SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Robin vs. Ra’s al Ghul #1, by Tim Seeley, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Mick Gray, Jordie Bellaire, Otto Schmidt and Dave Sharpe, on sale now.
In just over one month's time, the Caped Crusader and the Felonious Feline – Batman and Catwoman – will be joined in holy Bat-Cat matrimony. However, even though Bruce and Selina have yet to tie the knot, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Robin vs. Ra’s al Ghul #1 gives us (and more importantly, Damian) a glimpse into the pair’s future with the introduction of their son… Well, sort of.
After Selina takes him to get fitted for his wedding thawb, Damian suits up in his Robin gear and makes his way to the arcade to take part in a little bit of after-hours Cheese Viking. As he descends from the ceiling, though, his rope is severed by a caped, whip-toting individual named Aion.
While the two exchange blows, Damian attempts to downplay Aion’s banter as a simple attempt to distract him, but one comment, in particular, piques Robin’s interest.
“From here until the end, I’ll be the only one originating from our shared origin,” Aion says. Then, he pulls back his cowl and we see that he not only bears a striking resemblance to Bruce but that he also has Selina’s bright-green eyes. “I’m the son of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.”
Of course, Damian refuses to believe Aion, and as he soon discovers, the person claiming to be his half-brother isn’t real, but rather a hallucination brought on by the prick of a poison-tipped needle from the tailor he had visited earlier in the evening. And, as the title of the issue implies, the man behind the attack on Damian’s psyche is none other than his grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul.
However, as quickly as he arrived, Ra’s suddenly disappears, leaving his grandson surrounded by broken arcade games and filled with a crippling sense of loneliness and self-doubt. Much to his relief, though, Selina later makes it clear to her soon-to-be stepson that she has no plans to have children, “no matter what Bruce’s opinion on the subject.”
Nevertheless, this is hardly the first time DC has teased some sort of threat to Damian’s destiny as “the one true heir to the mantle of the bat,” so even if it isn’t “Aion’s” doing, there’s still the possibility that Robin’s future could be in jeopardy. Thankfully, though, Selina promises Damian that she has his back, and, as she’s proved time and time again with Batman, there are few downsides to having Catwoman in your corner.