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Tying into his other blockbuster stories of 2008 Final Crisis and Batman: The Ressurection of Ra's Al Ghūl, 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, havTying into his other blockbuster stories of 2008 Final Crisis and Batman: The Ressurection of Ra's Al Ghūl, 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.Collecting: Batman 676-683...

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Batman: R.I.P. Reviews

  • Jayson
    2019-03-09 02:44

    (B+) 79% | GoodNotes: Conceptual art with a surrealist veneer, it improves upon reflection and provokes disbelief, recognition and outburst.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2019-03-25 06:19

    This was one of the most divisive Batman graphic novels in several years. A fair number of purists hate it and others absolutely love it. [image error]Batman falls in love so much that he reveals his identity to Jezebel Jet (hmm, does the Biblical reference give anything away?) which worries many of the people around him. But the real story is Batman having his mind invaded and the fact that our oh so paranoid detective predicted something like this and set up safeguards. Will those safeguards work? Appearances by The Club of Villains as well as Bat-Mite and The Joker. Expect a nightmarish landscape as Batman's mind is invaded.[image error][image error]What I found out after reading this graphic novel was that there were three stories before this one that should be read (it doesn't say on this volume about previous volumes). In order they are: “Batman: Batman and Son”, “Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul” and “Batman: Black Glove”. A fifth follow up covers the whole JLA team and was titled “Final Crisis”.The overall tale was done by Grant Morrison, who loves to do his funky, psychedelic setups and some might argue he overdid it or that it's too confusing. I read Morrison's Batman Arkham Asylum before this one and found it to be overly confusing at times as well. [image error]Regardless, this might be a graphic novel you'll need to go through more than once to fully appreciate. I prefer it over “Arkham Asylum” which focused too much on the mad dreams. That said, on a second and even third reading I appreciated the graphic novel more. A bit of Wiki on historical Batman references didn't hurt either.Tony S Daniel in the main artist. I'd say the artwork is a slight notch up from “Arkham Asylum” which was too psychedelic at times for my tastes.Morrison mines the little bits of Batman history especially from the Silver Age yet he doesn't follow the true threads of those pieces so purists will be angered. Once more as a warning a lot of the “clever Morrison” moments may be lost to more casual readers or people who don't spend the time doing some research and then reading it again. ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B (for those who didn't read the previous graphic novels & Morrison's style can be confusing to some); NIGHTMARISH LANDSCAPING FOCUSES: A minus; OVERALL GRADE: B plus (higher if you read the previous graphic novels); WHEN READ: end of June to mid July 2012. (view spoiler)[SPOILERSSo if you didn't read the previous three volumes (like me) it's confusing how they got into Batman's mind and that is revealed in “Black Glove”. “Zur-en-arrh” is the trigger word set up in early comics to break Batman down. It is the eventual reason for Batman's strange costume at the end which offended some people in that it appeared he was dressed in Joker colors. Note that said outfit was from a very early Batman sci fi tale of The Silver Age when Batman met a double of himself.[image error][image error]Some may feel cheated that Batman's death doesn't happen in this volume but in the later “Final Crisis”.[image error]Dr. Hurt's true identity may be in reference to an old strip from the Silver Age as well. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-03-23 04:37

    Batman gets cut by one of the Black Glove's minions on the first page, drugging him in the process. A little later, Jezebel Jet (who wouldn't have spotted a girl named Jezebel as being linked with the villains?) utters a code word Dr. Hurt implanted in Batmans' subconscious during an isolation experiment years ago (see Batman: The Black Glove) and the shit hits the fan. The Bruce Wayne part of Batman's psyche is completely eclipsed by the Batman portion. Batman goes on a rampage in a patchwork costume and finally catches up to the Black Glove at Arkham Asylum. He's consequently defeated and buried alive. But even being buried alive isn't enough to stop Batman...I didn't like this one as much as the The Black Glove and here's why. First of all, you knew the vague ending was letting the door open for Bruce Wayne to return, even though Nightwing looked pretty impressive in the final shot holding Batman's cowl. Secondly, the two stories that followed, also in this volume, showed Batman surviving the helicopter crash. God forbid the fanboys think Batman might be dead for longer than ten minutes. THEN, Batman is "killed" by Darkseid in Final Crisis. It seems like they would have been better off leaving him "dead" at the end of RIP. The ending was vague enough that a return would have been believeable. However they end up bringing him back after Final Crisis (and they will) is going to be hokey as hell.I'd highly recommend skipping the last two stories in this book. If you do and never read another Batman comic again, you can pretend something actually happened. Otherwise, it's just another example of why comics will never rise above their pro-wrestling type status with the general public. Nothing ever really happens that won't be undone later.

