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Batman - R.I.P. (Batman)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  7,023 ratings  ·  364 reviews
The epic story from award-winning writer Grant Morrison is now in trade paperback.
The troubled life of Bruce Wayne seems to spin out of control when his relationship 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.
Capitalizing on the seeming fall of their
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 25th 2010 by Titans Books (DC Comics) (first published January 1st 2009)
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This was one of the most divisive Batman graphic novels in several years. A fair number of purists hate it and others absolutely love it.


Batman falls in love so much that he reveals his identity to Jezebel Jet (hmm, does the Biblical reference give anything away?) which worries many of the people around him. But the real story is Batman having his mind invaded and the fact that our oh so paranoid detective predicted something like this and set up safeguards. Will those safeguards work? Appeara
Dan Schwent
Batman gets cut by one of the Black Glove's minions on the first page, drugging him in the process. A little later, Jezebel Jet (who wouldn't have spotted a girl named Jezebel as being linked with the villains?) utters a code word Dr. Hurt implanted in Batmans' subconscious during an isolation experiment years ago (see Batman: The Black Glove) and the shit hits the fan. The Bruce Wayne part of Batman's psyche is completely eclipsed by the Batman portion. Batman goes on a rampage in a patchwork c ...more
The truth of the matter is that I ultimately don't know what to make of this. Morrison is talented, but he's more of a concept guy than an execution guy. The idea of Batman going off the deep end and completely losing himself in the persona is fascinating, but the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh (with Batmite!) is just wacky. I just can't really take it seriously. That's not to say that there aren't any highlights here. I personally like this version of the Joker, and especially the explanation for the ch ...more


At this point, I have been reading many “Batman” comics and so far, I had been enjoying every single one I had read…until I came upon this comic. I mean, “Batman R.I.P” had a pretty interesting premise written by Grant Morrison and gorgeous artwork by Tony S. Daniel, who slightly rivals Jim Lee’s artwork, but the story itself was a bit too slow and confusing for me to really get interested in.

What is this story about?

Batman has always trained himself to withstand any threat that
An excellent story told perfectly within its medium, this is one of the best superhero comics I've ever read. The art integrates seamlessly with the language, contributing immeasurably to the whole. I found the red and black theme to be aesthetically, intellectually, and viscerally pleasing. The fact that the Black Glove is playing the game six moves ahead, but it takes everyone but the Joker that long to realize that Batman is already reasoning his end game. That he has, in advance of this, alr ...more
Casual Batman fans can learn from my experience: this was impossible to follow, so much so I almost gave up halfway. I needed one of those "Previously, on Batman..." bits at the beginning to bring me up to speed. Instead it was like being dropped into Harry Potter 7 with little to no understanding of who people were ("I know Harry and Dumbledore, but who the heck is Bellatrix Lestrange?"), how they got there ("Why aren't they at Hogwart's fighting He Who Shall Not Be Named?") or what was going o ...more
Sam Quixote
Batman RIP may be the greatest Batman book ever. The Dark Knight goes up against the Black Glove in a tense final confrontation with their leader Dr Hurt. You can read my article on the 9 Reasons Why Batman RIP is a Masterpiece here!
Contrary to what some folks will tell you, there are plenty of differences between what draws a reader to a good Batman story (or any Batman comics, for that matter) versus some of the other costumed hero tales out there, but most fans can agree on one central premise: what keeps the reader coming back to Batman stories is the fact that, at the core, lies a character who is driven by his own private psychology -- the desire to face evil at his own peril -- over and over and over again. Batman is ...more
Tom Waters
It’s safe to say that there’s a fine line between genius and madness and in Grant Morrison’s case, there is no line separating the two whatsoever. My buddy Ian told me that he read an interview about Morrison where he was quoted as saying that aliens gave him his plotlines for the next ten years while he was tripping his face off on mushrooms while vacationing on a tropical island somewhere. I’m not sure if there’s any truth to that story, but it would certainly make a lot of sense. After readi ...more
Michelle Cristiani
The downside: you can guess it. It's all over the place, not just in timeline but in character and story development. Sometimes I think it's Morrison's genius but here I think it's just weak at the joints. I rarely meet a Bruce Wayne romance I like (and NO, it's not because I'm jealous of the girl). Bruce goes positively mushy here and exposes all kinds of secrets to his new love. And what do you know, she's a bad guy. Too easy.

