Does Batman Need a Sidekick?

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Here's an interesting article by Christopher Peterson looking at some of the relationships between Batman and his supporting cast.

Huntress, Robin, Robin, Robin, Robin, Robin, Katana, The Outsiders, Lucius Fox, Squire, Batgirl, Batgirl, Batgirl, Batwing, Vicki Vale, Spoiler and more zany characters than subdivisions of Wayne-Tech serve as surrogate relationships to fill the hole created in Crime Alley. These bonds serve a variety of functions in Batman’s life; from comrades, pawns, lovers, friends and wards but is anyone of them truly necessary?

The Dark Knight claims no one can understand his struggle, but is it possible that someone amongst his rotating sidekicks is more important to him than The Mission he dedicated his entire life towards?
(Continued at IGN)
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