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Tying into his other blockbuster stories of 2008 FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN: THE RESURRECTION OF RA'S AL GHUL, 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Saved by the artwork...
    ...even though it features a weird multi-colour costume, which makes sense (?) in the context of the story (?). Ah Grant Morrison, what happened? I had such high hopes for your Batman run....more info
  • R.I.P. = P.O.S.
    After seeing the movie The Dark Knight, I was in the mood for more Batman. With the Batman comics starting the "Batman R.I.P." storyline, this seemed like a good place to jump back in. I picked up "Batman R.I.P." I've read it and all I have to say is, "Huh?" I used to love Grant Morrison's wacky storylines for Animal Man in the 80s, but with Batman today, I think he's on something. Seriously. I never got into the story. And wasn't sure even how to begin. Batman of Zur-En-Arrh? Excuse me? Did you say "Surrender?" No. Batman of Zurrrrrrrrrrrr-ennnnnnnnn-arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrh. Oh, okay. Can I have some of what you're on, Grant? And whatever the DC Executives are on who okayed this storyline? After that, throw in some Bat-Mite and we've got ourselves a party!

    Seriously? This is what you give Batman fans who went in droves to the movie theaters this past summer and then out to buy Batman comics as a follow-up? Rabble and Bat-Mite? The Riddler makes more sense than "Batman R.I.P." ...more info
  • ugh
    Just an incoherent mess. This follows a trend of bad Batman writing recently though....more info
  • Complex, psychedelic, and too smart for its own good.
    Grant Morrison may be the most polarizing of comic book writers out there today. Depending on who you ask, he's can be either revered as the savior of X-Men comics (with his early 00s New X-Men run), or demonized as the destroyer of quality X-Men comics. His stories are always deep, complex, psychedelic, and sometimes too smart for their own good. And that was before Grant admittedly totally changed the way he writes his comics' narratives.

    While Final Crisis is probably the prime example of this new, uber-compressed narrative style, Batman: RIP certainly exhibits it in many, many ways. The premise of RIP is, rather than the death of Batman, it is the reconstruction and redefinition of the character. It takes Batman on a journey through his mind and his history and really attempts to show what Batman is, and why Batman is who he is.

    Does it succeed? Well, Morrison certainly does do a good job of making the reader feel as though they're apart of this long, disoriented journey with Batman. You go through the pieces never quite sure exactly what's going on, and we certainly don't have a clue what's going to happen next. And for you guys and girls who like that type of writing? Batman: RIP might be considered a great piece of Batman fiction. It really does embody exactly what Morrison strives for in his work. It's every other Grant Morrison story you've read times a thousand.

    But personally, I don't that type of writing. I can't handle some mystery in a story, I can handle some confusing and psychedelic happenings, but I found that Morrison went way, way beyond simply telling an "out there" story about Batman, and quickly deteriorated into the realm of nonsensical. As RIP progresses Morrison presents ideas and depictions of Batman and his universe that aren't just innovative, but are nearly offensive to anyone who holds Batman's long-lasting status-quo close to their hearts. I won't reveal anything specific, but, when you get to certain scenes featuring Batman in a purple and red costume calling himself Zur-En-Arrh, the Joker with a split, reptilian tongue, and Alfred harboring a secret that could forever tarnish his immaculate reputation as the world's best butler and surrogate father, you might begin to realize Morrison is doing things with Batman that maybe shouldn't be done at all.

    Outside of the inherent flaws of the premise of the story, definitely my largest complaint is the narrative itself. It's just plain confusing, I think. As I said a few paragraphs above, Morrison paints an extremely disorienting, scattered picture throughout the entire piece. Nothing is explained, nothing is presented, everything is just thrown at you, and you're expected to figure it out yourself, or wait for it to be explained several issues later. I'm not a fan of this style of writing at all. I feel that this style of writing almost guarantees a poor experience the first time reading it, and while subsequent readings improve the story dramatically, it still exposes a very real flaw; why read a story that you have to read multiple times to understand? Doesn't a good story make sense the first time? I understand what Morrison was going for, he tried to weave an intricate and original story that would reveal secrets and nuances every time you read it. But in doing so, I'll argue, Morrison became to heavy handed, and ended up destroying any chance of the book succeeding as a story that needs only to be read once.

