This thread is a part of our Grant Morrison Reading Project.
Though I read most of Grant Morrison's run on Batman, I wasn't paying too close of attention so I will re-read them, starting with # 655-658 (S'-D' 06), "Batman and Son".
Great opening. The Joker with his now signature crowbar. An imposter Batman beaten to death but not before shooting the Joker.
People imitating Batman was a staple in the Bat-canon since no one had to mimic any super-powers. That this poser was an ex-cop reminds me of the Secret Star, a 50s story where Gordon trains five officiers to replace Batman when the time comes.
The Joker's outrage at being shot by (a) Batman is like LOST's Ben Linus' when his daughter is killed. THEY changed the rules!
Wow! That "Zur En Arrh" graphitti sure stands out now!
Nice bits with Alfred and Tim. And that the Bat-suit is not just cloth and spandex.
Going to London is nice, especially with the line about the Earl of Wordenshire.
Kirk Langstrom is a wreck here, he's usually a lot more pro-active but he is SCARED!
The last page reveal of Talia, her son and Men-Bats was very effective!
More to follow!
As I was saying.....
Can't believe almost TEN months have gone by! Sadly, between cleaning up for my niece's birthday and the preparing and safeguarding against Hurricane Irene, I can't readily find The Return of Ra's Al Ghul issues that I pulled out so regrettably I will have to skip those. Oddly, I do have Robin #168 (Ja'08), the first part by Peter Milligan and Freddie E. Williams II, so I can add that Damian, after learning that he is supposed to be the new body for Ra's, returns to Wayne Manor for help. Understandably, he is not welcomed back warmly by Tim Drake, who Damian sees as a rival.
The gist of the story is that Damian is scared, perhaps for the first time in his life! He wants Batman to protect him but he's not 100% sure he can. But he truly has no other place to go.
Batman #672-675 (F-My'08): These are the issues that precede the Batman R.I.P. storyline. Morrison returns to the Imposter Batmen that began his run.
More to follow! Soon I promise!
As I was saying.....
Can't believe almost TEN months have gone by!