Thursday, March 18, 2010

Batman R.I.P. by Grant Morrison Y FIC MORRISON

This is the final case of The Batman. Batman is closing in on his newest enemy: The Black Glove. However, Black Glove has a game to play: to completely destroy Bruce Wayne body and mind. With him is The Club of Villains and the Joker, all working to break then kill the Bat. Batman will have to overcome madness, his greatest enemies, and death itself to unmask the Black Glove.

This is Morrison’s lead in to Final Crisis and chronicles Bruce Wayne’s last case as Batman. In case you’ve been living in a Bat Cave for the past few months Bruce Wayne is no longer the Batman (for why you can check out Final Crisis in YP FIC MORRISON). This is his final case and it is a fitting and epic send off in the inimitable Morrison style. Like Frank Miller and Alan Moore, Morrison is a comic writer that writes super hero stories that twist conventions but work as fun stories too. Morrison has a lot of very odd and zany touches in this story but plays them seriously, so they reflect Batman in his many incarnations: the fun and silly Batman of the 50s and 60s and the grim and gritty Dark Knight of more recent years. The story may be slightly hard to follow for people that don’t follow comics regularly, but there are plenty of websites and wikis to fill you in. A good read for Batman fans, but will probably not convert any unbelievers.

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