History ComicBook / GrantMorrisonsBatman

25th Dec '15 5:41:19 PM nombretomado
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Yet being published in at least one, then two, book(s) continuously for 70 years presents two problems: (1) how to keep the character of Batman interesting and (2) how to keep the character from becoming too esoteric as time goes on. Batman, like most of the DCU, had at least two attempts to reconcile this, by first separating the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Batman from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Batman and then later by partially rebooting Batman's history with the {{Crisis Crossover}}s of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''ComicBook/ZeroHour''.
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Yet being published in at least one, then two, book(s) continuously for 70 years presents two problems: (1) how to keep the character of Batman interesting and (2) how to keep the character from becoming too esoteric as time goes on. Batman, like most of the DCU, had at least two attempts to reconcile this, by first separating the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Batman from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Batman and then later by partially rebooting Batman's history with the {{Crisis Crossover}}s of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''ComicBook/ZeroHour''.

* ContinuityLockout: The run is famous for liberally referencing the wackiness of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks; however, many of those comics have fallen into obscurity over the years. In an attempt to avert this trope, DC put out ''The Black Casebook'', a collection of several of those Silver Age comics, including the first appearances of the Batmen of All Nations and Bat-Mite.
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* ContinuityLockout: The run is famous for liberally referencing the wackiness of TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks; UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks; however, many of those comics have fallen into obscurity over the years. In an attempt to avert this trope, DC put out ''The Black Casebook'', a collection of several of those Silver Age comics, including the first appearances of the Batmen of All Nations and Bat-Mite.

** Hey, remember all those old SilverAge stories where Batman visited other worlds? Well, it turns out those were all true (albeit actually hallucinations brought on by sensory deprivation).
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** Hey, remember all those old SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] stories where Batman visited other worlds? Well, it turns out those were all true (albeit actually hallucinations brought on by sensory deprivation).

* RedHerringShirt: During R.I.P., the "Bat-Radia" which the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh had turned out to have been more important than anyone thought. Previously in the arc, it was just thought as being another call back to the SilverAge.
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* RedHerringShirt: During R.I.P., the "Bat-Radia" which the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh had turned out to have been more important than anyone thought. Previously in the arc, it was just thought as being another call back to the SilverAge.UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.
4th Dec '15 3:52:05 AM OmarKarindu
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* ArcWelding: A particularly epic example, as everything from the origin of Vandal Savage to various wacky 1960s adventures are tied together as the work of [[spoiler: Darkseid's Hyper-Adaptor and its eventual host, Simon Hurt/Thomas Wayne.]]

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** The minor [[TheReveal reveal]] that [[spoiler: El Penitente]] is [[spoiler: Simon Hurt]] is foreshadowed by his use of [[spoiler: inverted religious motifs, just as he did with his "AntiChrist Batman" the last time out. After all, he is a former Puritan turned pseudo-devil-worshipper.]]
28th Nov '15 5:00:50 PM OmarKarindu
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** Lord Death Man, a villain from Japan in ''Batman, Inc.'', originally appeared in the 1960s licensed ''Manga/{{Batman}}'' manga, but had become a BreakoutVillain in the US fandom when selections of the manga were translated into English and published in the US in 2008. At the end of the second issue, after [[spoiler:Jiro has become Batman Japan]], we also see Professor Gorilla, another one of the original villains from the manga.
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** Lord **[[ZigZaggedTrope Zig Zagged]] withLord Death Man, a villain from Japan in ''Batman, Inc.'', originally '' While he is identified with [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Batman_Vol_1_180 the earlier villain "Death Man,"]] he's far more closely based on the version who appeared in the 1960s licensed ''Manga/{{Batman}}'' manga, but had become a BreakoutVillain in the US fandom when selections of the manga were translated into English and published in the US in 2008. At the end of the second issue, after [[spoiler:Jiro has become Batman Japan]], we also see Professor Gorilla, another one of the original villains from the manga. (Who was also loosely based on a one-off villain from [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Detective_Comics_Vol_1_339 an earlier American comic.]])
27th Nov '15 3:09:32 AM Nohbody
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[[{{DC Comics}} Detective Comics]] published the first story of "The Bat-Man" in May of 1939, written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane. In the years since then, Franchise/{{Batman}} has become one of DC's premier superheroes; along with Franchise/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman, Batman comprises a vital part of [[PowerTrio DC's Trinity]]. And in the decades that have followed his debut, the Caped Crusader has been influenced by a slew of great artists and writers; each having a unique interpretation of the character and a good number leaving a lasting impression on the Dark Knight and his world.
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[[{{DC Comics}} [[Creator/DCComics Detective Comics]] published the first story of "The Bat-Man" in May of 1939, written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane. In the years since then, Franchise/{{Batman}} has become one of DC's premier superheroes; along with Franchise/{{Superman}} and WonderWoman, Batman comprises a vital part of [[PowerTrio DC's Trinity]]. And in the decades that have followed his debut, the Caped Crusader has been influenced by a slew of great artists and writers; each having a unique interpretation of the character and a good number leaving a lasting impression on the Dark Knight and his world.