    The one unarguably great thing about RIP is the art. Tony Daniel is quickly proving to be one of the best fits for Batman art-wise since maybe Jim Aparo. No disrespect to Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, or the dozens of truly fantastic artists that have drawn Batman in the past few years, but Tony Daniel's interpretation of Batman is one that immediately rings true as a classic, timeless vision of the character. Not just a shiny, polished artist's interpretation of Batman, but Batman in his very essence. For me, it visually tied into everyone from Neal Adams, to Aparo, to current day Batman artists. I, for one, hope Daniel remains on Batman for a good long while, and continues to carve out his place in Batman comic history.

    Overall, Batman RIP will probably become known as one of those Batman stories everyone has to read once. Either to see just how great an experiment it was, or just how big of an utter failure it proved to be. Much like Frank Miller's All Star Batman & Robin, I think it's a polarizing vision of the character that you either instinctively "get", or automatically dislike. Whichever it may prove to be for you, it will certainly prove to be a Batman story you won't soon forget....more info
  • Quite an Entertaining Read
    Grant Morrison is well known for his trippy stories, and this arc is definitely trippy. It rarely fails to entertain and that is the most important things about comics. I'm not going to spoil anything, but let's just say that Morrison draws back to Batman's Silver Age roots for quite a number of plot threads.

    The art is quite good, with Tony Daniel doing a good job and Lee Garbett doing a commendable job trying to mimic other artists as a homage to past storylines.

    A word of warning though. This story is NOT stand alone (especially the "Last Rites" segments which directly tie into Final Crisis). In fact, one of the common complaints against this particular arc is that it doesn't answer everything. However, when you read this, you need to take into account that Morrison planned a five book story for his Batman run. Batman R.I.P. is only the fourth book (the previous three Morrison books Batman and Son, Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul, and The Black Glove are highly recommended reading prior to reading this book)and the story isn't wrapped up yet! In fact Morrison will come back to Batman this June to finish out his arc.

    This is highly recommended, though remember to take my warning in mind before deciding to purchase....more info
  • Trashy Pulp Fiction.. Morrison knows how to write Batman!!
    I think it makes one of the greatest batman stories of all time.. more batman than any other batman story i've ever read.. it's schizophrenic, grim & gruesome.. with a touch of methamphetamine and hopeless romance.. it's done in a fierce trashy pulp tradition. filled with resonant spaces, gaps and hints.. where you get to do your own detective work.. or insert your own theories.. i also think grant adds life to batmans entire catalogue of tales.. transforming every neglected abandoned old story into a potential goldmine of clues towards the psychology of Batman or the identity of his nemesis!.. Dr. Simon Hurt.

    It has an open ending, that leads into Final Crisis.. Grant plans on wrapping it all up with one more book later this year.. you may also want to check out Batman and Son.. and Batman: the Black Glove.. but don't worry.. even with an open ending.. it is not anti-climactic by any means..

    Bringing together several concepts and characters explored by Morrison's run on Batman, the story details the attempts of the mysterious Dr. Simon Hurt and the "Black Glove," a criminal organization dedicated to defiling virtue, as they attempt to destroy Batman and everything he stands for.

    it's dense and delirious.. their are a lot of ideas going on..
    so here's Batman RIP.. broken down.. judge for yourself
    SPOILER ALERT!!.. SPOILER ALERT!!

    Intro:
    HAHA.. 8's and A's.. red and black... dealt a dead man's hand with a twist.. joker is telling batman something.. but he doesn't know what..
    the black glove is coming..

    part 1:
    the black glove is a club of villians dedicated to destroying batman's life and eventually killing him.. their name is based off an old movie in which two lovers are torn apart by corrupt gamblers.. the black glove consists of.. Doctor Hurt.. Pierrot Lunaire.. Springheeled Jack.. Scorpiana.. King Kraken.. the Hunchback.. Charlie Caligula.. El Sombrero.. and dun dun dun Jezebel Jet..

