The issue’s final page sees Drake visit his friend Bernard at his home after the two shared a moment of unexpected connection (and Drake, as his alter ego Robin, must rescue Bernard from a villain). In the last panel, Drake tells Bernard, beaming, “Yeah … yeah, I think I want that” after Bernard asks him out.
Despite decades of fans clamoring for queer Robin content, the sidekick’s sexuality was never overtly stated, though various iterations of Robin, from Drake to newer addition Damian Wayne, have had relationships with women in the comics.
Speaking to Polygon, Fitzmartin said that Drake’s new relationship doesn’t erase his past dalliances with women (most notably Stephanie Brown, who moonlights as the hero Spoiler).
“I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey … However, Tim is still figuring himself out,” Fitzmartin told Polygon. “I don’t think he has the language for it all … yet.”