* BecauseImJonesy: In the third issue of the [[spoiler:''Return of Bruce Wayne'']] miniseries, a time-displaced character washes up on a beach in 1718, and is taken for the notorious masked pirate whose ship has just been sunk. One of the characters gathered around narrates: -->As for the stranger, of him I knew one sure thing only. He could not possibly be the Black Pirate.

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* BecauseImJonesy: ConfrontingYourImposter: In the third issue of the [[spoiler:''Return of Bruce Wayne'']] miniseries, a time-displaced character washes up on a beach in 1718, and is taken for the notorious masked pirate whose ship has just been sunk. One of the characters gathered around narrates: -->As for the stranger, of him I knew one sure thing only. He could not possibly be the Black Pirate.
26th Nov '15 11:55:46 AM ecuvulle6267
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* WordSaladHorror: Professor Pyg. He's a somewhat more realistic depiction of insanity than most of Batman's foes in that most of what he says is complete gibberish. --> "On Mondays it's Tiamat ''this'' and Tiamat ''that.'' Tohu va Bohu and ''boo-hoo-hoo.'' On Tuesdays the Gorgon Queen comes to visit, a thousand writhing ''snakes'' for hair. That's what it's like to grow upside down in a world where a ''hug'' is a ''crucifixion''..."
27th Oct '15 8:34:31 PM biznizz
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Talia, Dr. Dedalus, the Heretic, and Leviathan as a whole have been destroyed, but Damian and Knight died in the process. Ra's al-Ghul has been freed from his prison and is setting to work reforming the League of Assassins, The Joker has reinvented himself and will continue to do so as long as he lives, and attempts to investigate Spyral will most likely result in nothing of real note, meaning that they'll all get away with their crimes. Dr. Hurt and the Black Glove have been defeated, Jason has redeemed himself as the new Wingman, and Squire takes on Knight's mantle. Kathy Kane is actually alive but her and Batman will never be together again. Batman Inc. go their separate ways having saved the world, but all feeling that the cost was too great. In the end Batman himself, though devastated by Damian's death, refuses to give up and sets to work protecting Gotham and the world once more being ready, willing, and able to save everyone... [[InspirationalMartyr except himself]].]]
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Talia, Dr. Dedalus, the Heretic, and Leviathan as a whole have been destroyed, but Damian and Knight died in the process. Ra's al-Ghul has been freed from his prison and is setting to work reforming the League of Assassins, The Joker has reinvented himself and will continue to do so as long as he lives, and attempts to investigate Spyral will most likely result in nothing of real note, meaning that they'll all get away with their crimes.crimes[[note]]and will lead him to become desperate enough to send his olden surrogate son as a double agent later on[[/note]]. Dr. Hurt and the Black Glove have been defeated, Jason has redeemed himself in the eyes of the Bat-Family by temporarily acting as the new Wingman, and Squire takes on Knight's mantle. Kathy Kane is actually alive but her and Batman will never be together again. Batman Inc. go their separate ways having saved the world, but all feeling that the cost was too great. In the end Batman himself, though devastated by Damian's death, refuses to give up and sets to work protecting Gotham and the world once more being ready, willing, and able to save everyone... [[InspirationalMartyr except himself]].]]