The upside is that it does pay excellent tribute to what we expect B
Adam Bender
Morrison continues to alienate by exploring the most obscure aspects of Batman history in "Batman: R.I.P." A major plot point requires knowledge of "The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh," a character that appeared once in a comic from 1958. Bat-Mite, who to my knowledge also hasn't appeared since the '50s, also plays a prominent role. It feels as if Morrison is writing for himself and not his readers.

The book makes even less sense if you haven't read all the Morrison-penned Batman comics preceding this, in
If you read this at the time with a lot of the supporting titles it was actually a pretty good bunch of comics. Unfortunately this is just the Grant Morrison issues from the core Batman title. Individually the issues are a bit of a mixed bag with some quite really good stuff,(mainly late on in the run), dark, insane and sometimes cleverly funny, with some spiffy artwork. Unfortunately with so many of the jigsaw pieces not included here this book makes very little sense.
I should start a shelf called "Books I'm Reading With My 12 Year Old Son"

So...praise where it's due...

- Morrison is a really ambitious writer here...he takes the Batman character into some shall I say this...obscure and uncomfortable places

- The Joker is the highlight of the story arc...always smarter...holds to no side

- There's a nice coda at the end (which makes ZERO SENSE to the story...but read wikipedia to get the overall drift of the FINAL CRISIS storyline...then enjoy)

Really 3.5 stars, but only because of the art. The story was wacky.
This was all over the place. It had a cool premise, but its execution left a lot to be desired.

The Black Glove organization seems like it could've been great, but it's an idea that would've been better if it had been given more time to grow in the reader's mind as a potent new threat. Also, the members of the Black Glove were mostly forgettable, and we learn very little about them and nothing about their reasons for wanting to destroy Batman.

I still have no idea why or how the Joker was involved
Despite some of the on-acid feeling of confusion this one had, it held together well and was mostly follow-able. (Yes, when discussing a Morrison book, whether or not you're grasping all of it is always a point worth touching upon!) While this one didn't have quite the air-punch moments for me that "The Return of Bruce Wayne" would go on to have, I had a lot of love for it anyway -- particularly with the plot point involving the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, which I found brilliant and awesome on a num ...more
Tiffany DeBarr
I started reading American comics within the last six or so months. The fever has always been there—buried within a childhood raised on Batman: The Animated Series and Japanese comics. Within the last year, however, the fever took hold when I picked up my first Batman tradeback.

This comic was my first.

Although Batman is a physically capable hero, the primary quality that makes him one of my favorites is his intelligence. In this comic, Batman is not challenged on purely a physical level (althoug
Do not read this without having read "Batman & Son" and "The Black Glove" first.

Reading this for the second time, I can't believe I actually read it the first time. It's no wonder I was horribly confused back then. Then, the R.I.P. storyline was the... let me check my notes... it was the 19th Batman-related book (back then I read the individual issues but I count that as one book anyway) I'd read, if you count "Crisis on Infinite Earths". Although I have to admit that one didn't help me muc
"Batman: R.I.P." tells the story of the apparent downfall of Batman at the hands of Doctor Hurt, a criminal mastermind who may or may not be someone from Batman's past.

When I first read this storyline as it was published in serial format, I found it confusing. But that's what happens when a month goes by between each chapter and you don't get to the comic shop regularly.

