Tim Drake's had a rough year, to say the least.
Struggling with a new identity, searching for the mentor only he believes is actually alive and tangled up with Ra's Al Ghul and his deadly League of Assassins -- not exactly a recipe for long-term health, y'know?
Well, things aren't going to get any easier. Starting with June's RED ROBIN #13, writer Fabian Nicieza will step in as the new regular writer, joining series artist Marcus To for what will certainly prove to be an extension of the wild ride Red Robin's been on so far.
Wait, you want details? Well, sure. Let's check in with the new writer himself. Take it away, Fabian:
"It feels great to be back on Red Robin for the first time! Having the opportunity to close out Tim Drake's Robin series was bittersweet. He's a character I've always wanted to write, but it was a tumultuous, dark time for him and I was writing the book knowing the series would end and evolve into Red Robin.
"I was reading Chris Yost's first year on the series with jealous admiration in that he was doing a great job, getting to work with an excellent young artist in Marcus To and getting to move Tim through the darkness into a better place as a way of natural story evolution!
"To unexpectedly get the chance to come back at this time, with Tim Drake in a more positive place mentally, stepping into his own as a young adult and better prepared to develop his own distinctive approach to crimefighting -- both in Gotham City and across the world -- only means the hundreds of stories I've always wanted to tell with the character now number in the thousands!
"What lies ahead? Adventure, mystery, complex moral issues, an evolving rogue's gallery specific to the character, romantic triangles (maybe quadrangles!), fun and humor all ripe for the picking! I can't wait for readers to see this excellent character's continuing development into something unique and special in the DC Universe!"
Bat-editor Mike Marts was also kind enough to sneak us a look at the cover to the issue, from the aforementioned Mr. To.