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Batman R.I.P. Paperback – June 22, 2010
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Tying into his other blockbuster stories of 2008 Final Crisis and Batman: The Ressurection of Ra's Al Ghul, the legendary Grant Morrison confronts readers with the unthinkable... the death of The Dark Knight.
The troubled life of Bruce Wayne seems to spin out of control when his releationship with the mysterious Jezebel Jet deepens. Soon Bruce Wayne drops out completely, having seemingly become the victim of mental illness and abandoning his Batman identity for a life on the streets of Gotham City. Capitalizing on the fall of their greatest foe, the Club of Villains begin a crime spree through the streets of Gotham that threatens to bring the city to its knees.
This volume collects Batman #676-683 and DC Universe #0.
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“[Grant Morrison is] comics’s high shaman.”—WASHINGTON POST
“[A] comic legend.”—ROLLING STONE
About the Author
In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.
Tony S. Daniel decided to be a comics artist in the 8th grade, and he hasn’t looked back since. After making his professional debut in 1993 on Comico’s The Elementals, he has contributed work to Marvel’s X-Force and Image’s Spawn: Bloodfeud as well as writing and illustrating his creator-owned titles Silke, The Tenth, Humankind, Adrenalynn and F5 — the last two of which led him, for a time, into the alternate reality known as Hollywood.
After being lured back into comics to work with writer Geoff Johns on DC’s TEEN TITANS, Daniel went on to draw the final three issues of FLASH: THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE before landing his dream job pencilling the Dark Knight’s adventures in BATMAN. The Batcave is, he reports, surprisingly cozy.
- ASIN : 1401225764
- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (June 22, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401225766
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401225766
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.68 x 0.31 x 10.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #222,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main commonality amongst all the reviews here seem to be Grant Morrison's writing in RIP. This is sensible, as it is the writing, not the art, that is the most defining feature of this book. With Morrison, it is his style that tends to pull focus for the reader.
To begin, the writing is pretty much what I expected from Morrison. It is dense, complex, confusing, entertaining, and appropriately Batman. Morrison is not my favorite writer, and I struggle with reading pretty much any of his collections in one sitting. Before judging, it is not because I am not smart enough to comprehend a deeper meaning he hides, or too distracted for works without payoffs every page. No, I struggle because his work gives me a lot to think about and process what I just read. Though the reader gets this complete story collection in one book, it was not meant to be read this way. The story feels like it was meant to have the reader wait months for the whole picture. As a result, reading two or three chapters at once may reduce the drama, or overload the reader without be given the chance to digest the chapter.
The story itself is somewhat disjointed and fragmented, but that's exactly what was expected. I would say there were maybe five or six times I checked to see if two pages were stuck together, because the story shifted gears so suddenly and inorganically. Morrison was probably going for this angle, but just because this was his intent doesn't mean it is all excusable. I can appreciate waiting a long time to see answers finally revealed in a story, even in vague, uncertain terms, but I also value some degree of clarity and linear ideas. I confess, I had to head over to Wikipedia to make sure I got everything after I had read this book a couple of times, just to make sure I got everything. I am not a comics snob, but I dislike having to go to Wikipedia for summaries. So, I felt a little dumb having to read a summary of a COMIC book that I read twice. I'm not a Mensa member, but I don't feel that I am unintelligent. I am all in favor of a thought-provoking comic book, and this certainly is one. I only feel that at times it is more of a head-scratcher out of confusion, instead of big ideas.
The final not on the writing is that, as I'm sure others have mentioned, is that the actual moment when Bruce Wayne 'dies', is not included in a collection called Batman RIP. Some might say that having that moment when Darkseid blasts Batman with his Omega beams would feel really out of place in this book. They are right, sort of. The issues where Bruce is suddenly being experimented on by Darkseid's scientists are included, with zero explanation of how this whole situation came to be. I mean nothing. Not even a *see Final Crisis for the context of this bizarre scene* note. The moment of Batman's 'death' probably could have been included, with panels worked in with at least a mild sense of context. However, knowing Morrison, this idea was probably tested, and the final panel would just not have worked as well.
