It comes out today! Anyone else excited to see how Grant wraps up his latest arc? Cleverness and questions unanswered is what I'd imagine. Also excited for Cameron Stewart's art.

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I'm really looking forward to it. Morrison is in quite straightforward mode for B&R. Most of it is there on the page, unlike some of his more notorious stuff.

I'm enjoying Batwoman's turn here. I like her and the Question. There's something fresh about them. They are 'legacy' heroes but something very new at the same time.

I've never been the slightest bit interested in Dick Grayson until he stepped into the batsuit. Now he's cool! This is the only Batbook I read (apart from Batwoman) so I wonder how he is coming across in the other books?

And Stewart is a master!
I'm reading B&R and will continue to do so through issue #12.
I'm also very excited that DC has released three issues in a two-month period. Batman and Robin is the only Bat-title I've read in which Dick Grayson Batman is written any differently from Bruce Wayne Batman. I particularly enjoyed seeing Dick bounce around London in #7; that struck me as a very Nightwing-esque behavior. Dini is pretty much writing Bruce Wayne Batman in Streets of Gotham, up to and including a scene in which Batman brutally roughs up an informant, which felt awfully out-of-character for Mr. Grayson. He's also rather broody and harsh in Tony Daniel's Batman. Daniel is basically doing his version of "Hush" in that title.

I really wish Peter Tomasi was writing one of the Bat-books, because his Nightwing run offered a near-perfect depiction of Dick Grayson.
Did anyone ask for another Hush?

Hush had a lot in common with an old Morrison Bat-foe called 'Whisper'. And Morrison, in an example of creative leap-frog, in turn created another Hush-like villain called the Black Glove in his current extended storyline.

How many evil manipulators were hanging around when Bruce was a wee lad? A story where they all bump into each other while peeping through his playroom window would be good...
Figserello said:
Did anyone ask for another Hush?

Hush had a lot in common with an old Morrison Bat-foe called 'Whisper'. And Morrison, in an example of creative leap-frog, in turn created another Hush-like villain called the Black Glove in his current extended storyline.

How many evil manipulators were hanging around when Bruce was a wee lad? A story where they all bump into each other while peeping through his playroom window would be good...

Well, in all fairness to Mr. Daniel, he hasn't introduced another character with knowledge of Bruce Wayne and/or Batman, but he has introduced a new Black Mask, whose identity is supposed to be a big mystery. At the same time, he's using pretty much all of the major Bat-villains, and he has The Riddler under some form of mind control as he was in "Hush." So, yeah, it all feels rather familiar.
I thought Batwoman, Damian and Alfred were all pretty awesome in this issue.

It also sets up the next arc, Batman v. Robin, fairly well.
The cover of Batman & Robin #9 reminds me of World's Finest #180.

You know, I would think "Superman's Pefect Crime", were it a murder, would involve heat vision to eliminate all traces of evidence. And he would do it from orbit.
You know, it never occurs to me in any of the Bat-books except Batman and Robin that it's anyone but Bruce under the mask, because -- as noted here -- the Batman we see in Streets of Gotham or wherever appears to be the same one we used to know. The only time I consider it to be Dick is when they specifically say so. Frankly, I assumed they were avoiding mentioning the body-swap for reprint/trade paperback purposes, unless it was central to the plot. As far as I'm concerned, the only book that's telling the story of Dick as Batman is the aforementioned B&R.

And maybe JLA, if they ever bloody get around to launching the new team! They've been "building" to it for-freaking-ever!
Also there's probably an element of people waiting their whole life to write Batman, and when they get the chance and think they have a great story to tell about him, they find that they have to write, not Bruce Wayne - the real Batman, but the kid!

There's also issues here of writers' sensitivities, generally. They want to tell their story, not an adjunct to Morrison's story. No matter what story they want to tell now, by rights, a big element of it would be Dick dealing with it while coping with filling his former guardian's big shoes.

And yes, a story about the phase of the Batman tale where Dick wore the pointy ears would seem to have a shorter shelf-life as TPB than one which could be about just any phase of the legend.

Then again, I'd guess that people are going to be buying Morrison's run on Batman for a very long time in TPBs etc, so perhaps it might be good sense to hitch your wagon to Morrison's chicken if you were a Bat-writer at the moment!

I'm probably not the only reader to get into Greg Rucka's stuff because some of his work interweaves with Morrison's.
Figserello said:
Also there's probably an element of people waiting their whole life to write Batman, and when they get the chance and think they have a great story to tell about him, they find that they have to write, not Bruce Wayne - the real Batman, but the kid!

I can't imagine that's the case with Paul Dini on Streets of Gotham, though; not only has he had ample opportunity to write "the real Batman" (heck, his work on Batman: The Animated Series became the definitive Batman for countless fans), but he's got a good grasp on the character of Dick Grayson, too.
Bah, was hoping no-one would bring him up!

Well then, I'll hang my hat on his 'writer's sensitivities' and his worries about the long tail on the TPBs.

An up and coming writer would be more amenable to getting with the editorial program, but as you've just pointed out, this guy's got clout in regards to Batman.

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