Jan 29 2009 3:39pm

Bruce Wayne: Neander-bat?

Grant Morrison is bat-shit crazy. I have the sneaking suspicion that someone took away the good drugs he shares with Warren Ellis, and replaced them with the bad drugs Joe Quesada takes every day. After teasing the death of Batman in the most unsatisfying way possible, he then finally produces a corpse—in the form of a charred and crispy Bruce Wayne, playing Jesus to Superman’s Virgin Mary in what I’ve come to affectionately call the “DC Crisis Super-Pieta,” after an encounter with Darkseid in Final Crisis—only to throw everyone for a loop with the image from the final page of Final Crisis #7, the conclusion to DC’s continuity-busting/fixing/aligning/mending/what-have-you crossover.

Considering that Darkseid’s Omega Effect Beams are about as near to a deus-ex-machina as you can get—and given Morrison’s penchant for calling out Golden and Silver Age comics history (the Batman of Zur-en-Arrh, anyone)—Bruce Wayne could very well be hangin’ out with old man Anthro, inventing fire and drawing up some Lascaux-style cave-paintings.

Dave Thompson
1. DKT
My confusion seems to be telling me this is a prime example of why I shouldn't wait for the TPB...
2. amadandedallas
It seemed to me he was setting the prehistoric Batman up with the whole Sonny Sumo thing. Which leaves me wondering who's going to fall into Bruce Wayne's life in or after Battle for the Cowl.
3. GospelX
What's supposed to be "clever" about this is that Batman spent about a month in a cave right before RIP. Tim did ask at some point what Bruce saw in that cave, and I guess we can say that he saw his own future history.
Ron Hogan
4. RonHogan
"It seemed to me he was setting the prehistoric Batman up with the whole Sonny Sumo thing."

That and, so I've been told to go back and reread, the Mister Miracle miniseries from 7 Soldiers, in which Shilo Norman is apparently able to escape the Omega Sanction.

As I said on Twitter, if the Battle for the Cowl doesn't end with Booster Gold and Rip Hunter dropping Bruce Wayne back in Gotham City to bawl everybody out for the mess they made while he was gone, I'm going to be one dissatisfied comics fan.
Lou Anders
5. LouAnders
I haven't been able to bring myself to read any of this yet.... so dreading it.
Dave Robinson
6. DaveRobinson
Don't dread it: but do read it in the order Morrison suggests, it really does help.

Final Crisis is a good story - but it's very dense and both issues of Superman Beyond are required reading to get the full effect of the story. Final Crisis: Submit and the two Batman issues (682 and 683) are less important but still part of the story.

I enjoyed it.

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