I’ve written extensively on why I believe comic book characters—and pop-culture in general—is like modern-day religion. As such, Change is usually tantamount to Heresy.
For over three decades, there has been a very complicated and “fated” relationship between the characters Robin the Boy Wonder and the Joker. And this is a relationship that seems to hinge on one particular character: Jason Todd.
Some of the last comic books I collected before my “Vertigo”/indie period (a.k.a. “mainstream comics suck” phase) was the “A Lonely Place Of Dying” arc that ran through Batman and New Titans in 1989. This was the storyline that re-introduced Robin to the DC universe, in the form of bristle-haired Tim Drake.
And I heartily apologize to all Tim Drake fans when I say: he is absolutely dreadful in this arc. In fact, he out-Wesleys Wesley Crusher.