The Bat-Family Puts Batman on Trial in Detective Comics - But Why?


SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Detective Comics #975 by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez, on sale now.

After taking decisive action against one of her fellow Gotham Knights two issues ago, and facing the consequences of her actions last issue, Batwoman is put on trial by her peers in Detective Comics #975. James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez "The Trial of Batwoman" features the Knights convening around the figurative round table to pass judgment on their colleague.

But while Batman is seeking the opinions of five of his apprentices, it turns out that Batwoman isn't the only person that some of the Bat-family have concerns over.

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Red Robin, Damian Wayne, Nightwing, Red Hood and Batgirl each have their own thoughts regarding Kate, but if Batman was hoping for any kind of consensus, he doesn't get it. The team's notions regarding Batwoman are not only varied, but Batman finds himself on trial as well – undoubtedly unexpected by him while putting his "jury" together.

The Former Robins Pass Judgment

Tim Drake leads off, citing his unique perspective. Tim notes that he's the only member present to join the team for reasons not born out of tragedy. In fact, as longtime fans know, Tim became Robin to save Batman from darkness that was consuming him. Tim then cites that, in turn, Batman and Robin historically have made the lives of others better – but that Batwoman's deed did not further that end. Tim's words effectively condemn her actions.

Dick Grayson goes next, but takes a more moderate stand. Dick is willing to give Kate the benefit of the doubt, believing that she honestly saw no other options. He stops short of giving her a pass, though, feeling that she can eventually earn her way back on the team, but not until she can regain their trust. Dick adds that had it been he who had committed such an act, he imagined he would be facing repercussions of some kind. While giving her a more sympathetic view, Dick isn't ready to welcome her back just, either.

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Dick then yields the floor to Damian, but the current Robin has no opinion to offer. Instead, he behaves exactly how one might expect a normal child to behave during such adult proceedings – scoffing at the discussion, and instead offering up the unrelated notion that none of the others present can rightfully call themselves "family." Damian's flippant statement, ironically, serves as the first voice that serves no condemnation of Kate.

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