Tim Drake, the third Robin to accompany and ally with Batman's defense of Gotham City, has come out as bisexual in the latest issue of Batman: Urban Legends #6.
Naturally, story-specific spoilers will follow for the issue, so head out now if you'd like to experience the moment with no prior knowledge.
Sum of Our Parts is the product of writer Meghan Fitzmartin, artist Belén Ortega, colorist Alejandro Sánchez, and letterer Pat Brosseau, and sees Tim try to process the insecurities that weigh down his relationships. When he meets up with Bernard, a friend from school, Bernard is captured and intended to be a sacrifice by the Chaos Monsters. When the two reunite and defeat their enemies, Bernard explains that Tim is the reason why he realised that he was not heterosexual and that he understands who he is and what he wants thanks to that "lightbulb moment."
Tim then begins to see that, though he loved his girlfriend Stephanie deeply, he may also have an attraction to different genders. He visits Bernard at his home to state his feelings out loud, and when Bernard asks him on a date, he accepts.
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Fans are thrilled that the writers are exploring a new dimension to his character and that the story was treated with accuracy and empathy. "Tim Drake finally coming out is so inspiring," said @NebsGoodTakes on Twitter. "After years and years of campaigning from writers and fans it finally happened. A big thank you to Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega and Alejandro Sánchez for making this moment so beautiful." Anyone who's up in arms that Tim is "suddenly bisexual" for story reasons should be aware that bisexuality is a real thing and does not exist to advance a person's plot line. People live life and they realise new things about themselves. It happens. Chill.
Tim Drake finally coming out is so inspiring, DC never wanted a queer Robin but after years and years of campaigning from writers and fans it finally happened
A big thank you to Meghan Fitzmartin, Belén Ortega and Alejandro Sánchez for making this moment so beautiful :heart: pic.twitter.com/xb5YugEYd9
- Neb ' :flag_white:️:rainbow: (@NebsGoodTakes) August 10, 2021
Tim Drake is bi.
I'm honestly shocked they done did the thing but they did, and it's kind of fantastic. The story itself is gorgeous and fun but taking a pretty high profile character who fans have BEGGED to be queer for decades and doing it is
Just great pic.twitter.com/0eErQGe4Li
- Zoe! That's Me! (@Blankzilla) August 10, 2021
I know most of y'all don't follow comics but Tim Drake (aka Robin in Batman) just came out as bi and no i'm not crying, I promise pic.twitter.com/ef43sjsBDO
- Frederick (@notquitezennor) August 10, 2021
what a day :')
gn, everyone x pic.twitter.com/0g3Urbx9kN
- dimitri ³³³ / TIM DRAKE IS BI (@dianaTHEEprince) August 10, 2021
The response to the news is ever so wholesome and it's cheering to see fans celebrate the diversity of DC Comics. Robin will be played by Jay Lycurgo when the character is introduced into the cast of Titans in its third season, scheduled to premiere on HBO Max on August 12th.
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