  • Donovan
    2019-03-07 01:15

    Morrison makes you work and that's not a bad thing. He says comics have become too linear and mainstream and I generally agree. I've found that on my second read his books make almost total sense, on the first read almost indecipherable. So let me just say that if you're interested in Morrison's Batman run, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with Batman and Son, read slowly, and read his books consecutively if you can. I don't want to play the summary game too much so I'll give a quick once over. Following the previous book The Black Glove and its introduction of Doctor Simon Hurt, Batman is back in Gotham and The Black Glove will attempt to destroy Batman's mind. Just remember that Bruce is highly intelligent, superhumanly intelligent as Morrison says, and that he is prepared for this attack. End summary. What Morrison has done here is created a fascinating, sometimes funny, sometimes wacky as fuck, sometimes heart wrenching and dark and psychological, and always brightly and boldly illustrated by Tony S. Daniel masterpiece. And I don't use that word lightly. Batman is not indestructible: he cares, loves, broods, breaks, suffers, spirals into madness. But his will, his spirit...ah, now that is indestructible. Let me say that you should not concern yourself with unlocking "the puzzle" of this book. That was my fault on the first read. There is no puzzle. There's depth and reader interpretation, but don't overdo it. Like Joker's Dead Man Hand. It's Joker, okay? He's nuts. There's no rhyme or reason. Doctor Simon Hurt is evil and maybe who he says he is, but he's not everyone he says he is. And if you still have questions, read the next book, or go back and reread sections like I did. Morrison says the answers are there and he's right, he's fucking right! I did have questions about the final chapters, however, The Butler Did It and What the Butler Saw, but I realized they're answered in Final Crisis, another masterpiece I'm not quite ready to dive into again so soon. The brilliance of R.I.P. is its reinvention and homage to Batman history. I haven't yet read The Black Casebook, but Morrison is like an archivist meets mad scientist meets fanboy in his acknowledgement of the lesser known and sometimes ethereal or campy 50s and 60s Batman comics. Most of the characters here have been, to stay in theme with this book, resurrected all shiny and new. The Club of Villains, the Club of Heroes, Doctor Simon Hurt, The Black Glove. It's a gentlemanly nod to Batman's own history. And Morrison would say no it's not "meta" you asshole, it's real, he's addressing real Batman history in a real Batman comic. And it's astounding. Look at Joker, look at what he's done for the quintessential Villain, who no longer resembles the silly bow tie wearing gangster, but rather a skeleton who wields razors and facial scars and wishes to carve people up. I could go on and on but I'll stop. You should discover Batman R.I.P. for yourself.

  • Sesana
    2019-03-21 04:45

    The truth of the matter is that I ultimately don't know what to make of this. Morrison is talented, but he's more of a concept guy than an execution guy. The idea of Batman going off the deep end and completely losing himself in the persona is fascinating, but the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (with Batmite!) is just wacky. I just can't really take it seriously. That's not to say that there aren't any highlights here. I personally like this version of the Joker, and especially the explanation for the changes in his personality (a form of MPD that has him cycling through personalities). I loved seeing the International Club of Heroes again. I did like the art, though the panels could sometimes be confusing. Like the writing, come to that. But the title is misleading, and the last two issues included are unnecessary and even detract from the overall story. Probably more like 2.5 stars, but I'm grading up today.

  • Ronyell
    2019-03-24 08:34

    Introduction: At this point, I have been reading many “Batman” comics and so far, I had been enjoying every single one I had read…until I came upon this comic. I mean, “Batman R.I.P” had a pretty interesting premise written by Grant Morrison and gorgeous artwork by Tony S. Daniel, who slightly rivals Jim Lee’s artwork, but the story itself was a bit too slow and confusing for me to really get interested in.What is this story about?Batman has always trained himself to withstand any threat that comes his way, but there is one organization that will try to defeat him mentally and that is the Black Glove. The Black Glove’s plan is that they will try to find a way to make Batman go insane, so that way Gotham City’s criminals will unleash unbearable mayhem on the city itself while Batman is losing his sanity. Will the Black Glove succeed in their plans or will Batman find a way keep his sanity?What I loved about this story:The premise: The premise for this story, which was the Black Glove trying to make Batman go insane, was pretty interesting. I did like the way that Grant Morrison wrote the scenes of Batman going insane and how the story just starts becoming cluttered because of the insanity that Batman was suffering. It really brought a chaotic feel to the story, which I usually associate chaos with insanity, so the story really fit that feeling extremely well. I also loved the way that Grant Morrison wrote the Joker as being insane as well as being calculating in his schemes against Batman since the Joker is honestly one of my most favorite “Batman” villains to date!Tony S. Daniel’s artwork: Tony S. Daniel’s artwork was fantastic as the characters are drawn realistically and the colors are so vibrant. I really loved the way that Tony S. Daniel drew Batman himself as Batman looks extremely muscular and threatening at the same time.What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:Okay...where was this story going?While I like the premise of this story and the artwork, the story itself was average for me because it was both too confusing and slow for me to follow. I understand that the story was basically the Black Glove manipulating Batman, but the plot just got so cluttered up once the Black Glove’s plan was announced that I just got so confused about what was really going on, especially when the plot was jumping all over the place. Also, there were moments where the story started slowing down and my interest in the story started to go down, the more I read this comic. There were various conversations that the characters had in this book that I was wondering to myself about what do they have to do with the story at hand?Final Thoughts:Overall, “Batman R.I.P” may have an interesting premise about Batman going insane and gorgeous artwork, but the story is average at best since the plot is too confusing and the pacing seems to slow down in many places that it was difficult to read through.

  • Gianfranco Mancini
    2019-03-20 04:21

    Far better then I remembered. And at last re-reading again this descent into madness after years, I finally understood what the [email protected]%% was going on.A tale not for anyone indeed... maybe I was reading too many Marvel/Disney Channel comics when I not enjoyed much this gem first time (still a Marvel Zombie, but almost all House of Ideas comics post Secret Wars are so terrible for me, but for a few exceptions, that I'm reading or re-reading more often something else in these times).And Tony Daniel's artworks (that I love since his high-testosterone X-Force/Spawn 90s debuts) were just perfect for this story: like razor slashes painting red all the violence, trauma, madness and abuse inside this crazy comic book.Morrison is crazy for good, but you can only admire his deconstruction of a pop culture icon like Batman, pushing backinto the Dark Knight continuity all previous stories since 30s "deleted" after Miller's Year One.ZUR-EN-ARRH

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-03-12 02:45

    This was pretty good in some spots, but I kind of had a hard time really getting into it. It seemed to go on and on in a rambling, disjointed way. I know Grant Morrison's Invisibles series is chaotic, so I'm used to that and it works for me. I just couldn't get into this story, I guess. The illustrations were great.

