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Aw man Pete Woods leaves DC. I will always love his Tim Drake and his work on Robin (at 50+ issues, he was the longest artist to stay on Tim’s solo). Wishing him all the best for his future endeavors :’)
Quick Pete Woods Appreciation Post!
Katana gets her own book and a role in a cartoon. UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE CASS AND STEPH ARE IN LIMBO.
Batwing gets a book. UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE CASS AND STEPH ARE IN LIMBO.
Carrie Kelly becomes canon. UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE CASS AND STEPH ARE IN LIMBO.
Harper Row exists. UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE CASS AND STEPH ARE IN LIMBO.
Anything good happens to any other fictional character. UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE CASS AND STEPH ARE IN LIMBO.
Someone breathes. UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE CASS AND STEPH ARE IN LIMBO.
I love Cass. I love Stef. Not everything is about them.
^This. Believe me guys, I hate how DC’s treated Cass and Steph and I really wish they could come back.
But you know whose fault that is? The fault of Those Idiots in Charge who are refusing to let them come back, to the point of turning down well-respected and successful writers who have begged to be allowed to use them.
You know whose fault it isn’t? The fault of other fictional characters, who have no say in this at all. At least they’ll have a chance to shine, hopefully, even in Cass and Steph don’t. In my book, that’s a good thing.
All this talk about Steph being Tim’s Robin is so enlightening to me. Like, everything falls into place now. Why they worked so well together, why their partnership was so great even though they weren’t really equals.
Tim/Steph are basically a romantic version of Batman and Robin, deconstructed into a teenage relationship.
Really? I have to say, I really dislike the comparison. And I felt the same way when Bryan Q. Miller made the same comparison with Clark and Lois.
Because here’s the thing: Two people in a romantic relationship should be equals. And Batman and Robin are very fundamentally not equals. Bruce does treat his Robins with respect (depending on how much of a Batjerk he’s being written as, of course), but the power is unquestionably his and not theirs. I’ve spoken in the past, in fact, about how the implications of that really bother me when it comes to Dick/Bruce as a romantic ship. The Batman/Robin dynamic is arguably unhealthy enough even as a mentor/student relationship, but translated into a romantic relationship? It’s downright abusive.
And when people talk about Steph being “Tim’s Robin”, whether they mean to or not I think they’re calling attention to one of the most unappealing aspects of the Tim/Steph ship: That, perhaps, Tim had more power than he should have in this relationship. That he didn’t always treat Steph as an equal partner. And that’s not a good thing about them as a couple.
And here’s the thing: Steph ISN’T Tim’s “sidekick”. She’s a separate hero in her own right, and she should have been treated as such even back in her Spoiler days. The fact that she wasn’t always is a flaw of the narrative, and the fact that Tim didn’t always relate to her that way is a flaw of his.
And I think that’s true even if they’d just been friends, frankly. But especially if you’re talking about a romantic relationship. Because a romance where the two people are not equals - where one is treated as the “sidekick” of the other - is a deeply unhealthy thing, and I don’t consider it a compliment to refer to a ship in those terms. For Tim and Steph to work as a couple, they need to be on equal footing. Period.
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