Thursday, November 29, 2012

Boy Wonder

Okay this is probably the last one of these, at least for awhile. Redesigning these characters has been a great creative exercise, but I really should be pouring more of this energy into the book I'm currently chipping away at.

So here he is, Batman's secret weapon, his ace-in-the-hole, Robin the Boy Wonder:

How can the Batman cause the lights to go out over a city block just when it is most convenient? How does he know the whereabouts of high profile criminals from miles away? Why does he never show up on film, even when those standing around him do? Why does nearly all technology seem to bend to suit Bruce Wayne’s needs?

The answer is Robin, the “Boy Wonder.” A mysterious hacker-savant who just appeared in the cave below Wayne Manor one day and, without a word of explanation, began building a very powerful computer, and using it to do the most amazing things...

Bruce still doesn’t have any idea who the boy is or where he came from.

The boy calls himself “Robin” and Batman doesn’t trust him at all.


A couple notes on this Robin:

1. This is not Dick Grayson.

2. Hacking is a funny trope these days, with characters using the “power of hack” to do all sorts of crazy impossible stuff. This kid probably has a strange technological meta-ability similar to Gary’s ability on Alphas. So it’s computer-magic. I even had this thought that the laptop he carries might just be a prop.

3. Probably this strange kid will eventually break away from Batman and become Oracle.

Oh, and we have another poem from Mr. Riley! This one is called Zeroing In.


Niall said...

Ben, your redesign of the Justice League is the best! If DC doesn't give you the gig, they are fools! I want to read this series so bad :)

Jill said...

You're art work is so incredible. I'm always drawn to it!

Gaelen Mibeck said...

Boy Wonder... or perhaps Nerd Enigma?

That is the coolest hooded sweatshirt I have ever seen.

Mary MacArthur said...

Is it Jason Todd? He's got a red hood, and becoming Oracle generally results from being attacked by the Joker... eh, eh?

Melicia said...

This is a good one, a real side-kick for a modern Batman!

Alex VanArsdale said...

Robin has to be using a macbook pro to do all that stuff without crashing!

Great Concepts Ben!

Andrew R said...

I love catching up with Project Rooftop and LOVED your interpretation of the Justice League.

This is easily my favorite of the ones that you've done.

The only thing that I would change would be to have Robin as an agent of the Oracle rather than an early Oracle.

The design is very street urchin to me and my mind always goes to Oliver Twist when I think urchin. A morally ambiguous Oracle as ringleader of a legion of hackers (the birds of prey as in the shadows team influencing events in the background could be so delightfully awesome).

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Andrew! I enjoyed doing the whole series, but this Robin was one of my faves.

I wish I had time to do another set of heroes. Maybe one of these days...

Ben Hatke said...

Also its fun to think of the dysfunctional bat-family more actively working against each other.

Marcus said...

These guys would make an amazing series. Fanfic please!

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