  • Brad
    2019-03-21 05:22

    Casual Batman fans can learn from my experience: this was impossible to follow, so much so I almost gave up halfway. I needed one of those "Previously, on Batman..." bits at the beginning to bring me up to speed. Instead it was like being dropped into Harry Potter 7 with little to no understanding of who people were ("I know Harry and Dumbledore, but who the heck is Bellatrix Lestrange?"), how they got there ("Why aren't they at Hogwart's fighting He Who Shall Not Be Named?") or what was going on ("What in the heck is a horcrux?"). The parts that I did understand, quite frankly, seemed cheesy, but I'll be the first to admit I'm no authority to listen to. Again, this review is just for the casual reader...Having just read StoryTellerShannon's review, I see that "there were three stories before this one that should be read (it doesn't say on this volume about previous volumes). In order they are: “Batman: Batman and Son”, “Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul” and “Batman: Black Glove”. A fifth follow up covers the whole JLA team and was titled “Final Crisis”." Thanks, StoryTellerShannon! Still, it would have been nice if this volume had any indication whatsoever that there were other volumes.Alternatively, Brian's review says: "This is the third part of Morrison's Batman epic which in order is as follows "Batman and Son" "Batman: The Black Glove" "Batman: RIP" "Final Crisis" "Batman and Robin vol 1,2,3." "The Return of Bruce Wayne" and finally "Batman INC. vol 1, 2", In between there is "The Battle for the Cowl" but it was not written by Morrison."Others explain that Morrison's goal here was to incorporate all parts of decades of Batman storytelling, even those things many would rather forget. I imagine this could make the book quite rewarding for Batman scholars.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-26 03:38

    An excellent story told perfectly within its medium, this is one of the best superhero comics I've ever read. The art integrates seamlessly with the language, contributing immeasurably to the whole. I found the red and black theme to be aesthetically, intellectually, and viscerally pleasing. The fact that the Black Glove is playing the game six moves ahead, but it takes everyone but the Joker that long to realize that Batman is already reasoning his end game. That he has, in advance of this, already taken revenge. I know that I harp a little bit on the Robins, but clearly Grant Morrison also understands the importance of doing so. Tim evades and defeats the team of super-villains sent to capture him, protects Gotham, and calls in help before proceeding to assist Batman. Dick gets captured, but escapes and is there for Bruce when he's needed. Damian is the wild card used as a plot point and clever literary trick even though he's self absorbed and annoying. There are angst ridden references to the fact that Jason died and no one mentions Stephanie at all. If anyone wants to see the entirety of the Robin Saga laid out in snapshot, I highly recommend just reading this.

  • Cheese
    2019-03-18 06:33

    This is difficult to rate. It started really well. Batman gets completed FUBAR'd! He gets mind F****d and then when it starts to get interesting Morrison has a brain fart and the whole story goes to sh*t!The more I read Morrison's work the less I like it. Animal Man for example, what the hell was he thinking at the end??? "Oh I know what I'll do, I'll put myself in the comic and make Animal Man realise he is a comic book character. That will be really good, nobody will ever think of that! It's so original!" No! It was sh*t Grant, drugs are bad mmkay!It's the same with this, what was he thinking. It just spoilt the whole book for me. It was heading for 4 stars, it's now lucky to get 3. Great artwork, some great story for the first half of the book and some great characters, but the second half, I've no idea what was going on, complete garbage.

  • Roxanne
    2019-03-22 07:42

    Batman, my buddy, my guy it's been a while.It's not the greatest read ever, nor a read that will inspire you to start reading more Batman but it's a good read it's typical Morrison writing. You either go with it or remain confused til the end, it's definitely not one you can read only having read a few Batman titles. There's a whole story going on where you need to know the back story. The artwork is amazing it definitely stands out more so than the story. Joker was done really well, Alfred was on point, which is always a plus something the rebirth batman titles fucked up incredibly (totally give up with those). Overall worth picking up but i wouldn't say it's a must have.

  • Anthony
    2019-03-07 06:31

    I do really like this. It messes with your head a bit, I’ve read it three times now and I’m still not sure I fully get it, but it’s mostly resolved by the end. Even with having read The Black Glove before, it still feels like there’s bits I’ve missed, mostly the meditative state (the Thogal it’s called?) that batman goes through. Is this what happened during 52 or is just something that happened off panel?Love the DC Universe short with the Joker as well. Almost feels like a homage to the opening of the killing joke but with Morrisons own twist to it

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-02-27 07:26

    Batman RIP may be the greatest Batman book ever. The Dark Knight goes up against the Black Glove in a tense final confrontation with their leader Dr Hurt. You can read my article on the 9 Reasons Why Batman RIP is a Masterpiece here!

  • Jesse A
    2019-03-05 03:27

    Difficult to review and rate. Morrison needs someone to focus him. Great concept, great art, so all over the place.

