Part of me would love to do a collection of the comments made here and at other blogs regarding our departure. But that would be way too self-serving. I have been blown away by the response to the news and it’s definitely a testament to the hard work the rest of the Blog@ gang does. While a part of the original Great Curve gang, my part here at Blog@ has only been this column. It has been a fun effort for me to compile, given that the comic book industry and fanbase have a wealth of quotable people. I only hope folks enjoyed reading the quotes as much as I relished finding them.
This week saw the conclusion to Batman R.I.P., and with that an abundance of quotable material. Please don’t read this week’s quotes if you’re trying to avoid spoilers.
“Is this issue a satisfying conclusion to ‘Batman R.I.P.’? Yes, as the events of recent issues are explained and put into context more explicitly. But yet we’re left with plenty of unanswered questions about the larger picture, and the final few sequences seem too abrupt, as if we’re flashing toward too many previews of things to come even as some of the dangling threads have been left unresolved.”
“To be fair, it’s never clear whether the Glove was speaking literally or figuratively when he pulls his ‘I am your father’ card on ol’ Bats (and yes, he literally says ‘I’m your father, Bruce’. What, doesn’t DC have an accidental cliché police patrolling their editorial department?), but in any case, it’s a little too much to buy.”
” . . . but more than the lack of Batman ‘dying’ in any sense of the word (Because, really, like anyone really expected that seriously), it’s the lack of resolution to anything and everything that Batman RIP was about that leaves the story as such a disappointment, and the reader with such a bitter taste in their mouth.”
“Honestly, I think we may all be figments of Grant Morrison right now . . .”
“I feel more than a little betrayed and ripped off.”
“My real question is why does there have to be another Batman when Bruce Wayne goes out of commission?”
“I can’t say RIP the event has been all that it was hyped to be, but this comic was everything I wanted and so much more. Batman says to Nightwing: ‘You never let me down did you?’ How symbolic of this comic, eh? It’s definitely worth your time to read this comic it won’t let you down.”
“Was R.I.P. the most shocking Batman revelation in 70 years as DC and Grant Morrison has said? Hell no!”
“But like most of Morrison’s work I had to give a second and third read through since I probably missed something during the first read. So instead I decided to read this issue when I would have my mind most clear and read it after I finished filling my stomach with all my mom’s Thanksgiving food. Now with my stomach filled I can say that while I still have some of the same complaints that I had in my first read through I found that I actual found this issue to be a compelling read and conclusion to such a big storyline.”
“Or maybe, like in the old third grade joke, they’re just treating their readers like idiots, promising they’ll tell us how they’ll keep us in suspense…in the next issue, of course.”
“The signs pointed there, but, really, Batman versus the Devil? That’s the best Morrison’s got?”
“I don’t know if I understood it, but I liked it. I just think people who don’t regularly read comics who are picking up this issue because it made the news are going to be very disappointed and confused.”
“A helicopter explosion/crash? Really? It’s a rather cliched ending, especially given what led up to it.”
“Well, that was a big piece of shit.”
“Maybe Morrison just has a really weird idea of what constitutes the biggest Batman shocker in 70 years.
Or maybe he was forced to rewrite the comic.”