Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A world full of Batmen?

There is power in an idea.

Grant Morrison's recent New Gods opus that was wrapped delicately into the fabric of Final Crisis, and eventually spilled over into the death of Bruce Wayne and his subsequent return, is rife with the ideology that ideas, if they are powerful enough, can take on a life of their own. The foundation of this is rooted in Darkseid's ultimate vengeance on humanity through a time-lost Bruce Wayne.

As we have come to expect, Bruce outwits his opponents, and the world is saved from the wrath of the New Gods. He is not, however, unchanged.

His struggle against Darkseid implants in Bruce one firm, unshakable truth; ideas have power.  And he is in possession of one of the most powerful ideas that mankind has ever created; BATMAN.

And so my love/hate relationship with Morrison continues because the new idea he's infused into Batman is.......brilliant! I'm hooked by the concept, and the first three issues I've read (Batman: The Return, Batman & Robin & Batman Inc) have all served to provoke a thirst for more of the story. Can Bruce's resources accomplish what must be done? Will others join his cause? Who will he recruit and entrust with the mantle in far-off lands?

How it plays out is anyone's guess, but in concept.....this is a powerful idea.

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