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!
You know,I have read about everything else Batman related Morrison has written. However I haven't read his initial Batman run. I've read Batman & Robin, Batman Inc (vol 1 and currently vol 2) and Return of Bruce Wayne or whatever it was called. I'm waiting for his Batman Run to be collected in one or two collections so I can read at least most of it at once. Or wait until I get through the stack of graphic novels I've had for at least a year and then purchase all available TPBs of Batman.