This month, DC is launching gatefold covers with all of their books. The inside half, which is hidden from the user until the open the book, generally has a little bit of a surprise as to what’s going on within the issue. The gatefold cover to issue 19 of Batman and Robin which kind of teases who the next Robin is/may be. And it’s actually a surprising choice. Now, before you read on, this is a major teaser/spoiler alert. I`m not usually a fan myself of getting major story plots released in advance of the book, but this one is done in such a way that you learn nothing of the story but simply your interest is whetted.
The potential new Robin is not one of the previous Robins within the New 52 Batman titles: it’s not Dick, it’s not Jason, it’s not Tim and it’s definitely not Damian. And no, it’s not Stephanie “Spoiler” Brown either (as that would be kind of obvious but kinda cool). No, the gatefold cover teases that it may be someone we’ve met before in a Batman book, but not any of the current Bat-books. Meaning, this is the first appearance of this character within the New 52…
For those who are not familiar with Carrie Kelley, she has been Robin before… but in the future… kind of. Carrie donned the mantle of Robin within the pages of Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight Returns series. Carrie was a character who helped Batman out in a very dark future for Gotham City, being run by a number of gangs who ran the streets. In a future story, Batman had retired and had not donned the cowl in a number of years. When the darkness became too much for him to bear, he shaved and that made him able to wear the cape again. During that activity, the legend inspired Ms. Kelley in putting her own colorful cape on and joining in, helping Batman take down/over the gangs and turn them into his own private army, with Carrie/Robin as his right hand.
What this return of Carrie Kelley means is anyone’s guess, but I’ll be posting some personal thoughts elsewhere on this site in the next few days. The cover poses the question of “Is the Dark Knight’s new partner Carrie Kelley?” It could be, or it just could be an incredibly good story. But we want to know your thoughts – what do you think about the introduction of Carey Kelley into the mainstream DCU?