Batman Dies Tomorrow
Tomorrow, Batman #681 is finally released after weeks of delays and brings down the curtain to Batman RIP. The Grant Morrison-Tony Daniel story has been generating all manner of press, both here and abroad.
The BBC issued a story leading with, “Batman fans are set to discover whether the Caped Crusader is going to be killed off in his latest comic issue.” The storyline has had Batman and his allies menaced by a new foe, the Black Glove, who has been gunning for Batman behind-the-scenes for the last decade. The whys and wherefores remain to be revealed.
"What I am doing is a fate worse than death – things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all," Morrison said in the recent interview with Comic Book Resources.
The next two issues will be Neil Gaiman’s farewell to Batman, “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader”, echoing Alan Moore’s farewell to Superman, “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow”. After that, Daniel will write the Battle for the Cowl which will determine if Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake or someone else will become Batman. Bruce Wayne’s fate seems up in the air for dramatic purposes.
The biggest problem with the DC icons is that everyone knows Clark Kent, Diana Prince and Bruce Wayne may take vacations from their celebrated alter egos but always will wind up back in uniform.
Tomorrow, ComicMix takes a look at the stories that influenced Morrison.