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In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.
Today, based on a suggestion by reader Gustav, we look at one heck of a big unresolved Batman cliffhanger…
Judd Winick wrote the opening arc of Dick Grayson’s stint as Batman in the pages of Batman, #687-691. Ed Benes penciled the first issue while Mark Bagley and Rob Hunter did most of the art on the storyline (Hunter inked the whole arc). What’s weird about the storyline is that it makes the Battle for the Cowl pretty superfluous, as Winick does a fine job showing Nightwing struggling with taking over as Batman…which was the whole point of the Battle for the Cowl mini-series.
Anyhow, in the first issue, we see Alfred with TWO cases with costumes in them, dedicated to Jason Todd and Bruce Wayne…
Later, we see Dick decide to move on from the Batcave and Wayne Manor and open up shop in the Wayne Foundation building…
The problem is that he left the Batcave just sort of abandoned, and Two-Face managed to break in. Dick discovers this when he responds to a security alarm being triggered…
Two-Face isn’t really dressed as Batman, by the way. That’s just a hallucination from the drugs Two-Face hit Dick with.
Anyhow, Dick defeats Two-Face (and manages to convince him that he is still the same old Batman). In a rare turn of events, Two-Face survives discovering the Batcave (people who have discovered the Bat-Cave in the past tend to end up dead).
So Dick realizes that they can’t just leave the Batcave unattended, so he and Alfred take the whole thing apart (which, by the way, should really be a MASSIVE undertaking, right? There’s a TON of stuff in that thing).
So Dick begins to move the cases that Jason Todd’s Robin costume and Bruce Wayne’s Batman costume are in, when he discovers something…
He investigates further and….
And that’s it. Winick was supposed to return to the book after a short break, but then he ended up getting too busy, so Tony Daniel’s fill-in arc got extended to a full run and that, of course, was halted by the New 52.
So it will probably never be resolved. Winick talked about perhaps returning to do the story before the New 52, but I doubt he’ll do it now. So we’ll never know!
Thanks to Gustav for the suggestion. If anyone else has a good idea for an unresolved comic book story, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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