Bad touch Batman!
Batman and Robin. There are countless homosexual innuendos that spring up surrounding this dynamic duo, everyone has heard them before. Sure it’s amusing, and some people prefer Batman without Robin because it prevents such awkward moments from cropping up in the comics. Personally I’m a big fan of a Batman with Robin, I like Batman to have that youthful counterpoint to his brooding aged pessimism. Generally Robin is a little more easy going and provides a bit of comic relief to the stark, grim nature of Batman. Of course that comparatively jovial tone can be over done, and when taken too far Robin becomes annoying. It all really depends on the writer, and which version of the Boy Wonder is being portrayed. Overall though I like to see the one two punch of Batman and Robin taking out a villain. The partnership creates the possibility for more complex story telling and allows the character of Batman to execute more dynamic crime fighting maneuvers.
Now, about this panel. I really don’t know what the hell is going on here, but this is one of the most awkward panels I have ever seen. I would like to thank David Tavolier for submitting today’s image. As soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect for Friday Funny Pages. There are several things that are disturbing about this. 1: Shirtless Robin. What was just going on here? 2: Batman in full gear. When you put Batman in his full costume in front of a shirtless boy it just gives off a creepy vibe. His costume ceases being a superhero disguise, and suddenly seems more like some kind of S&M suit. 3: Batman has “experience.” Hand on the shoulder, leaning in saying, “If you want to talk to someone who’s had experience in that area . . . ” Yikes! 4: Robin is peering into your soul. The Boy Wonder’s direct eye contact with the reader is unsettling. Is it perhaps a cry for help? 5: This image wasn’t questioned. I mean, come on! The artist drew this panel and didn’t think, Hmmmm this might come off wrong? I’m convinced they knew what they were drawing, they knew I needed a good Batman rape scene to go along with my Superman rape scene from a few weeks back. So thanks for that, and thanks for providing more fodder for the Batman/Robin gay joke extravaganza!
That is all!