I can see it now… The first time Tim slips and mentions Ra’s around his mother, or his mother finds out that the League is after Tim…
Janet asks him about Ra’s and/our the League in such a calm tone, but every sixth survival sense in Tim it waving red flags and signaling “ABORT! ABORT!”
He knows his mother is furious.
He suddenly wants the ground to swallow him up.
And he definitely does not wasn’t to be in Ra’s al Ghul’s shoes when his mother finds him.
He might even be pushed to call Slade Wilson himself to head off Janet at the pass.
"Deathstroke." Red Robin - a.k.a. Janie’s brat - does his best to sound like nothing at all, but Slade’s enhanced ears can hear how fast is heart is racing. "Is there any particular reason my mother would want to, ah, ‘choke Ra’s with his own withered dick’?"
A moment of silence as Slade’s brain pulled up memories of Janie’s short-lived romance with Talia al Ghul. “Fuck.”
After the mind-fuck of Tim’s sixteenth birthday, Bruce criticized Tim for believing in time travel. Fucking time travel, when one of his best friends is Bart. Who is from the 31st century.
Or - is he? Does Bruce know something he doesn’t? Is Bart lying to him? Is he hallucinating? Falling for some supervillains trick? If any of the Bats could turn, so could anyone else he knows. Maybe they already have. Maybe they were never on their side in the first place. How can Tim possibly know?
(Congratulations, Bruce. You just managed to break your sidekick. Good job, we’re all impressed.)
shows what you know when there are a lot of older dc comics that are super hard to track down. my bad, in that case.
but to be honest, i think my point still stands — he was still, what, 13 when he started being robin? that’s super young to be on your own as much as he was. think about that robin mini before his ongoing where he was traveling all over the world, think of that time when he must have been 14 and he had a crisis about whether or not he should be robin or not so he took off and wound up in paris — how long did it take jack to notice tim wasn’t around?.
That does make sense because I found myself asking where the hell Tim’s photography obsession was during Robin
Still, Tim was twelve to thirteen when he was pulling the crap he did in Death in the Family? Isn’t that tad bit suspect there?
Also when he went to Paris the first time, I believe Jack was comatose.
I’m pretty sure it’s not fanon, actually. In Batman #440, Tim is introduced taking pictures of batman, without Bruce noticing. And then there’s this panel:
That’s Tim’s collection of photos and headlines up there. Note the photo album - that’s a pretty big sign, if nothing else, he hasn’t starting taking those photos a few days ago. In another panel he has framed photos of Batman with Dick-Robin and Batman with Jason-Robin. So he’s taking those photos somehow, and that has to involve him leaving the house at night. Either he’s was sneaking out, or his parents/caretaker were letting him go out that late. If the former’s the case, that’s even worse parenting than missing him sneaking out.
The context is that Jack Drake has awoken from his coma, and tells Tim that he wants to make it up to him for not being the father he should have been.
One day I want to know what the hell the plan for Jack Drake was. He zig-zags between:
A. Being a total asshole (My son’s having trouble in school? I know, I’ll threaten to send him to boarding school in the place where his mom died!)
B. Behavior that’s actually good parenting and behavior that would be good parenting if it wasn’t in the context of him not parenting Tim for the first 13 years of his life (teaching him to drive, concern over his activities)
C. Acting in ways that forced Tim to take on a pseudo-parental role towards him, (after the company went bankrupt for one)
D. Moments of genuine selfless devotion and sacrifice (Captain Boomerang, enough said)
Did they even have a plan for Jack? Any actually defined lists or guidelines of ‘Jack is like X, his relationship with Tim is Y’? It’s one of the major relationships in Tim’s title, for crying out loud, you’d think they’d have some actual oversight or guidelines for this stuff.
What scans in particular do you find Tim averse to touch? I’m curious now. :)
It’s more things which I would do when I didn’t want skin-on-skin contact, which imply things to me that the writers probably didn’t intend. Wearing long sleeves/covering clothes, preference for hobbies that need periods of solitude, thrill-seeking, need for control over his space and time, (although that really only becomes a major thing towards the end of his series) stuff like that.
It’s not that my version of Tim is always touch-averse. He’s very tactile with people he likes, and when in familiar environments, he’s less likely to have ‘don’t touch me’ moments. But sometimes he just really doesn’t want to be touched, or to be touched in certain ways, and then out come the signals to people to please let him have his space.