The New York Post broke the news this morning that Carrie Kelley, the female Robin first introduced in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, is set to make her New 52 debut in the pages of Batman & Robin #19 (originally branded “Batman and Red Robin”). On shelves next week, the issue sees the grieving Bruce teaming up with a new iteration of Carrie, introduced here as a friend of the late Damian Wayne. She can be seen in all her glory with the reveal of Patrick Gleason’s full gatefold cover.
As we’re all aware, though, covers can be misleading. Based on an interior image and Peter Tomasi’s own comments, it’s evident that Carrie’s new role is a little more complicated than new Robin status. While Tomasi stresses that it’s not a one-off stunt and that the character will be around for an extended period of time, she’s not Damian’s successor.
“It’s all real,” he said. “It’s all in continuity. It’s all part of the Batman universe in the here and now. Carrie Kelley has found her way into The New 52 and she’s here to stay – in what capacity is anybody’s guess – except mine of course.”
It all happens next week.