Robin the Boy Wonder will die — though not for the first time — on Wednesday following a pitched battle with a supervillain, according to the publishers of DC Comics.
The surprise death will appear in the latest issue of Batman Incorporated, one of DC’s various Batman-related titles, according to a story leaked earlier this week to the New York Post.
The 10-year-old superhero "saves the world," writer Grant Morrison told the newspaper. "He dies an absolute hero."
But comic books being what they are, this will not be Robin’s first death.
The current Robin — a.k.a. Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne — is simply the latest of several young, acrobatic lads who have fought alongside the Dark Knight.
One of his predecessors, the widely disliked Jason Todd, was killed off in the 1980s in response to a phone-in poll of fans. The original Robin, Dick Grayson, had quit a few years earlier, though he continues to move in superhero circles.
Robin was introduced in 1940, one year after Batman’s debut.
Whether Damian will stay dead — Todd was resurrected in 2005 — or whether Batman will hire a new partner remains to be seen.
"You can never say never in a comic book," said Morrison.