Discussion during last night’s recording session led me to think for the first time in a while about early episodes of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and the fact that Earth’s last, best hope came from 10th grade study hall. Zordon’s insistence on high-school-age soldiers is given a brief explanation in the pilot, but most kid/teen superheroes don’t even get so much as a hand wave. Bruce Wayne’s shortened timeline on the New 52 bring this into sharp focus, as he is clearly choosing to recruit Robins in their teen years. Interestingly, though he is a repeat offender on the child soldier front, Charles Xavier at least made an effort to keep the New Mutants off the battle lines and famously got called out by Kitty Pryde for attempting to sideline her due to her youth.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wonders if Frank Miller intended to so clearly depict All-Star Robin with Stockholm Syndrome, asking: Was Professor Xavier really a jerk for wanting to keep a 14-year-old out of mortal danger?