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    2019-03-22 05:27

    This is filled with brilliant ideas. Grant Morrison does an absolutely unique job in delivering a compelling and strong story arc. To truly devour this monster of a volume and savour its every little moment, you have to go through Morrison's previous runs (The Black Casebook, Batman And Son, The Black Glove). A lot of references are made to the previous issues and make Batman R.I.P. a much more fun ride.The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh and Batmite are probably the most funkiest thing that has ever been integrated into the Batman universe so seamlessly. The way that they were introduced however was completely believable and definitely compliments the story that was conveyed. Having the Black Glove, a villain that is presented as being far more superior than Batman, intellectually at least, does give some great freedom for Morrison to present the Club of Villains and their overall plan into breaking Batman. I definitely enjoyed how he went on to explore the identity side of Batman's character. Playing along those lines made Batman R.I.P. an absolute classic.The last two issues were also brilliant. Grant Morrison does an impeccable job at summarizing the life of Batman and showcasing what kind of burden Batman lives with to this date. The weight of such a thing would normally kill any man, and that very idea was conveyed beautifully. Speaking of beautiful, the artwork in Grant Morrison's Batman run continues to deliver stunning panels. We are talking about Grant Morrison though. Expect yourself to be brought into a confusing world of comics.P.S. A full review to comeYours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog:

  • Mizuki
    2019-03-17 02:38

    I like the artwork and the dialogues a lot, the story is quite okay too, I enjoy reading Batman's struggle very step of the way (Sorry! But I seem to have a kink for Batman's suffering!). Yet, I still have a few problems:(1) The villains: aside from the Joker (who is totally awesome, as usual), the gang of villains is made up by a bunch of B-rate or C-rate villains who I had never heard of before (but I haven't read so many Batman comics to know enough about the villains in the series, so don't kill me!). Don't get me wrong, many of those villains seem to be interesting characters with cool settings, but Dr. Hurt as the evil mastermind!? Who the hell is Dr. Hurt? No, I'm not buying it.(2) I have difficulty telling Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson (Nightwings), Damon Wayne(the later Robin) and Tim Drake (the current Robin) apart: Why must all these guys to be so alike with one another? It makes no sense.(3) Batman in his underwear: Does anyone really want to see this? I know I don't.(4) Some plot points of the story isn't well explained and the story telling can be rather choppy: Maybe it is just me, but I had to re-read some parts of the story for the second time just to understand what is going on.Still, I enjoy this volume.

  • Adam Bender
    2019-03-25 08:16

    Morrison continues to alienate by exploring the most obscure aspects of Batman history in "Batman: R.I.P." A major plot point requires knowledge of "The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh," a character that appeared once in a comic from 1958. Bat-Mite, who to my knowledge also hasn't appeared since the '50s, also plays a prominent role. It feels as if Morrison is writing for himself and not his readers.The book makes even less sense if you haven't read all the Morrison-penned Batman comics preceding this, including "Batman and Son" and "The Black Glove." I read those, and Batman R.I.P. still barely makes sense. Oh, and if you want a real conclusion to this book, you actually also have to read Final Crisis.The apparent "death" of Batman here is not nearly as satisfying as two previous Batman stories in which a villain manages to break the Dark Knight: Namely, "Batman: Knightfall" and "Batman: The Cult."Unless you are really into spiritual philosophy and get a kick out of references to weird sci-fi comics from the 1950s, skip ahead to Scott Snyder's excellent work on Batman.

  • Anne
    2019-03-05 01:42

    Really 3.5 stars, but only because of the art. The story was wacky.

  • Trekscribbler
    2019-03-07 06:19

    Contrary to what some folks will tell you, there are plenty of differences between what draws a reader to a good Batman story (or any Batman comics, for that matter) versus some of the other costumed hero tales out there, but most fans can agree on one central premise: what keeps the reader coming back to Batman stories is the fact that, at the core, lies a character who is driven by his own private psychology -- the desire to face evil at his own peril -- over and over and over again. Batman is the real character in this world, and Bruce Wayne is the facade, and the costumed freaks he faces venture into equally treacherous territory with each subsequent outing ... but, in the end, one can't help but ask "at what cost?" Grant Morrison has finally provided an answer to that central theme that's equally supported and plagued Batman since his inception seven decades ago, and, like any good story, it's been delivered with measured portions of greatness, silliness (these are comic books, after all), pity, and pathos in BATMAN R.I.P., the tale that many media outlets have openly advertised as the final death of Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. I'll save discussing the ending -- a troubling choice, I know, but I'm trying to respect the reader's right to privacy without spoiling anything earth-shaking -- but I will say that it wasn't quite what industry mags and professional reviewers said it would be, not far off the mark, but more than a few feet shy of a fieldgoal, too. Confused? You should be, because this is Grant Morrison's story -- not Batman's or Bruce Wayne's -- as one writer who's had a pretty solid career delivering the kinds of characters and situations one would expect from a veteran of comic book prose. In short, Batman's crossed a few lines here: much like the events depicted in the first third of KNIGHTFALL (the last massive coordinated multi-arc event to promise 'the breaking of the Bat'), he's pushed himself to his physical and psychological limits. He's made some choices -- bringing a new love into his life and, even, the BatCave -- that are a bit out-of-character, but he's done so because of 'where' and 'who' he is in the life of Bruce Wayne as much as he is Batman. Those around him -- Alfred, Nightwing, Robin, etc. -- show open concern (if not mild contempt) for some of these choices, but they've always had to tide themselves over with knowing that Batman was going to do what Batman was going to do, despite their protestations, and get on with their lives. However, Bruce's choices do come back to haunt himself, and once's he deprived the psychological facade of 'Bruce Wayne' he can hide behind, Batman is left to roam the streets of Gotham City -- compliments of a drug-induced haze administered by the Black Glove's gang -- trying to put not so much his life back together as he does his psyche. Now, telling this kind of story -- a mental lapse and possible recovery -- is never an easy thing to do, so hats off to Morrison for giving it the bard's attempt, but there are parts of R.I.P. that make little sense. While under the influence, did Batman actually see these things he believes he sees -- did he actually do some of these things he believes he did -- or is it all in his imagination? The reader's led to believe that one or two of the elements may not have happened the way Bruce/Batman recalls them, so what can be made of them? Did they occur as they were drawn, or are they manifestations of the hero's subconscious? There's no definitive line drawn here -- most like a deliberate device of the writer -- and, in the end, some muddying of the waters serves the story here. It's to be expected. However, I found it hard to accept Batman's broken psyche given the fact that, once the pieces start coming together, they come together relatively quickly. If that's the case, then how far did he truly fall? Wouldn't that uphill climb be a little more difficult? Also, the supporting players here (namely Nightwing and Robin) spend a panel or two talking about how exhausted Batman looks, but the man's actions don't seem quite true, if that's the case. One would expect more of a struggle through that recovery process, and, without spoiling the conclusion (and some pretty nifty character twists regarding the past of Bruce Wayne and his family), I found it hard to accept much of the events of the last third. Plus, come to postscript (a little two-part story that presents an encapsulated history of the Batman up until these events), it's hard to know if Morrison truly told a tale about R.I.P. ... or being R.I.P.P.E.D. off. Controversy aside, R.I.P. isn't exactly a great jumping on point for new Bat-readers. There are a handful of characters and situations here given very little backstory (one of my chief complaints against graphic novel collections). As a long-time Bat-reader (cripes, is it going on 30 years already?), I can think of many other arcs I've enjoyed much more than this one, but R.I.P. does serve what it set out to do: it presents a solid mystery/adventure of everyone's favorite hero-on-the-edge choosing what he does so well -- to serve justice -- when his best interest may be to hang up that suit for good. Of course, the Batman can never die. Even if Bruce Wayne did hang it up, someone else would rise up to wear the mantle of the Bat. Everyone knows that going in. Despite that shortcoming, R.I.P. is a solid yarn, if not a bit incomplete ... much like Batman's psyche.

