has no interest in becoming Robin again.
A “Lonely Place of Dying” underscores the extreme intelligence that is required of Batman’s sidekicks, making the Dark Knights extended family so much more then just jacked meatheads looking to pound bad guys. It’s clear to all that Tim is a natural pick for the next Robin, although Tim has his own personal doubts. The reluctant hero take on the mantle of the Dark Knights sidekick, and trains to serve Batman and the citizens of Gotham City.
Throughout my childhood, Tim Drake, was the only Robin I knew. Of course, I was aware that Dick Grayson was the first Robin, and that a dude named Jason Todd had recently been Robin, but I missed both of them. All through my teen years and into my early twenties Tim Drake grew into the role of Robin, but he also became so much more then just Batman’s sidekick; Tim Drake would make Robin a hero in his own right earning the respect of the entire superhero community.