The art is passable. It's certainly not Daniels' best work, but he is one of those artists who have been improving over time, so I don't believe he was not trying here. Daniels has proven himself a most talented artist on the Justice League and Batman & Robin Eternal series. The only reason I mention this is that when I saw his name on the cover, I was expecting the quality of work he shows on more recent titles. His work here is not as dynamic as that of Hush, or as clean as that in Year One, but it gets the job done without ever crossing into mediocre territory. His Joker is creepy, almost to the point of being grotesque, but undeniably the Clown Prince of Crime. The covers by Alex Ross are all welcome and fantastic. I would not have wanted his particular style to tell this story, but his art was great to see and actually helped my overall view of this collection. To be fair to Daniels, having his work offset by one of my favorite artists may have accentuated the differences in artistic skill.
Thanks if you've stuck with me this far. To conclude, I like this story, but it may not be for everyone. It feels like Batman, without a doubt, but there is an alien element, something different that is immediately noticeable. While relatively inexpensive, this story almost certainly requires the reader to invest in more than one collection to gain full appreciation for Morrison's Batman.
What do I mean by that? There are two different groups who may benefit from buying this book. The first is those who just want to see the Black Glove storyline introduced in Batman and Son played out to its conclusion. This book definitely gives you "an" ending to that story. The second is those who want to experience the full story that began in Batman and Son. For those people, they'll need to read this followed by: Final Crisis, Batman: Time and the Batman, Morrison's Batman and Robin Vol 1-3, The Return of Bruce Wayne, Morrison's Batman Incorporated, and the New 52 volumes of Batman Incorporated.
One quick note for those who wish to follow the whole storyline: when reading this book, stop at the point where the Black Glove storyline seemingly ends and the book jumps into what seems like a completely different plot (to minimize spoilers, said climax involves an aerial vehicle crashing). The issues after that moment are included in Final Crisis, and they make a lot more sense when read in that context as opposed to how they are presented in this book.
If you're a fan of Batman because you love film noir, you love detective stories, you love deep philosophical and ethical questions, if you love Shakespearean tragedy - in effect, if you love what made Batman popular in the first place (see the 1940's prints, the 1970's start to get dark and personal with "Strange Apparitions"), then this book isn't for you. It has all of those pieces but it doesn't seem to really like the character of Batman. The villains are forgettable. The Romantic obvious without being enjoyable. The plot convoluted. And above all, it's the one thing that's unenjoyable about Batman - *It's over the top*. It is both dark and campy, which is like mixing cheap scotch with orange soda.
Grant buried Batman so far into the ground that DC had to have Snyder take over their biggest superhero (See the Owl's story line, and Death of the Family for something that at least likes and understands Batman as he should be). It should give you an idea of just how bad this book can get.
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After reading some of classic Batman stories, such as the Dark Knight Returns, Year One, the Long Holloween, and etc, I've decided to read Grant Morrison's batman run. I heard that his work is confusing, bad story telling bla bla, but, you know what, it is, in fact, brilliant. I love Frank Miller. his Dark Knight return is just like a wonderful novel with dark and deep thoughts. I love Scott Snyder, his new 52 batman, including all the stories: Court/City of Owls, Death of Family, Zero Year, Endgame and even the Bloom, is amazing and is just like a beautiful action movie.
Grant Morrison, he is a freak, the beginning of the book makes me feel exactly like I was watching a movie. The story itself is amazing! And, his way of storytelling...when I was reading, it happened several times like "AHA! so he meant...""wow so he mentioned something before is...".
I am a big Grant Morrison fan now, I am not saying that he is better than Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Scott Snyder and so on, but he is really a geinus with deep mind not just about comic but life as well.
The story also ties in with Final Crisis at the end and bridges the gap between the two story lines and also enhances Batman's appearance during Final Crisis showing us in more detail what he endures. A fantastic story, great art and a real landmark piece of Batman history, and if thats not enough to draw you in then how about a book that also contains Joker in his own little mystery, what does he really think of the Black Glove and Batman?
Contains Batman #676 - #683, DC Universe #0