Future State: Robin Eternal just broke Tim Drake thanks to some sinister fluid from Lazarus and if he survives the fight, he may never be the same again.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Future State: Robin Eternal # 2 by Meghan Fitzmartin, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas and Pat Brosseau, on sale now.
Future State: Robin Eternal has changed Tim Drake’s life forever into dystopian cyberpunk Gotham after he battled a Cyber and received a dose of Lazarus Resin. However, this possible future timeline has brought Tim back to life, fixing his broken neck, making him stronger, faster, and better.
Nevertheless, Future State: Robin Eternal Issue 2 reveals that while he is now a super soldier, the former Robin is not the same as before, and as a result he breaks like never before due to the mental effects of the serum.
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The Lazarus Pit messes with people’s minds, as seen with Jason Todd in his past resurrection, and ironically, as much as Tim rips apart all the Peacekeepers, he wonders if he, too, will have a damaged psyche. Interestingly, he’s losing parts of his humanity as he fights, with ghosts from the past like Two-Face, Nightwing, and Damian all telling him that he can’t measure up to Batman to save the city.
Interestingly, it is the shadow of the Dark Knight that haunts Tim, tormenting and making him feel inadequate about how he is going to have his loved ones killed, especially colleagues like Spoiler and Darcy. He wants him to fail and become a monster, remembering how he lost his own family years ago. However, Tim avoids the poison that runs through his veins, but he knows that time is running out.
When they confront the Peacekeepers, things get a bit more sinister as they reveal that it was all a setup. They needed a guinea pig to bathe in the resin and now their job is to bring Tim’s body in for dissection. This unleashes him like never before, but thankfully, while Spoiler is carried away, he can stop the rest without getting off the hinges and save Darcy.
However, they came up with a Hail Mary play to dump the resin convoy into Gotham Lake, as the organic fluid can render the synthetic material inert. That bit of contamination aside, when Tim gets involved with shipping, and it’s clear that this sacrifice must be made to keep the resin away from the Magistrate’s forces.
Robin has never been ripped apart like this, but for him, this heroic sacrifice is the light at the end of the tunnel. However, it is an open ending because when we see Tim’s hand in the water as the story ends, it is unclear if he is getting up or down to drown. Even if he emerges, it is unknown if he will still have the resin affecting him or if he has actually washed away and can repeat his duties as a mentally healthy watchman.
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