I’ve never been a huge fan of Grant Morrison’s work. I feel he gets way too much credit for too few great books. He has a habit of very sloppy and confusing story telling which he compounds by wrapping his story arcs too soon. I can’t knock that he can definitely come up with some great premises, but delivering on them he rarely does.
Morrison’s run on Batman just concluded and from the outset my feelings towards it was that this was another Morrison hack job. That was UNTIL Batman R.I.P. began. Finally! I thought I could see where all the confusing, poorly written and rushed issues were leading up to. And what a great build up it was… it seemed like Morrison wasdestroying the very fundamental that made Bruce Wayne become Batman. How wrong I was.
I love when comic book writers really go back into a characters vast back-story looking for any yarn that can be untangled and sewn into some new story. Morrison was doing just that with this run on Batman, and actually doing a decent job of it up until the very end of R.I.P.
With what has been his M.O. for a while now Morrison fumbles the ball at the 10 yard line. He doesn’t give the readers the payoff we deserve by never revealing who the Dr. Simon Hurt truly is and by hastily tying up his loose ends with too few pages remaining. At the very least he could have gone the predictable route and had Dr. Hurt end up being Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s dead father) or or even Alfred. While at that point an obvious culprit, the ramifications it would have created for Batman as a character would have been unbelievable!
So at the end we’re left with a very sloppily written story and no pay off. Oh wait… Morrison did leave his us with the totally unbelievably written revelation that Batman has a bastard 10 year old son named Damian! Who just so happens to be a pointless character that I bet the next long term Batman scribe is already frothing at the mouth to kill off. Bravo! What a waste of some two dozen issues!
I can only hope that the next two issues of “Whatever happened to the caped crusader?”penned by the usually fantastic Neil Gaiman do truly mark a bold new direction in the Batman mythos and clean and tie up all of Morrison’s loose ends.- My Pal the Crook