** Beyond the Club of Heroes, there's also Morrison's reworking of Kathy Kane, the first Batwoman, in ''Batman Incorporated'' #4. Originally a circus stuntwoman who inherited money from a dead uncle and later becoming a token "girlfriend figure" for Batman, here, Kathy Kane (nee Web) was a stuntwoman, an underground film director, and an author before she married Nathan Kane. After he died, Kathy was approached by a representative of the spy organization called Spyral, and joined as part of an investigation into the life of Batman. Kathy legitimately fell in love with Batman and decided to quit Spyral after learning the organization was run by Otto Netz, a.k.a. Doctor Daedalus. [[spoiler: And is possibly her birth father. Kathy is still good, only now she's become the Headmistress of Spyral and has been acting as a mole in Leviathan along with her young operatives. She ends up shooting Talia in the head.]]
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** Beyond the Club of Heroes, there's also Morrison's reworking of Kathy Kane, the first Batwoman, in ''Batman Incorporated'' #4. Originally a circus stuntwoman who inherited money from a dead uncle and later becoming a token "girlfriend figure" for Batman, here, Kathy Kane (nee Web) was a stuntwoman, an underground film director, and an author before she married Nathan Kane. After he died, Kathy was approached by a representative of the spy organization called Spyral, and joined as part of an investigation into the life of Batman. Kathy legitimately fell in love with Batman and decided to quit Spyral after learning the organization was run by Otto Netz, a.k.a. Doctor Daedalus. [[spoiler: And is possibly her birth father. Kathy is still good, only now she's become the Headmistress of Spyral Spyral/Agent Zero and has been acting as a mole in Leviathan along with her young operatives. She ends up shooting Talia in the head.]]
10th Oct '15 9:33:01 AM nombretomado
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** Batman Japan's post-{{New 52}} costume was explicitly inspired by that of the original Series/KamenRider, [[WordOfGod according to the artist]].
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** Batman Japan's post-{{New post-ComicBook/{{New 52}} costume was explicitly inspired by that of the original Series/KamenRider, [[WordOfGod according to the artist]].
4th Oct '15 11:11:52 AM nombretomado
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** [[TheDarkKnightReturns Mutants]] also make an appearance in ''Batman Incorporated #1'', indecipherable slang and all.
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** [[TheDarkKnightReturns [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns Mutants]] also make an appearance in ''Batman Incorporated #1'', indecipherable slang and all.
15th Sep '15 9:07:04 PM nombretomado
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Yet being published in at least one, then two, book(s) continuously for 70 years presents two problems: (1) how to keep the character of Batman interesting and (2) how to keep the character from becoming too esoteric as time goes on. Batman, like most of the DCU, had at least two attempts to reconcile this, by first separating the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Batman from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Batman and then later by partially rebooting Batman's history with the {{Crisis Crossover}}s of ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''ZeroHour''. In the wake of ''InfiniteCrisis'', Batman's history was rebooted yet again. But as the readers would soon discover, this reboot would not remove anything from Batman's past this time around; in fact the exact opposite occurred.
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Yet being published in at least one, then two, book(s) continuously for 70 years presents two problems: (1) how to keep the character of Batman interesting and (2) how to keep the character from becoming too esoteric as time goes on. Batman, like most of the DCU, had at least two attempts to reconcile this, by first separating the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Batman from the [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Batman and then later by partially rebooting Batman's history with the {{Crisis Crossover}}s of ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' and ''ZeroHour''.''ComicBook/ZeroHour''. In the wake of ''InfiniteCrisis'', ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'', Batman's history was rebooted yet again. But as the readers would soon discover, this reboot would not remove anything from Batman's past this time around; in fact the exact opposite occurred.
8th Sep '15 12:59:39 PM SolariusScorch
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