Grant Morrison’s Batman: Batman in Bethlehem

10 04 2010

Welcome to the next part in my series of posts on Grant Morrison’s Batman. Today, I’m taking on Batman #666, ‘Batman in Bethlehem,’ an issue which takes place in a possible future where Damian Wayne has taken up the cowl of the Batman.

I’d say that this issue has the most amount of hints and teases of the future of Grant’s run. It didn’t happen immediately because we didn’t see any of these things come into play until he launched Batman and Robin. Because of that, there will be spoilers for Batman and Robin in this post.

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What’s next for Dick Grayson?

8 04 2010

Many fans have been waiting ever since it was revealed that Bruce Wayne was displaced in time during Final Crisis #7 for the moment of his return. It’s happening this April with Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 shipping this May. On the flip-side, many other fans have been wondering what will happen to Dick Grayson when Bruce finally returns.

Now, according to the recent Wondercon, Dick Grayson will be part of the Justice League of America as Batman for at least two more years. On top of that, I think that Grant Morrison’s ‘season two’ of Batman and Robin will still be featuring Dick Grayson under the cowl. I’m rather doubtful of James Robinson’s word with regards to the Justice League of America’s roster because the membership has been editorially driven as of late. I think it’s had four major revisions since it’s relaunch in 2006 – that’s a lot if you were wondering.

So as of right now, I’m guessing that we’re getting at least one more year worth of stories with Dick Grayson under the cowl. Supposing his tenure as Batman ends there, what happens next? I share four possible ideas that might play out under the cut. Oh, and please be warned that there will be spoilers for Batman and Robin.
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Grant Morrison’s Batman: The Three Ghosts of Batman and The Black Casebook

7 04 2010

Today in my series of Grant Morrison posts I plan to tackle Batman #664 and 665, ’The Three Ghosts of Batman’ and ‘The Black Casebook.’ Rereading these two issues, I felt that they both tried to deal with what Batman fears the most. Of course, this does strike me as somewhat odd because Batman used Thogal to remove every trace of fear in his mind. It does say in a future issue that he used Thogal to hunt down and eat all the traces of fear and doubt he had left. One of those things was death.

But what of his past mistakes and failures? Do they still haunt him? According to these issues, yes they still do.
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Grant Morrison’s Batman: The Clown at Midnight

5 04 2010

Welcome back. Today, I’m looking to tackle Batman #663, ’The Clown at Midnight.’ I’d say that this is the most interesting work Morrison has done on the title, because it’s done completely in prose. But this isn’t the first time an issue of Batman was presented in prose, I did a little Googling and found out that  there was an old story by Denny O’Neil and Marshall Rogers called ‘Death Strikes at Midnight and Three’ that was presented in the same way – prose with a illustrated art here and there.

Other than Death Strikes at Midnight and Three, this issue seems to tie-in a bit to Morrison’s Arkham Asylum, A Serious House on Serious Earth which, quite honestly, is one of my least favorite of his works on Batman. However the connection to Arkham Asylum is tangential at best, so it’s not really required reading to understand this story.

Anyway, this issue is primarily about The Joker’s death and subsequent rebirth into a new personality. So let’s get started shall we?

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Grant Morrison’s Batman: Batman and Son Part Two

2 04 2010

This is the second and final part of my series of posts on Batman and Son. The first part can be found by clicking here. This second half covers the last two issues, Batman #657 and Batman #658.
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Grant Morrison’s Batman: Batman and Son Part One

1 04 2010

After that rather long introduction, we finally get to the run ‘proper’ if you will, with Batman and Son. This story is based off an old graphic novel called Batman: Son of the Demon from the late 80’s which was removed from continuity after the events of Zero Hour.

From what I understand based off a little research, Morrison’s story doesn’t have much to do with the original barring the notion that Batman has a son. Now, due to the length of the original post, I’ve decided to split this up into two separate parts. Part one covers Batman #655 and Batman #656. Also, please note that there will be spoilers here for Batman RIP.

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Grant Morrison’s Batman: An Introduction and 52

30 03 2010

Grant Morrison‘s run on Batman has spanned well over 30 thirty issues and in it he has taken Batman into a completely new and different direction after several years of grounded detective stories. He’s played up the ‘superhero’ aspect of the character by incorporating elements that haven’t been associated with Batman for over decades, from Silver and Golden Age zaniness reimagined and reincorporated for the Modern Era, to space gods, and the devil himself, Morrison has taken Batman and his cast of characters out of their comfort zones and into the bizarre and grand. What I love about it the most is that it reads like an older comic book from a simpler time where you could honestly believe that anything could happen to the hero, a quality that very few comic books have nowadays.

His run, while not only being a fun romp through the Batman universe, has been layered with details and references to older stories from the very beginning. Which makes the task of rereading it very rewarding as every single thing he has brought up has come up time and time again in later issues. Which brings me to this post. I’ve decided to reread his run from the very beginning and discuss and point out details that will hopefully come into play later. Think of this as a retrospective look with several annotations here and there.

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