Reading it again in collected's still confusing. I'm putting that down to the art, which isn't very good in a storyt
The conclusion to Grant Morrison's epic storyline is more satisfying than I expected, largely because it effectively pulls together a lot of the elements from Batman: Batman and Son and Batman: The Black Glove , particularly weird shit that didn't seem important at the time, showing that he really was leading up to this all along, which I appreciated. I know that Morrison's whole deal is that basically EVERYTHING IS CANON, and since I don't know EVERYTHING, I had no idea what was original and w ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Lyric rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My dad
Recommended to Lyric by: Mollie
Shelves: comics
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The Great thing about Grant Morrison's "Batman: RIP" is that he made sense out of all of Batman's conflicting continuity. In interviews, Morrison has stated that he didn't think that people should be so hyper selective about what has or has not happened in the Batman Mythos. So, he decided to include everything: Bat-mite, Zur en Arrgh, the Campy Adam West 1960's and all of the other deep dark secrets that many a Batman fan would like to see locked up to never again to see the light of day. Morr ...more
On the one hand, I have to admit I found myself liking this better than I thought given some of the negative reviews I saw. On the other hand, the ending, or rather the epilogue story that came after the end of the R.I.P. story sequence seemed a bit of a tagged on piece. We probably could have done with out that part, and the larger story would have still worked. It was interesting, but it did not feel necessary. I don't think this is the first time I read Morrison, and I feel that he starts wel ...more
Jan 27, 2011 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Batman fans
Shelves: comics
This one's a really fantastic read, but with one caveat. The final two issues collected here make little or no sense outside the context of Final Crisis (presumably after FC#4), so you'll probably want to read them in place. Likewise, if you're reading Final Crisis, it'll make much more sense to read the last sections here.

The "R.I.P." aspect isn't exactly what you'd expect (though I'll avoid spoilers, even assuming most readers are likely to have some sense of it). Morrison continues the amazin
Batman RIP is a very rich story. A little too rich for its own good. Grant Morrison, you can only juggle so many storylines, so pick the right ones!
The mystery of the Black Glove did not to pique my interest but the captivating character study (Bruce Wayne's, specifically) and exceptional artwork make this book a must-read.
PS : This scene was incredible-

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Though this volume can not be properly understood on its own, anyone who has followed Morrison's Batman stories from the beginning will find the culmination of a few storylines here, and a lot of engaging references to obscure Bat-lore. At this point, Morrison should be regarded as one of the best Batman writers, and his exploration of Batman's history is a highly entertaining read.

The final two chapters of this volume offer a kind of alternate universe story (told by Alfred) in which Bruce Way
Dominique Lamssies
Reader Beware: This book will be impossible to understand if you haven't read the monthly comics. The plotline this volume collects is the culmination of a long run of comics. You need to read everything that leads up to it to understand it.

For me, this is one of the finest Batman stories ever told, in many ways Grant Morrison brings the character to a head: This is what we always knew Batman was, and what he would become. With Morrison's guiding hand, we see what goes on inside Batman's head. A
The Black Glove continues to break down Batman's mind with drugs and psychological torture, but Batman fights back by adopting a new personality based on a one-off character from 1958. This story works incredibly well on a thematic and meta-fictional level. Morrison references all the "Superheroes are fascists and perverts" arguments made by his rivals Warren Ellis and Alan Moore, then ends with a powerful reassertion of the cultural value of superhero comics and their potential as engines of bo ...more
Timothy McNeil
Finally, a Batman story that admits the fundamental truth that I have been harping on for 27 years. Zorro is the inspiration for Batman. More than that, Zorro is cooler than Batman. ¡Viva Don Diego!

Yes, I know that it has long been established that Zorro is the (or at least part of the) inspiration for the Dark Knight. I just like seeing it made so damn explicit. Within the story being told.

Having commented on that, Morrison's story is convoluted and beyond nonsensical. It is as though DC makes
Aaron Davidson
I'll never quite understand why Grant Morrison is such a popular writer (though apparently his All Star Superman is outright spectacular). I found this volume a bit boring and incredibly cheesy (cheesy seems a hallmark of Morrison's work).

Dr. Hurt is the primary villain here, but we never really find out who he is. Bruce has his own idea, but Dr. Hurt tells us something completely different. I found the volume overall confusing, which is probably deliberate. The one saving grace for me was how p
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