    Batman roughly a decade ago willingly subjected himself to Doctor Hurt's Isolation Chamber in order to see into the mind of a mad man.. Doctor Hurt has placed numerous triggers throughout Batman's career in order to push him over the edge.. which is exactly what he is going to do.. Jezebel Jet and Bruce Wayne's courtship gets serious as she becomes apart of batman's life as well..

    part 2:
    Batman is stabbed by a blade coated with librium.. a drug of some sort that makes him more succeptable to suggestion.. jezebel jet is given a tour of the batcave.. bit by bit she casts the seeds of doubt needed to stir up batman's demons and worst nightmares.. a psychological attack is made on batman in his batcave.. the black glove takes over the batcave as their new headquarters.. alfred becomes a hostage.. jezebel jet is taken away..

    part 3: (this one was busy)
    as for the bats.. he wakes up in a scummy alley way.. drugged on crystal meth and heroin.. doctor hurt has taken bruce wayne out of the batman so to speak.. or well bruce wayne doesn't know he's bruce wayne.. which might be why he ends up using heroin again.. by choice.. but batman has a back up plan for such an attack on his psyche.... the batman of zur en arrh.. a splinter personality.. who's conscience seems to be a hyper-imp from the 5th dimension with an chesire spider ghoul? on its back.. batman is pretty much insane.. he sews up a new costume.. it's bold and displays confidence with the robin colors.. red and yellow.. and a purple cowl.. with his bat radia.. lost, found and given to him by a homeless.. ghost? batman and his hyper-imp hunt down the black glove.. mean while robin is studying the black case book.. nightwing is picking off gargoyle villians and runs into Scorpiana.. he is caught and locked up in arkam asylum.. the doctors, fooled by the hunchback.. are under the impression he is peirrot lunaire.. alfred.. still in the batcave.. is beaten for information.. dark secrets even kept from master bruce..

    part 4:
    you really get to see how deranged batman really is in this chapter.. he talks to gargoyle statues.. and positive.. that a tracking device has been implanted somewhere in his body.. the hyper-imp suggests one of his molars.. batman breaks his tooth out.. he then takes out a few henchmen.. and hunts down and puts the beat down on charlie caligula with a baseball bat.. commisioner gordon and is kept busy in wayne manor.. now a mansion sized death trap thanks to el sombrero.. death trap's being his specialty.. also the black glove, having expected caligula to rat them out.. they prepare for batman's arrival at the arkam asylum.. where the joker has something special waiting for him..

    part 5:
    scorpiana and the hunchback attempt a labotomy on nightwing.. talia and damian come to rescue batman but save comissioner gordon instead..
    batman ends up in arkam asylum to save jet.. he ends up in a fight with the joker.. who is in a particular sadomasochistic mood.. he kills el sombrero and mutalaltes the hunchback.. he slices his tongue into something more reptilian as he taunts the bats.. HAHA.. red and black.. petals shower tied up jezebel jet.. what joker was trying to tell him in the beginning is now clear to batman.. in attempts to save jet.. he can't stop laughing in horror as he is poisoned and paralyzed.. only to find out jezebel jet is apart of the black glove..

    part 6
    joker and the black glove entertain themselves in a mock funeral.. batman is buried alive in a straight jacket.. their expecting him to die.. or that his brain will be damaged from air-deprevation.. gathering his mind.. and strength.. in a rather kill bill sort of moment.. batman rises from the grave.. nightwing is there to assist him scatter the black glove and their gargoyle henchmen.. after escaping Scorpiana's labatomy.. robin and the club of heroes take out peirrot lunair.. and springheeled jack.. alfred and damian use the new batmobile to run an ambulance off a bridge.. the ambulance being driven by the joker.. talia's man-bats rendezvous jezebel jet's espace jet.. and in a dramatic.. revealing climax.. batman chases doctor hunt into a fiery watery grave..

