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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 318

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!

Let’s take a look at a cool moment from the conclusion to Batman R.I.P. in Batman #681 (if you haven’t read it yet, well, spoilers ahead!)!

Okay, at the end of Batman #680, Batman has seemingly succumbed to the poisons of the servants of the evil Black Glove. Things look bleak.

Until you open up the pages of Batman #681…

We see that Batman has been preparing for the Black Glove for months, all the way back to when Batman’s life was threatened by the Black Glove’s agents…

“The” moment, though, is still that opening line…”the thing about Batman” indeed!


This was one of my most anticipated comics ever. Right up there. And it didn’t disappoint. A lot of people thought the helicopter ending was a cop-out but Morrison had said before it was more of a mental death, and Batman was supposed to be in Final Crisis, so I didn’t mind up much.
I can’t help but think of how good it would’ve been with an artist like JH Williams III.

Y’know, I only read the “helicopter” issue. Did a lot of people compare this scene to Spidey in “Kraven’s Last Hunt”?

I’ve yet to read the BLACK GLOVE tpb.

Nice to know, it’s something to look forward to.

One thing that really struck me about “Batman R.I.P.” is that, when it’s over, there are an awful lot of really nasty people who know that Bruce Wayne is Batman–including, unless I’ve consistently misinterpreted the staging, the Joker.
Dr. Hurt frequently refers to Wayne and Batman as the same person in the company of the rest of the Black Glove, the Glove and some nameless thugs invade the Batcave, Bruce takes off the cowl right before Jezebel Jet’s big reveal and she’s constantly calling him “Bruce” up to that point.
It’s almost as if Morrison is saying that the secret identity isn’t reall y that big a deal, and that Bruce won’t work all that hard to preserve it if he’s pushed far enough (which makes me wonder what Morrison’s take on the terribly-convenient “Hush now looks exactly like Bruce Wayne” device currently in play–it removes the need to explain the sudden disappearance of Bruce Wayne, and the small matter of his estate passing on to his two adopted sons, but it’s still awfully convenient).

For myself, I’ve always figured the Joker doesn’t care who’s under the mask. His beef is with Batman, and when the mask comes off it’s not Batman any more. Taunting and fighting Bruce Wayne wouldn’t do it for him.

Paul, have you read “Heart of Hush”? Dini sets up the “Tommy looks like Bruce” element, and it works really quite well on its own, and then ties right in with the rest of the Bat-titles happenings. I quite dig it.

I think the big problem I had with RiP is that, while I can totally buy that Batman can force himself to carry on after being mind-raped and buried alive, at some point after his victory, he really should have fallen over in a state of terminal exhaustion. Not, you know, gone and picked a fight with Darkseid.

Agreed, Ellis.

He SHOULD have, but if there’s a double super-duper JLA emergency, it’s not really in his nature to sit this one out because he was tired, ya know?

Heck, you could argue that that exhaustion is why he was captured.

That last page is the best thing Tony Daniel has ever drawn.

Great moment and a great run. My favorite part of Morrison’s run was how he was able to take all those strange stories like “Robin Dies at Dawn” and make part of Batman’s story, psychologically if not literally. An inspired decision.

i would also go with batman climbing out of the grave though thought the black glove story line was really confusing and not one of grants best works handling the dark knight.

I’ve been thinking for a while (particularly since I’m enjoying “Batman and Robin” so much, that I need to get the Morrison run on Batman. This confirms it.

@dr matt: you really should. It’s one long story, and it will only serve to make B&R better.

I love the last page, that is the definite moment for me. Dick Grayson as Batman is great, he reminds me of the more down-to-earth character that I grew up with in the 70’s and 80’s.

But this story proves why Bruce Wayne is the only true Batman.

Brian, any plans to do moments from the Club of Heroes arc? I can think of a ton of great ones, and it’s hard to beat Morrison and Williams III.

I wonder if Morrison’s run, and this story in particular, would have been received more positively had there been a different artist, like Quitely, working on it. From my POV, I don’t think the majority of people liked or disliked this story much, it was more of a ‘meh’ reaction from people. Still, I remember some of Daniel’s earlier work, all the way back in X-force, and he’s improved quite a bit since then.

Man, I hated that story with such a fiery passion that I refuse to accept any moment from it as cool with ONE exception. The moment when Batman talks to Bat-Mite.
‘Are you really from the fifth dimension, or just a figment of my imagination?’ asks Batman.
Bat-Mite scoffs ‘…Imagination *is* the fifth dimension’

seeing that panel not only proved grant really knows what makes batman tick but one would find it near impossible to out smart batman with a death trap since he is prepared for every thing and is a force to reckon with

seeing that panel not only proved grant really knows what makes batman but batman really is a little parnoid and seeing threats every where and preparing any counter a force to reckon with

I feel bad for Tony Daniels re: this run. His art style is very based in the 90s, and I think a lot of people just dismiss it outright because of that. And to be fair, the stories he writes aren’t the best. But I think his art is pretty effective and gets a lot of detail across. Just because he’s not as good as Quitely, Irving, or some of the others doesn’t make him a bad artist, and I think some of the criticism that gets lobbed his way is unfair.

Thanks for this

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