While talking about their mini-series Dark Nights: Death Metal, the sequel to last year’s Dark Nights: Metal, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo promised a lot of upcoming insanity. But even more than a Superman prison in the sun and an army of Lobos, the team was most excited to talk about the Robin King.

The Robin King briefly appeared at the end of this month’s Dark Nights: Death Metal #2. In his first act after consuming the mind of Watchmen‘s Doctor Manhattan (seriously, this is a crazy story) the evil Batman Who Laughs imbues new powers on one of his many twisted Robin sidekicks.

As Snyder described the character, Capullo lifted into the camera a sketch of a Robin with a jagged crown atop his grinning face and a severed head in one of his clawed hands.

Screenshot: Comic-Con@Home

“He’s definitely one of our darkest creations,” Snyder proudly said of the character. “I love him because he’s really cheery,” the writer explained, adopting an excited little kid voice to describe some of the Robin King’s devious deeds, including wearing a belt that contains the remains of the loved ones of heroes including the Flash and the Green Lantern Alan Scott.

Day Two of DC@Home also covered the mainline Batman crossover “The Joker War” and upcoming Black Label titles, including writer Kami Garcia’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity and Daniel Warren Johnson’s Wonder Woman: Dead Earth.

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Did you know:

Before the Robin King, the evil Robins only said the word “crow” — a reference to the crowbar that the Joker used to kill Robin (Jason Todd) in 1988’s Batman #427.