    Part 7 and 8..
    these two issues are part of the Last Rites issues.. they tie Batman RIP to his final case.. the death of a god.. in Final Crisis.. in these issues.. scientists working for darkseid.. are using lump to create batman soldiers.. but even bruce waynes life memories are weapons.. it ends with batman's where abouts unknown.. ...more info
  • Grant Morrison "Rips" Batman Apart
    There are two camps: Those fans who say that "R.I.P." is an intricately woven masterpiece, and those who believe it is the graphic novel equivalent of a Jackson Pollack painting: Nonsense of the highest order. I fall into the latter category.

    It hasn't been a good year for Batman. He left Gotham City for a year to "find himself" after betraying his fellow Justice Leaguers' trust with his Brother Eye spy satellite, and had only just returned to the groove when Grant Morrison declared that Batman would "meet his final fate".

    In case you're wondering, the answer is "no", Batman does not die in "R.I.P." (that would be in "Final Crisis", but we won't go into that here). What does happen to him here is far worse than death, if only because it makes so little sense.

    A shadowy group, calling itself the Black Glove, plots to take Batman down by dismantling his life. Morrison weaves in characters and plot threads from various Batman incarnations over the years, painting a portrait of a man whose psyche is severely fractured. That Bat-Mite makes an appearance pretty much sums up the book: It's bonkers.

    I'd known from the start of his run on "Batman" that Grant Morrison's take on the Caped Crusader wasn't going to be conventional. However, unconventional doesn't have to mean "incomprehensible psycho-babble". Some comic fans have tried their own hands at interpreting "R.I.P.", even going so far as to say that the Black Glove is literally controlled by Satan. Perhaps I'm just not taking the right drugs?

    Morrison is usually good about tying stories up, but the ending of this book in issue #681 is a letdown. Readers are left with only a vague idea of who the real villain is, and left wondering if the Black Glove's claims (that Alfred is actually Bruce Wayne's father!) are true. Issue #682 and 683, the "Final Crisis" tie-ins also collected here, are tacked on, but they won't make much sense without reading "Final Crisis".

    The Bat-books are being canceled to make way for the "Battle for the Cowl," as potential candidates to replace Bruce Wayne as Batman fight for the title. The biggest mystery isn't the identity of the next Batman, but why, with the popularity of "The Dark Knight" movie, DC decided that it was time to retire Bruce Wayne....more info
  • A facinating puzzle....
    I'll admit, it took me a while to get into this story. When the issues came out, the movie 'Dark Knight' was huge , and I was just about 'batmanned-out'. Thankfully I gave this story a second shot and I can say that it's one of the most interesting 'Batman' tales out there.

    The first thing (and best thing about the book) that hooked me was Tony Daniel's artwork. Batman, Joker, Nightwing...every character looks fantastic! There is so much expression and action crammed into each little panel that even if the story doesn't ring true with you (to many it didn't) the art is more than worth the price.

    The second thing to mention about this comic is the story. I've never really liked Grant Morrison until he started writing All-Star Superman. I felt he nailed the character of superman and provided enough twists to make this old-character interesting and fun to read about. It was also very easy to read and jump into.....this is NOT the case with Batman RIP. I've read this story in it's entirety at least twice and am still trying to figure out all the lose threads. I mean, most of the time you're just trying to figure out what the hell's going on (it also doesn't help that almost none of the characters are relatable or sympathetic, though Bruce has some great moments and is FINALLY seeming more human). Personally I found this an intriguing idea and gives people more than enough reason to read the story multiple times, but it can (and did) just as easily put people off from reading it's entirety all-together. I should also mention that this story picks up where 'Batman:Black Glove' leaves off. I don't think it's neccessary, but some might want to read that before diving into this one.

    The one disappointing thing about this collection is a lack of introduction from Grant Morrison or Tony Daniel. We're given a bit of Daniel's conceptual art at the end, but I think this book would've definitly benifited with a word from Grant Morrison (if nothing else, maybe a commentary which would EXPLAIN this comic's complicated plot).

    As I said, this story isn't for everyone. But those looking for an even MORE unique look at Batman's universe with unbeatable art (and at Amazon's low-price) you really can't go wrong with this one....more info