Talking Robin earlier that week reminded me of the time he was killed for a minute, then resurrected from the dead (which made me  a little bit happy, since I kind of like the kid.)  Of course, fans of Donna Troy, Stephanie Brown and Dick Grayson will tell you, DC’s historical treatment of its teen hero characters has more than a few black marks on it, since the list of deceased Titans and Legionnaires is actually longer than the complete rosters of many super-teams.  Probably the best case in point for me is the story of Kon-El, who started strong, went downhill when Geoff Johns had the great idea to make half his clone DNA come from Lex Luthor, leading to the New 52 Superboy being pretty much an amoral jerk in a unitard.  The response to that can be summed up in the fact that he immediately died and disappeared for several years.  Sure, he’s back in the pages of ‘Young Justice’’, but it’s still a shame, especially given that his cool leather jacket was one of the few 90s coats that really worked, making the Metropolis Kid my fave-rave teen hero of recent years, and leading to today’s junior varsity query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have voted Wally West, but for me, he’ll always The Flash, having successfully shed his partner/sidekick mantle for good, no matter how many reboots the universe goes through, asking: Who’s the coolest younger partner, sidekick or teen hero of all?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    It’s a toss-up between Tim Drake (Robin) and Virgil Hawkins (Static). But in the spirit of the question, I think I’ll give the edge to the one who excels as a partner and sidekick, Tim.

  2. Malone_hasco on

    Kitty, for first 10 years or so. She was cool afterwards but not in a sidekick or young partner role anymore.

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