There’s some dispute about whether the number thirteen is lucky or unlucky. Since Fabian Nicieza didn’t get the chance to say what he wanted to say about Tim Drake when the adjective-less Robin series ended, it’s proving to be lucky for him because he’s getting another crack at the character with issue #13 of RED ROBIN. Straight from the Source comes news that he’ll be taking over the reigns from current writer Chris Yost and joining current artist Marcus To to tell more stories of the man who was once Batman’s third sidekick.
So speaks Mr. Nicieza…
“It feels great to be back on Red Robin for the first time! Having the opportunity to close out Tim Drake’s Robin series was bittersweet. He’s a character I’ve always wanted to write, but it was a tumultuous, dark time for him and I was writing the book knowing the series would end and evolve into Red Robin. I was reading Chris Yost’s first year on the series with jealous admiration in that he was doing a great job, getting to work with an excellent young artist in Marcus To and getting to move Tim through the darkness into a better place as a way of natural story evolution! To unexpectedly get the chance to come back at this time, with Tim Drake in a more positive place mentally, stepping into his own as a young adult and better prepared to develop his own distinctive approach to crimefighting — both in Gotham City and across the world — only means the hundreds of stories I’ve always wanted to tell with the character now number in the thousands! What lies ahead? Adventure, mystery, complex moral issues, an evolving rogue’s gallery specific to the character, romantic triangles (maybe quadrangles!), fun and humor all ripe for the picking! I can’t wait for readers to see this excellent character’s continuing development into something unique and special in the DC Universe!”
A love quadrangle, huh? Dare I say, that has a recipe for some acute emotional tension? Ha!
I’ve always been a fan of Nicezia. He did that Adventures of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty mini I keep telling you all about and he also did one of my favorite all-time Marvel runs when he was working with Mark Bagley and Patrick Zircher on Thunderbolts back in the day. I’d be curious to see if his approach to the character will differ from his approach on ROBIN itself. It’s a question of how much Drake has changed since he’s assumed this new mantle and how much he’s still the same character at the core.
But what do you think, oh mantle-assuming Comic Vine community? Are you excited to see Mr. Nicezia writing Tim Drake again? Or would you have hoped that Mr. Yost would remain on the title?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com .