A while back I wondered who would be the members of the 'next World's Finest'. The concensus then was that Kara and Steph, Supergirl and Batgirl, would best fit the bill.
I wasn't sure. I thought maybe Tim and Kara would be a better duo, a better legacy pair to earn the name World's Finest. In particular, I thought their interactions in Superman/Batman #62 really laid the foundation for a great friendship.
Maybe I was wrong?
I have been collecting Red Robin for about a half year now and I have been very pleased in direction that Tim's character has been going. Comfortable in his role of Red Robin, driven to bring back Bruce, acting as a partner in the Wayne Foundation, he suddenly seems like a fully realized hero rather than a sidekick.
As for his super-heroics, he has created a 'hit list' of super-villains he intends to hunt and capture.
I am not usually a big bat-book reader, but this one has been entertaining so far.
And then, in Red Robin #14, written by Fabien Nicienza, we see that all is not perfect in Tim's mind. We kind of take a left turn. In the issue, Damien attacks Tim while they are out on patrol. And what is Damien's motivation?
Well, it turns out that Red Robin has two 'hit lists' operating. One is for the low level super-baddies he is hunting.
The other list is of super-heroes! Following in the footsteps of Bruce Wayne maybe a little bit too closely, Tim is keeping files on all these heroes and cataloging ways he can eliminate them if he needs to. And there on the top row is Supergirl. Not exactly the act of a best buddy.
So maybe Kara and Steph are a better World's Finest.
Of course it was just such a 'hit list' that Bruce made that Brother Eye and the OMACs a horrific reality. And I am surprised that Dick Grayson doesn't come down on him a bit.
It will be interesting to see exactly how this all plays out. Will Tim continue to sink into a paranoia, becoming a threat to the heroes? Or will he realize that this was a shortcoming of Bruce and rein it in a bit?