  • Hannah Lozier
    2019-02-27 07:33

    Easily one of the worst Batman arcs ever written, Batman R.I.P. is a bullshit jambalaya that showcases infamous tool Grant Morrison trying to prove he has even a toddler's grasp of characterization and the English language.From start to finish, this arc is a rollercoaster; but not the emotional kind. No. Batman R.I.P. is a rollercoaster that someone else straps you into, blindfolded, and at no point do its dimensions, intentions, or thematic arcs become any clearer than in the moment you realize that some asshole blindfolded you and put you on a rollercoaster. From the very beginning, it's never really clear what the fuck is going on, or why. Events and characters seem to be summoned out of the abyss for no reason. The central antagonists seem to be conjured out of thin fucking air and never do anything to distinguish themselves. The plot seems to carry on with no rhyme or reason, jerking drunkenly from present to future to not-so-distant past without any warning or notification that it's done so. It's a mess. Batman R.I.P. is a fucking mess. It's barely worth seriously reviewing, that's what a fucking mess it is. So instead of dignifying this pile of trash with real, in-depth commentary, let me just share with you my posts as I live-blogged my reading it:I've been reading Batman R.I.P. for all of ten minutes and I already hate itJesus Christ I hate it so much what is thisThis is the biggest bullshit casserole I've ever been presented with, I'm seriousTim is literally the only person in character how is this possible. How do you even fuck up this badlyI'm just flabbergasted. How did this even make it to print? How did anyone look at this and say "yeah. Okay. This seems representative of the Batman franchise. Go for it"On a scale of 1 to Batman R.I.P. how conceptually misguided and out of character is your fan fictionSo do editors even exist in the comic book industry or is it all just neckbearded manchildren masturbating onto expensive paper and congratulating one another on itI mean it's one thing to just throw character consistency out the window but like…Do you people even like BatmanBecause no one who likes Batman would be seen within 10 miles of Batman R.I.P.And, in summation:Batman R.I.P. is literally a marathon of insanity. I don’t know what’s happening and I don’t know why and I really don’t even care anymore. Everything is Grant Morrison using big words to obscure the glaringly obvious fact that he couldn’t write a fucking fortune cookie if his life depended on it, very less string together a coherent narrative starring one of the most iconic characters in Western fictionThat this has a rating as high as it does on Goodreads is a serious insult to the entire Batman franchise. I mean it. This arc is trash. If I could rate it lower than one star, I would. The Halle Barry Catwoman movie is more worth your time and emotional investment, and better written to boot. Do not read this.

  • Sophie
    2019-03-19 09:43

    Do not read this without having read "Batman & Son" and "The Black Glove" first. Reading this for the second time, I can't believe I actually read it the first time. It's no wonder I was horribly confused back then. Then, the R.I.P. storyline was the... let me check my notes... it was the 19th Batman-related book (back then I read the individual issues but I count that as one book anyway) I'd read, if you count "Crisis on Infinite Earths". Although I have to admit that one didn't help me much with understanding anything. I think I can count myself lucky that I was reading that "Physics of Superheroes" back then, because I think it was there that I learned about Batmite for the first time, which certainly helped at one bit during R.I.P. But truth be told, it all blurs together now.In any case, what is obvious to me now, after having done quite some catching up in the meantime, and especially after reading all of Grant Morrison's run in the correct order, is that he's using a lot of stuff from way back, and that this is his way of saying goodbye to Bruce Wayne. (For however long that lasts, but I'm not thinking about this right now, nuh-uh.) I'm a bit conflicted about all this. I get the people who say that he was trying to do too much, which resulted in quite a lot of confusion. But on the other hand, there are moments of such utter brilliance and "rightness" that I'm willing to overlook that. I do have to say that the plot as such isn't as intriguing as it could have been. There are some absolutely horrifying moments, and we suffer with Bruce and the boys, but that's because it's them, not because the story is *that* terrific.Nevertheless I'm giving this one four stars. Because of the heart-stopping moments that make you think twice about what is actually going on (does JJ have a point during her speech in the cave, for example?) and especially because of the two-parter at the end, and even more especially because of the last three pages and Alfred's speech.

