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A Cosmic DC Villain Dreams of Becoming Batman's 'Favorite Robin'

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for Justice League #20, by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez and Tom Napolitano, on sale March 20.

On March 20, Justice League #20 arrives from DC, and if CBR’s exclusive preview is any indication, things are poised to take a turn for the weird.

After a brief taste of the Justice League’s encounter with its sixth dimension counterpart, we see Batman chasing down Deathstroke on a Gotham City rooftop before losing his breath and calling out to Robin for help. Except it isn’t any of the Robins one would expect that answers the Caped Crusader’s call to action.

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“On it, Dad!” shouts Jarro, who’s sporting a Robin costume of his very own. He then lands smack dab on the face of Deathstroke and takes the villain down with ease, much to the approval of his “father.”

“Haha! Good one, son,” Batman says. “That’s why you’re my favorite Robin ever.”

Jarro, of course, is one of the fragments of longtime Justice League villain Starro, who was torn apart by the Omega Titans in Justice League: No Justice. However, in Justice League #10, it was revealed that the newly dubbed “Jarro” (named because it was simply Starro in a jar) was working alongside the League – specifically Batman, whom – in Issue #11 – he began referring to as “Dad.”

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Now, considering our lead-in to the Jarro/Robin scene in Justice League #20 is a caption box from the previous page that reads, “…it’s a dream come true,” it’s safe to say we’re witnessing just that: a dream. Still, given the number of sidekicks Batman has had in his 80-year history, who’s to say there isn’t room for an adorable telepathic starfish in the Bat-family somewhere down the road?

Here is DC’s full synopsis for the issue:

“The Sixth Dimension” part two! The Leaguers come face to face with their future selves in the Sixth Dimension and explore the path that lies before them. Meanwhile, Superman is trapped on a world with no light and hundreds of dead Supermen! Can the Man of Steel escape before his powers completely disappear? To do that, he’ll need to learn who captured him!

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Justice League #20, by Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez, goes on sale March 20, from DC.

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