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"Red Son Rising, Part 4": Alfred tells Tim that Harley had fooled Jason, so he could be caught by the Joker, and tells him what happened next, based on the confession given by Harley in past. Jason was taken to Joker's new hideout, with both Harley and Joker stating that he was mentally unstable


Quote1.png Is that all he expects me to be? A do-over for the mistakes he's made with the other Robins? Quote2.png
Tim Drake

Batman: The Adventures Continue #12 is a chapter in the digital-first series Batman: The Adventures Continue (Volume 1 (Digital)) with a cover date of September, 2020.

Synopsis for "Red Son Rising, Part 4"

Alfred tells Tim that Harley had fooled Jason, so he could be caught by the Joker, and tells him what happened next, based on the confession given by Harley in past. Jason was taken to Joker's new hideout, with both Harley and Joker stating that he was mentally unstable and violent. Joker then stated how he a threat to Gotham's criminals, recounting the brutal attacks he mounted on Batman's enemies. He then started beating the kid to death with a crowbar and had Harley taken away when she tried to intervene. Bruce soon found his way to the hideout and upon seeing Harley, realized Joker must be inside. After dealing with the goons, he left Harley cuffed outside despite her assurance that she will help him.

Upon finding a badly beaten Jason, Bruce was shocked and ordered Joker to get away. The clown however ordered his men to fire at him, wrongly believing that the hydrogen in the tanks lying around their hideout wouldn't catch fire. As they exploded upon being accidentally struck by the bullets, Joker tried to flee, but an explosion tossed his car over him. Batman soon released Jason from his restraints, and his protégé told him that he was dying, requesting him to kill Joker in revenge, just like he in past had went to hunt down those who were responsible for Danny's death. Bruce rejected doing so, stating he would become like the Joker if he did, upon which Jason reasoned that he never will.

As Batman instead rescued Joker by turning over the car he was buried under, Jason tried stopping him. His weak state however caused him to fall over a bunch of tanks, which soon exploded due to the fire. Batman was forced to run away while carrying Joker and soon started searching the debris for Jason's body. Being unable to find him, he left with the Joker and kept coming back for months, trying to find anything that could indicate Jason was alive, but eventually accepted he had died. As Alfred finishes the tale, Tim states he understands now why Batman is so moody. He then questions him as to why Bruce made him Robin and when he hesitates, states that he used to be just like Jason - fighting criminals alone before eventually becoming a Robin, even though Bruce had initially rejected making him one.

As Tim questions if Bruce just selected him to make up for what happened in past, Alfred states that Batman is empathetic to those who fight back despite their losses and unlike Jason, Tim has dedication and integrity. He adds that he never would have been a Robin if they doubted him. Batman then arrives in the Batcave and states he is correct, adding what occurred to Jason was his greatest mistake. Tim however realizes he is a fake and tosses him over. The "Batman" turns out to be Jason and is told by Tim that the real one would never apologize. As Jason admits he is right, he is soon attacked by Alfred, who he quickly knocks out. He then knocks Tim unconscious when he attacks in retaliation and drags him upstairs.

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