  • JB
    2019-03-24 02:30

    I really enjoyed this story! I love the Alex Ross cover. The book begins beautifully. Batman is visiting the Joker in Arkham Assylum. Joker knows more about the Black Glove and tells Batman something using a deck of cards (What else right? He is the Joker after all). The panels on these first three pages are just great. Tony S. Daniel nails it. The use of coloring is great aswell. After the prologue the story begins with an glimpse of Batman's foes in this story and the ending of Batman and Son. Batman and Robin are in hot pursuit of a motor (Batman's words not mine). I love the panel where you see a kid, who is one of the people being kidnapped by this moron, looking through the back window of the car and after he sees the head lights of Batmobile, says "Dude. You are so dead". After that we get a beautiful two page spread of the new Batmobile. To those who have read Batman and Son, this is old news. This is all show in the back of that book. It's a great way to start this story. After this Batman is taken for what might be the craziest, most challenging "ride" of his career. The plot is to intrecate to explain or summarize without doing it injustice. It does really pay of if you've read the Black Casebook. You see where Grant Morrison found his inspitration and he builds those stories further throughout his run. A must read for Bat fans. You haven't read anything like this before. I do suggest you read the Black Casebook before reading this. It makes the experience that much better.

  • Michelle Cristiani
    2019-03-04 08:32

    The downside: you can guess it. It's all over the place, not just in timeline but in character and story development. Sometimes I think it's Morrison's genius but here I think it's just weak at the joints. I rarely meet a Bruce Wayne romance I like (and NO, it's not because I'm jealous of the girl). Bruce goes positively mushy here and exposes all kinds of secrets to his new love. And what do you know, she's a bad guy. Too easy.The upside is that it does pay excellent tribute to what we expect Batman to be. He thinks of everything under the sun, and whatever villians try to do to him, he's already figured out how to beat it. This is great for a theme like mind-control, because the reader is surprised to find that Batman had a failsafe, in case his mind was ever corrupted.The end section (that in true fashion, predates the story) where Batman undergoes an experiment is part brilliant, part lazy. Though I buy that he would attempt any mental stress that would strengthen him, I don't buy that he would expose his identity to anyone, be it goverment or not. But, the storyline of how he - and Gotham - would fare had his parents not been killed is a fabulous story (and art) to behold. And that his mental stress breaks down the later evil experiment gives you more respect for the character. So in all, the ideas are superb, but the execution flawed.

  • Michael
    2019-03-02 02:35

    If you read this at the time with a lot of the supporting titles it was actually a pretty good bunch of comics. Unfortunately this is just the Grant Morrison issues from the core Batman title. Individually the issues are a bit of a mixed bag with some quite really good stuff,(mainly late on in the run), dark, insane and sometimes cleverly funny, with some spiffy artwork. Unfortunately with so many of the jigsaw pieces not included here this book makes very little sense.

  • Steven
    2019-03-11 09:33

    Batman RIP: WTH?Morrison's capable of doing incredible things (Doom Patrol, Invisibles), but his Batman work is a bit off the rails from the get-go. Not recommended.

