Posted at 11:35 AM Feb 17, 2010By Jill Pantozzi
Seeing as how Valentine's Day just passed us by, I thought I'd take a few minutes to ponder the relationship between my favorite couple in comics. I'm talking about Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson. They both served as Batman's protégés, Batgirl and Robin, at one time and have since grown up and moved on to become the superheroes Oracle and Nightwing. Unfortunately, these two fall under the second, troubled relationship group. But why?! BUT WHY I SAY!?!
Recently we discovered Barbara and Dick's young courtship involved a lot of trouble fighting villains, getting trapped in tight spaces together and Dick not being able to stand up afterward. They were making some progress when Babs was gunned down by the Joker, paralyzing her from the waste down. Dick was devastated, but nothing would have stopped him from being with the girl he loved, that is, until they had some time apart and Starfire came into the picture. And well, she's Starfire. Kind of hard to compete with a 6'5" orange-skinned bombshell, no?
Unlike Batman, who tends to love 'em and leave 'em, Dick is a pretty stand-up guy when it comes to his girlfriends. Except for that one time he slept with Babs then proceeded to hand her an engagement announcement for him and Starfire. Oh, yeah, and that time he had a one-night stand with Huntress, one of Bab's best friends. What a dick! To be fair, Babs eventually went off and got engaged to a guy named Jason Bard, but that didn't last long and before we knew it Dick was finally proposing to Babs himself.
Happily ever after? Of course not. They decided to put off the engagement while Dick went off to find himself or...whatever, and he's been too busy being Batman since he's been back for anyone to mention it again. The good news? Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone has promised some sexy time when the series starts back up in the spring, which might translate into some Babs on Dick action. So what's the bad news? Dick is joining the new Justice League lineup soon. With Starfire. Comics, sometimes I hate you.