WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Teen Titans Special #1 by Adam Glass, Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Sunny Gho and Rob Leigh, on sale now.
When it comes to sidekicks, the one with the highest profile in the DC Universe (if not the entire superhero world) would have to be Robin, the Boy Wonder. Of course, Dick Grayson was the first Robin and most popular of the group. Following Dick was Jason Todd, Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown, with Bruce Wayne's son, Damian Wayne, currently filling the role.
Even though Jason was a pretty controversial Robin (fans actually paid to call in and vote for DC to kill him in 1988), Damian had his share of naysayers when he was introduced in 2006. Oftentimes portrayed as brash and arrogant, Damian definitely rubbed some fans the wrong way, but he eventually started to win them over as his character grew to become a trusted member of the Batman family. Much of his success can be credited to working alongside Dick when he took up cape and cowl as Batman, while also teaming with his father as Bruce taught Damian his crimefighting principles.
Batman's number one rule when it comes to fighting crime is he will never, under any circumstances, take a life. There have been many examples where Batman would be forgiven for killing someone in his rogues gallery (we're looking at you, Joker), but the Dark Knight stays firm to his beliefs and resists the temptation to stoop to his enemies' level, and he expects his partners to do the same.
Though Damian was born and bred within the League of Assassins, he has adopted Batman's methods, even going on to lead the Teen Titans during DC's Rebirth era. But the recent events of the weekly Justice League: No Justice miniseries have had a big impact on Robin, causing him to make changes to the way he operates and leading to the formation of a new version of the Teen Titans, an incarnation consisting of both familiar and new faces.
Teen Titans Special #1 is a one-shot that focuses on the individual members of the team that fans will recognize from various DC titles -- Robin, Red Arrow and Kid Flash -- and is meant to transition from the previous iteration of the Teen Titans to the one Robin creates after No Justice. The three stories play out in the same manner, with the exception of how Robin's tale ends, which we'll get to shortly.