  • Kenny
    2019-02-28 03:16

    It struck me today that Grant Morrison must love opera. Why? Because he’s constructed Batman R.I.P. as if it were a grand Wagnerian Opera – vast, romantic and filled with legend. Grant Morrison’s Batman R.I.P. is a masterpiece. To that point there is no doubt. Batman R.I.P. is a challenging read. It’s one of the reasons why it’s such a great Batman book because it has so many layers and interpretations, not to mention ingenious storytelling methods and an enormous amount of imaginative scenes and ideas all thrown in and mixed together by a genius writer at the top of his game. But it’s not a standalone book. You need to have read Batman: The Black Casebook, Batman and Son and Batman: The Black Glove before coming to Batman R.I.P. to get the most out of it. If you read this as a standalone book – and it’s not really meant to be read as such – then you’re going to be confused, and I think some people read it this way and their confusion manifested in anger. Batman R.I.P. is a demanding read and Morrison’s books have, more than many others, shown how comic books, particularly superhero comic books, can be as intellectual and complex as any contemporary novel. To this end, the stories are unlike other Batman books and tend not to follow a linear plot or an obvious message, and this can bother some people. As I said, I think this book is a masterpiece, but I understand why this book is divisive among comic fans.To understand Batman RIP you need to know a couple of things about Morrison’s intent with this series. First off, Batman can never be beaten, and that the only way you beat Batman is to get Bruce to stop being Batman. Once he puts on the cowl, he’s invincible – so take away the cowl. Second, he posits that every Batman story that has ever been, counts. It all happened to this one man and the person Batman is today is because of every single one of those experiences. So, Batman 66 or those weird 1950s sci-fi stories about aliens – every single story really happened and they happened to make Batman who he is today. Morrison deals with all of Batman’s history and somehow makes it all fit. Years ago, Batman took part in an isolation experiment in the Himalayas called Thogal which lasted several days in an effort to train him for death – and the possibility of overcoming it! During this ordeal Bruce hallucinates all kinds of Batman adventures he and Robin went on like the Adam West and Burt Ward Batman years and the out-there 1950s stuff. This Thogal sequence is essential to the plot as it’s where Bruce develops the Zur-En-Arrh personality, but it’s also an ingenious way of explaining how all of Batman’s bizarre decades-long history fit into the creation of this one man and have it make sense. It’s such a brilliant idea by Morrison, it needs to be acknowledged.Right away, Morrison kicks things off with maybe the most defining Batman scene you can have: Batman and Joker in a room talking to one another. You’ll notice the black and red color scheme, alternating with each panel, to make the page look like a checkerboard – this comes into play later and ties into one of the book’s themes – while Joker plays a dead man’s hand with his cards: red 8, black ace, red 8, black ace. This is Joker’s answer to Batman’s question: who is the Black Glove? Take the 8th and 1st letters of the alphabet and spell it out:H. A. H. A.And it begins.Soon we meet a broken Bruce Wayne one who becomes the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh and his sidekick, Batmite. Zur-En-Arrh was a real storyline from the 1950s Batman comics where there was a planet with two Batmen and he was super-strong, invulnerable and immortal. Again to make sense of this you must read The Black Casebook, published alongside Batman R.I.P. that collects the stories that inspired Morrison. Dressed in red, yellow and purple (almost like Robin’s colors), Batman and the impish Batmite – a floating, cartoonish figure whom only Batman, zonked out on drugs, can see – set about figuring out who he is and what’s going on. They see a giant grid on the Gotham skyline – a checkerboard grid – with each grid representing a piece of Batman, an experience, a storyline, all of which make up the whole. (This is a small detail I loved but Bruce carries with him a broken AM/FM radio he calls the Bat-Radia which tells him things – an insane, but amazing touch). This leads to Zur-En-Arrh fighting Joker on a checkerboard floor, Jezebel Jet revealing she is part of the Black Glove, and the “death” of Batman. The checkerboard, the red and black, life and death, Batman and Bruce Wayne, it all ties together.One of the last images we see is of Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing, holding the cowl, setting up Act 2 of Morrison’s operatic Batman run where Dick and Damian will be the new Batman and Robin. The next time we see Bruce is in Final Crisis where he confronts Darkseid.I want to mention Damian and Talia, both of whom barely feature in this book but when they do are amazing. When Gordon goes to Wayne Manor, he’s saved by Damian who destroys the Black Glove’s traps and is also invited to join Talia and Damian as they investigate the whereabouts of Batman. I love Damian’s character because I know the kind of adventures he and Dick are going to get up to in later books, but I think his brief moments in this book are really funny and add an unexpected humor to this generally doom-laden atmosphere. Talia too has a great scene at the end as she deals with Jezebel Jet by sending her manbat ninjas – from Batman and Son – after her private plane to enact her retribution.Following the Batman/Joker dead man’s hand prologue is a page where a young Bruce Wayne is shown screaming in the rain and a massive quote announces: “What We Are About To Do Will Be A Work Of Art” And Batman R.I.P. is a work of art -- the best kind of art.

