In Future State: Robin Eternal # 2, Tim Drake receives the same offer to prevent a horrible tragedy as Anakin Skywalker, but Tim resists.
Warning! Possible spoilers for Future State: Robin Eternal # 2 by Meghan Fitzmartin and Eddy Barrows!
Everybody likes to mess around Robin. It’s the best that you can do. So it might surprise fans to see that the comics make any version of Robin stronger than Star Wars’ Chosen one. And yet DC’s Robin Future state, Tim Drake, pass a test that Anakin Skywalker, aka Darth Vader, fails. Both characters could have shared a common insecurity that an outside force tried to exploit during a time when they were both very vulnerable, but the difference is that Robin doesn’t give up, while Anakin does.
Before his eventual redemption, Anakin’s story was tragic. It was prophesied that he would be the Chosen One, but he eventually succumbs to the Dark Side of the Force. One of the many factors influencing Anakin’s descent is his fear of losing his beloved Padmé, a fear that is exacerbated by the visions plaguing his dreams that predict his death. Anakin becomes so obsessed with saving her that Chancellor Palpatine feels compelled to plant the seed in her mind about the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise that could prevent his loved ones from dying. Later, when Jedi Master Mace Windu nearly murdered Palpatine, Anakin can’t think of any other option but to kill him so that he doesn’t lose the only person who could help him save Padme. As Anakin pleads, “I need it.“
Click the button below to start this article in quick view.
Tim Drake as Robin faces a similar situation in Future state: Eternal Robin # 2 written by Meghan Fitzmartin with art by Eddy Barrows. In the previous issue, Robin ingested Lazarus Resin, an experimental substance that the Magistrate has just started using to make his Cybers indestructible. The problem is, it has some unfortunate side effects for humans. At first, the resin seems to imbue Robin with incredible powers while making him feel invincible. But he is soon overwhelmed by feelings of intense insecurity that manifest themselves in the form of a Batman-like shadow.
When facing Peacemaker-13, Robin is obviously still struggling, especially from the way he reacts when his fellow Spoiler and Darcy are captured. The Advantageous Peacemaker seems to realize this and tries to exploit the fear that so obviously permeates Robin’s thoughts by putting Darcy in a strangulation and saying: “You want what the magistrate wants: protect. Join Peacekeeper-01 and you can protect your loved ones. “But instead of succumbing to his fear like Anakin does, Robin hits the Peacemaker dead.
Some might say that both situations are incongruous as Tim Drake does not have a romantic relationship with Darcy while Anakin had married Padme. But it’s important to remember that he has a complicated relationship with Spoiler, who was previously captured in the issue. So it’s obvious that Robin he experiences feelings similar to Anakin’s, all while under the influence. And yet, he is still able to overcome the tempting offer to join the enemy, even if he could save his friends and loved ones, unlike Anakin Skywalker.
Next: Justice League: Why Joker Could Be Batman’s Ally In The Snyder Cut
Wolverine’s son has the worst secret superpower