Robin Refreshed: Meghan Fitzmartin on Tim Drake’s New Status Quo

For the primary time since 2011, Tim Drake is starring in his personal ongoing collection. Tim Drake: Robin follows the following part of the Boy Wonder’s life as he finds a brand new house, faces new enemies and navigates his new love life. Meghan Fitzmartin, who started Tim’s daring new path within the pages of Batman: Urban Legends, can be joined by penciler Riley Rossmo because the artistic duo chronicle the following chapter of Robin’s life. We lately had an opportunity to talk with Fitzmartin, who answered some burning questions, teased some upcoming developments, and shared her love for all issues Drake.

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen Tim Drake because the protagonist in his personal ongoing collection and fandom has a variety of questions on him. For instance, the place is he residing?

On a ship.

Tim WOULD dwell on a ship.

I do know, it is really sort of excellent. This is type of pulled from life as a result of generally I dwell on a ship. I believe that it is such an attention-grabbing house, and the extra that I used to be interested by poor Tim, the extra I used to be like, yeah, this makes a lot sense for Tim to dwell on a homicide shack boat, which is what we have type of lovingly been calling it. Riley Rossmo has accomplished such an incredible job with the design of it. Tim has been residing on a ship—he is obtained his personal place. We’ve not seen a marina in Gotham, nevertheless it is sensible that there could be a marina as a result of it is surrounded by water.

It seems like it could be the setting for a remaining battle on Batman: The Animated Series or one thing.

But these had been all the time on the docks. This is a marina the place the weirdos of society dwell. Marina individuals are among the most attention-grabbing, great those who you do not actually ever get to see.

Oh my god, Tim goes to have yacht buddies.

A yacht is sweet. I mentioned it was a homicide shed, only a reminder. (laughs) There are boats the place it seems to be like a shed was glued to a rowboat. It was actually enjoyable after I was speaking to my editor about developing with this marina house. It’s enjoyable to discover a special a part of Gotham with Tim and making this house his personal.

Which model of Tim’s backstory are we utilizing? The New 52 established that his mother and father had been alive within the witness safety program, nevertheless it looks as if we’re going again to him being an orphan. What’s the standing of Tim’s mother and father?

They’re not alive. We have sufficient historical past with the mother and father. They are not with us, and he’s adopted by Bruce. That is the timeline at current.

Last 12 months you electrified fandom together with your Batman: Urban Legends storyline which had Tim discover some questions on his sexuality. What made you select Bernard for that storyline, versus one in every of Tim’s different buddies like Ives, or an authentic character? Did one thing in these outdated Bernard subplot pages soar out at you?

Yeah, I wished it to be any individual from his background. I did not need it to be an authentic character. I keep in mind these comics. I keep in mind studying them after I was a child and the way impactful that was to me. I like these runs. I like having the ability to see Bernard and Tim in these instances and areas, and so to type of give a brand new tint to what was going on there’s actually attention-grabbing—having the ability to take a look at the canon and go, “So this is what was happening, but we didn’t have this information, or this shading.” That was actually enjoyable. Bernard got here to me as a result of he was a personality that felt appropriate after I was interested by who it could be. He was a personality that was expensive to my coronary heart and it was enjoyable to have the ability to carry him again.

Going via his appearances in the course of the Bill Willingham Robin run, I used to be shocked to see all of the hints to Bernard’s sexuality…

Like I mentioned, there’s a lot that you may return to and go, “Oh, okay, that’s why.”

…like in Robin #122, Bernard threatens to sneak into Tim’s room at night time to certain and gag him.

He was in a ache cult…so I imply…

Continuity!

I believe the best way that I write and the best way that I have a tendency to maneuver via story is thru emotions, and I type of examine that feeling after which it results in the remainder of it. So right here it was like, “I think it’s Bernard.” And then the extra that I went into it, I used to be like, “Yeah, it’s Bernard!”

Will there be some other deep cuts from Tim’s historical past in your run?

I believe proper now I’m targeted on the current and shifting ahead with Tim. I believe it was actually necessary to lean into the deep cuts for the Urban Legends stuff as a result of I believe that was about id. That was about Tim’s particular understanding of himself, and the best way that we perceive ourselves is we return in our personal historical past. That was why I believe it was necessary for me to have somebody like Bernard, somebody from his previous that he was connecting with. Now shifting ahead, desirous to create new areas for him, and new villains, and new adventures is extra of the precedence now that he is sort of understood his previous and understood who he’s within the current.

