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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 142

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the last issue of Grant Morrison’s Batman (before his run continues anew in Batman and Robin #1 next month).


The set-up of the issue (Batman #683, by Morrison and artist Lee Garbett) is that Batman is being held captive by the forces of Darkseid (ignore that background stuff and just concentrate on what Alfred says).

At the same time, we hear Alfred talking about Batman in the “future” where Batman is missing and considered dead, so this is the last we hear about Batman before his “death” in Final Crisis #6, and Morrison has Alfred Pennyworth give about the best send-off to Batman that you could imagine.

Totally awesome.


I enjoyed most of Morrison’s run on Batman, but his last two issues right after RIP didn’t do much for me.

I had the exact opposite feeling. I liked those two issues and felt like they were a welcome change from (what I felt was a meandering and ultimately disappointing) RIP. Mostly I think I was glad to get some of the JLA style Batman and also to see what was happening in Final Crisis. Also, it only took two issues to do what I felt Morrison was trying to do in RIP (which is basically the same kind of story, some uber-villain trying to break Batman down), but in a more direct manner and without a “mystery” that left me cold.

Different strokes I guess…

The moment for me: “The enemy will look away for just a moment….” Totally summarizes the badassery that is Batman right there.

Yeah, his run was pretty hardcore.
I liked these two issues; they really tied together the two very different Batman stories in his run and in Final Crisis. They really weren’t that different after all. Awesome stuff.

Those last two panels on that first page there… Gets me every time. Chills. Brilliant.

This is an example, for me, of how much Morrison depends on his artist. The script is amazing, but the moment itself is kind of …meh. The middle panels of the second page really need some expression on Alfred’s face to take things to the next level. Instead, it is a blank, which neither kills nor enhances the moment.

lthat part of of Grants run on the story showed how important batman knows alfred is to him and Alfred relizing the good bruce does as batmaneven if his quest ican never be fullfilled

who is the artist?

“The whereabouts of Batman remain unknown.” A nice callback to the very first story, where an introductory caption states that “[Batman’s] identity remains unknown.”

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