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Caveat: I see Tims everywhere

My memories of the movie are admittedly vague (and I didn't read the book), but wouldn't The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo be a good Tim Drake AU?

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Being reasonable sucks

Just went through fourteen out of seventy-four old issues of Gotham Knights, and in a Bruce-like display of nearly superhuman strength of will, I'm going to pace myself and read the rest during the week instead of staying awake and reading all of them. Which I could totally do, except that it'd throw off my schedule.

I have to keep reminding myself of that, because, if you never read them, Gotham Knights is gold. There's a lot batfam character and relationships studies — an understatement — but if I have to be honest with you, the main draw is often the Dick-and-Tim sideshow of absolutely ridiculous, sometimes wordless banter.

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I was going to say that although Tim during the whole "Bruce's not dead" Red Robin era (not the more recent insanity) is perhaps the archetypal expression of what I think he can be, I keep this Tim in my heart, because he's an earnest dork with a goofy sense of humor and I miss that.

But. While writing a bit more about Tim's search for Bruce (spoiler alert: Bruce wasn't dead), I suddenly realized something. Remember that awesome/awful birthday gift from Bruce in the form of a fake message from the future that made Tim question the sanity and morals of everybody he loved as a first step in the next stage of his training in detection? Tim's Bruce's not dead realization was very much close to that: a fragment of information out of time (in this case, paintings from the past) that he observed and deduced from in a way very few other people would've, regardless of their smarts, partly because Tim's a natural at this, and partly because Bruce helped him train in that way.

I don't know what I find more pleasing, the fact that what was arguably Tim's second legendary feat of detection (the first being of course figuring out Batman's identity) was so similar to that first lesson, or the irony that what he figured out was that the guy who had mocked him during for having bought the idea of time travel was indeed lost in time.

I don't think it was meant as a deliberate reference, but if it was, kudos.

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My babies

I miss Cass: she read and spoke in movement, she was bred and raised to be a weapon and instead chose to save lives, she knew the Bat and loved Steph.

And I miss Tim: he made himself a Detective because he loved Dick, he became Robin because somebody had to, he remained Robin because he didn't thought Tim would be loved.

And I miss Barbara: when the world tried to put her in a fridge, she made herself the world's most important hero.

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Rumour has it...

... TPTB have decided that DCnU-Tim Drake is going to never have been Robin.

I think this is a short-sighted move from them (assuming the rumour to be true), but, although Tim-Drake-as-Robin is probably second only to Bruce/Batman in terms of comics characters that hold personal meaning to me, I don't feel as slighted by the retcon as I initially thought I would be.

When you get right down to it, Tim Drake-as-things-other-than-Robin was probably around half of my overall fannish output, right? It's likely that they have also changed his personality in ways that would make me angry, should I read the material, but the change on his resume isn't, on itself, something that puts me off.

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Comic QOTW

I get a little OCD about things. Tim Drake, Red Robin #21.



(I didn't put it under a cut tag, as it's literally the first line of the comic. Let me know if I should anyway.)

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Going back to comics...

If you ever wanted to see Tim taking over Lexcorp and using their resources to bring Kon back to life (and there was a time when all of us wanted to see that), then Marvel is providing a very nice cross-universe analogue with Prince of Power #1, where an angsty teenage genius mythslaying billionaire (their words, not mine) is using the vast intellectual and material resources at his disposal to accomplish the most important thing in the world: bringing back his best friend.

Needless to say, highly recommended.
Title: Five Things Bruce Wouldn't Have Done, But Tim — as Batman — Did
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DC AU
Author Notes: This is a quite OOC, awfully self-serving piece of implausible, underplotted fic. I'm ashamed. But it was fun.



Five Things Bruce Wouldn't Have Done, But Tim ---as Batman--- DidCollapse )

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The road not taken

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A very rushed fic

Title: The surety of death's steps

Maybe Tim Drake would have noticed the Batman's erratic, self-destructive behavior after Jason's death, and approached Bruce Wayne on his own. Alfred didn't want to take the risk. He knew how much Bruce needed somebody like him.

.finis.

Fic: On a steel mirror (PG13, DCU)

Title: On a steel mirror
Rating: PG13
Fandom: DCU
Author notes: Spoilery for Teen Titans #51. You probably already know which scene.

Spoilery fic below the cutCollapse )

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