  • Tom Waters
    2019-03-17 04:39

    It’s safe to say that there’s a fine line between genius and madness and in Grant Morrison’s case, there is no line separating the two whatsoever. My buddy Ian told me that he read an interview about Morrison where he was quoted as saying that aliens gave him his plotlines for the next ten years while he was tripping his face off on mushrooms while vacationing on a tropical island somewhere. I’m not sure if there’s any truth to that story, but it would certainly make a lot of sense. After reading Batman R.I.P. (DC, $24.99), nothing would surprise me. I’ll go one step further and say that if it takes mushrooms to write as often as he does, I’d almost be willing to come out of 17 year retirement and start shoveling bags of them into my mouth. Everyone told me that the story was awful. Everyone was wrong. The R.I.P. storyline is another great example of how trade reprints tell a more cohesive story than single issues. If I’d read this arc in the monthlies, I’m positive that I’d have no idea what the hell was going on. In addition, R.I.P. isn’t your casual reader’s Batman. It’s Dark Knight 404. The tale is complex, engrossing, deep and clearly insane at times in a good way. The story is almost designed to spark psychosis, unease and a feeling of insanity in the reader and Morrison respects us enough not to spoon-feed decades of history into our mouths like so much bland baby mush. He assumes that we’ve read as much Batman as he has and in my case, he’s right. Over the course of the book, multiple stories and entire eras are referenced through quick snapshots with little to no explanation before bolting onward with one of the most bat-shit crazy character arcs I’ve read in some time. Batman is overworked, overstressed, oversexed and on the brink of schizophrenia looking for any clue, connection or trace of the Black Glove’s involvement in a vast conspiracy to destroy his life from the very foundations. In the wake of the deplorable Resurrection Of Rha’s Al Ghul plot line (don’t bother if you haven’t read it), the Detective has forged a deep relationship with Jezebelle Jet. With the people closest to him questioning his sanity and his around the clock work ethic, Batman (driven to desperation) seeks the Joker’s advice by requesting a divination. Robin, Alfred, Night Wing and Commissioner Gordon wonder if he’s on the brink of complete collapse when his supposed delusions come true and the Black Glove strikes with calculated timing and hits him where he lives. A code word triggers a deeply suggested alternate personality that removes the Bruce Wayne personality completely from the Batman equation and he literally loses his mind. It’s like the old adage: You’re not paranoid if everybody’s looking at you. Not only is R.I.P. more master thesis in everything Batman than any storyline I’ve read since Arkham Asylum, but having a former history with mind-altering drugs or insanity is practically a required prerequisite for the reader. I can see how most people would misinterpret or become angry with the story. I found it incredible. After kidnapping Jet, strapping Night Wing down to a gurney and prepping him for a lobotomy, we find out hero wandering the streets with no memory of his former life pumped full of crystal meth and analyzing his supposed homelessness with the observational skills that have served him so well over the years. Against all hope, this drug-addled hobo defaults to a scarier, crazier version of the Batman where his moral compass (Bruce Wayne) never existed and goes after the people responsible with a relentless enthusiasm. The beauty of this story is that Morrison actually pulls off a Bat Mite cameo by turning him into Batman’s delusionary sidekick. In the context of the story, it’s pretty goddamned believable. By the halfway mark, R.I.P. had me addicted. There’s a point of no return in the book where you’re not sure who’s crazier, Batman or the Joker. We discover that the Black Glove has plotted Batman’s downfall for a number of years to prepare for an annual bet that dates back to the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne and that they’ve contracted the Joker to complete the task under the assumption that he’d abide by anyone’s wishes but his own. The Black Glove is foolish in this assumption, and Morrison gives us one of the scariest and cunning versions of the Joker’s that I’ve seen since Killing Joke. Like much of Alan Moore’s work in comics, Morrison addresses continuity issues by presenting a believable theory about the Joker’s diagnosis: he recreates his personality from the ground up every time he walks out of Arkham Asylum. Occassionally, he’s a colorful crime boss with bad props. Many times he’s a deceptively intelligent mass murderer who’s methods and motives are apparent only to him. Morrison also theorizes that the human spirit is steadfast enough to persevere even under impossible odds and rigorous depravation by relying on a backup identity, like a computer’s hard drive. This is a high concept epic that dabbles with multiple themes and draws on centuries of mythology and mysticism. There were a few cases in the book where my concentration was off and I didn’t grasp what was going on completely. Much like Morrison’s ground-breaking Arkham Asylum, the story is designed to be analyzed through multiple re-reads. If Arkham is any indicator, I’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the book over time and take a different interpretation or discovery away from it every time I come back to it. R.I.P. is the farthest thing from light reading for Batman novices. It’s also much better than the heresay and conjecture of fellow comic fans. I would only recommend this book to those who have one entire box (or more) of Batman comics. It’s an amazing tale that proves Grant Morrison’s talent as a comic writer as well as his obvious insanity, which has paid off financially and creatively. You don’t have to have multiple diagnoses or a bag of psilocybin mushrooms on standby when you read R.I.P., but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

  • Lyric
    2019-03-21 08:24

    So the BATMAN R.I.P. saga wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. While the artwork is fantastic, the story was kind of hard to follow. I didn't like the fact that Batman was going crazy (again), I believe that he is a much better hero when he is in his right mind (or as right of mind as Batman gets). The best part of this series is the Joker. The artist drew the Joker with a tall slender almost Marylin Manson quality. The writing for the Joker was the best in this saga as well, I felt that the character development that they decided to go with for the Clown Prince was perfect. "I keep building mouse traps and this guy just keeps coming up with better mice." Brilliant. I did not like The Black Glove. I thought he violated a lot of the comic villain rules and I found him to be a little too brutal. I guess he had to be though if he was going to be the one to finally kill Batman. I find that I haven't been a fan of recent comic books. The heroes and villains have both fallen a little too far from grace for my liking. I miss the good old days when the villains were just robbing banks and Batman (or other hero) would kick their butts and leave them for the police. Justice was served and the hero was exonerated. Nowadays the villain kidnaps the hero's wife and kills and rapes her and the hero has to go on a quest for vengeance and tear the villain's throat out. It all seems a little too unnecessary to me. I am calling for my old heroes to come back. Heroes that stood for truth and justice. Heroes who refuse to use guns because they are a symbol of violence. Heroes that use their powers/ skills to better the human race (or universe). I want heroes that fight for those who can not fight for themselves. I demand a recall on this new breed of comic book. I want the glory days of comic books to make a come back. The old heroes gave the people hope. With the state that the world is in right now, we don't need heroes who breed hate... we need heroes to give us hope. P.S. THE WATCHMEN is the worst comic/ superhero movie and it goes against everything that comic books were created for.

  • Sunil
    2019-03-13 05:28

    The conclusion to Grant Morrison's epic storyline is more satisfying than I expected, largely because it effectively pulls together a lot of the elements from Batman: Batman and Son and Batman: The Black Glove, particularly weird shit that didn't seem important at the time, showing that he really was leading up to this all along, which I appreciated. I know that Morrison's whole deal is that basically EVERYTHING IS CANON, and since I don't know EVERYTHING, I had no idea what was original and what was riffing on continuity, but, for the most part, the story held together on its own merits, as we see the Black Glove utterly destroy Batman and Batman fight back in the most unusual way. Unusual and kind of awesome. And ridiculous. And awesomely ridiculous. Really, though, it's the Joker's role in the story that makes the book. Grant Morrison's Joker sounds like Mark Hamill in my head but is definitely not for kids.I'm kind of impressed with Morrison for writing such a challenging piece for a mainstream comic. It's some fucking weird, trippy shit, full of psychological horror and an examination of Batman's identity, especially the two post-R.I.P. issues that basically recount his entire career as a sort of postmortem eulogy that...also there is some other weird shit going on in there that I didn't quite get, which is why the book doesn't get the full five stars, which I was kind of willing to give it on the strength of the R.I.P. story, even though it's weird and fucked-up. As I said when I began, Grant Morrison's take on Batman is certainly...ambitious.