How does Bernard match into this new current, and what sort of relationship will he and Tim have?

I imply, each hero wants a damsel and Bernard is an ideal damsel. I positively wish to have Bernard round. I believe it is necessary for him to be round. I believe it is necessary too for Tim, to type of push the query inside himself, which is, given his monitor document and relationship, it is not been nice and I believe Tim actually desires this to go nicely. I believe that is actually necessary to Tim. He’s all of us in these moments in relationships, the place we’re like, “I think this is really good, but I have messed this up many times before.”

I do not assume that he’s going to mess issues up once more, however I believe he is frightened about that. I believe that will get in the best way of the connection with Bernard generally. Bernard is like, “I’m just happy that we’re here. This is a fun time. I think that you’re great. I’m not worried.” I’ve talked to my editor and I do not wish to play the “what is your secret identity?” factor, however I do not need Bernard to know but, so we’re residing in that house.

We’re not doing the drama of “you left our date to fight crime” or different stuff we see from teenage heroes?

Exactly! We’re not doing that. I believe Bernard is a really understanding one who is like, “This is fine, whatever, I trust you, I love you, whatever this is, I’m fine with it.” I believe Tim is extra like, “WHAT?! What does that mean? Does he hate me?” And Bernard is like, “At no point did I say any of those words.”

I believe that is type of the conundrum that we’re dealing with proper now with Tim and Bernard. Tim continues to be attempting to settle into the truth that that is secure and that is good.

During the DC Pride: Tim Drake Special #1, there’s a second the place Tim and Conner Kent are holding arms. So, the query is, are you attempting to electrocute Twitter?

(laughs) I imply, who would not love setting a hearth underneath Twitter? That’s positively one thing that I’ve heard about and am conscious of and it is going to be extra of a dialogue level in later problems with sure comedian manufacturers which might be occurring proper now.

That’s going to be the road that everybody screencaps and places on Twitter. You talked about new enemies. What sort of enemies are we speaking about?

Tim Drake at his core is a detective. Every detective wants a Moriarty. I believe that is type of what we’re going for proper now.

What are the dynamics of sharing the Robin title with Damian?

Damian resides his greatest life. Well, it is not his greatest life. He’s residing his life proper now and it’s a catastrophe another way than Tim’s is a catastrophe. I believe that is a part of the query that Tim is presently dealing with—he is the Robin who’s held the title for the longest, so what does that imply for him? What are the following steps for him? Are there subsequent steps for him? Should he keep or ought to he go, like the best way that the track goes?

It is a query I believe that he’s having to face with himself. And that is a part of the id search that I believe he is going via. Now that I’ve realized these items of who I’m, how do I transfer ahead? What do I do now? I believe that’s the core of this specific run of Tim Drake. I’ve some concepts on the place I wish to take it, however finally, I’m very feelings-led and I’m very Tim-led. And so, a part of that’s simply feeling out what Tim desires and the way he will get there.

The character sort of dictates the story.

Yeah, completely!  He’s such a particular character to so many individuals, however particularly to me. He’s so necessary to me, and so the best way wherein I wish to honor him is by letting him type of run the story. Sometimes he wants some assist and so generally, we assist him lots. Ultimately, I believe feeling out what the character is doing and wanting and shifting in that path is the easiest way of going about it.

You’re additionally writing Dark Crisis: Young Justice, which has reunited Tim together with his Young Justice teammates. Will they be stopping by the collection to verify on their pal?

That is a query of the place they’re all going to finish up on the finish of Dark Crisis: Young Justice. Where we’re at proper now with them is that they are buddies, however there are some fractures blooming and the query can be, what’s Young Justice going to appear to be by the top of this? I believe we have all been via these friendships, the place we have been buddies with somebody for ceaselessly, however we’ve not actually touched base with them shortly.

Tim Drake: Robin #1 by Meghan Fitzmartin, Riley Rossmo and Lee Loughridge is now out there in print and as a digital comedian guide.

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