Daily Archives: November 28, 2008

Psychiatric Assessment

Batman #681
“Batman R.I.P., the Conclusion: Hearts in Darkness”
Writer: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Tony Daniel
Inks: Sandu Florea
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artists: Alex Ross (standard cover) & Tony Daniel (variant)
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US/CAN

Superman’s often been described as a great big Boy Scout, but it seems that writer Grant Morrison might disagree, giving the Dark Knight that particular distinction among super-hero icons. After all, the Scout motto is “be prepared,” and that’s what this story is all about. In fact, Morrison suggests that’s what the title character is all about, and it works pretty well. As I suspected, Morrison’s confusing story arc (and his lengthy run on the title) all comes together in the final chapter. Still, while the surreal storyline makes much more sense in the end, this isn’t as strong and innovative a climactic chapter as I’d expected from a writer of Morrison’s caliber.

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