Damian had a lot of big moments in 2010, but when the kid rearranged the Joker’s face with a crowbar in Batman and Robin #14, he took it to a whole new level. He’s overconfident, infuriatingly superior and rude, and he tends to pummel before thinking a situation through. Damian’s got a lot to learn, but in my opinion, he’s great fun to watch.
Not that this particular moment was fun. It’s disturbing to see a 10-year-old beat the living daylights out of someone, especially when Frazer Irving is in the artist’s seat. And without spoiling too much, things didn’t end so well for our 5th-grade hero. But for those of us who had nightmares after reading A Death in the Family, it was also satisfying to see an awful, leering villain on the other side of the crowbar. Damian most definitely got his licks in, and the Joker even had to utter a simple “Ow.” Unforgettable.