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Batman: R.I.P.

(Batman (1940-2011) #676-683)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  12,957 ratings  ·  560 reviews
Tying into his other blockbuster stories of 2008 Final Crisis and Batman: The Ressurection of Ra's Al Ghūl, 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, hav
Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 210 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by DC Comics (first published July 2nd 2008)
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(B+) 79% | Good
Notes: Conceptual art with a surrealist veneer, it improves upon reflection and provokes disbelief, recognition and outburst.
It struck me today that Grant Morrison must love opera. Why? Because he’s constructed Batman R.I.P. as if it were a grand Wagnerian Opera – vast, romantic and filled with legend.


Grant Morrison’s Batman R.I.P. is a masterpiece. To that point there is no doubt. Batman R.I.P. is a challenging read. One of the reasons it’s such a great Batman book is because it has so many layers and interpretations, not to mention ingenious storytelling methods and an enormous amount of imaginative scenes and idea
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.

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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
Dan Schwent
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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

Morrison makes you work and that's not a bad thing. He says comics have become too linear and mainstream and I generally agree. I've found that on my second read his books make almost total sense, on the first read almost indecipherable. So let me just say that if you're interested in Morrison's Batman run, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with Batman and Son, read slowly, and read his books consecutively if you can.

I don't want to play the summary game too much so I'll give a qui
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic, pretty-good
I like the artwork and the dialogues a lot, the story is quite okay too, I enjoy reading Batman's struggle very step of the way (Sorry! But I seem to have a kink for Batman's suffering!).

Yet, I still have a few problems:

(1) The villains: aside from the Joker (who is totally awesome, as usual), the gang of villains is made up by a bunch of B-rate or C-rate villains who I had never heard of before (but I haven't read so many Batman comics to know enough about the villains in the series, so don't
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I knew (thanks, Goodreads) going into it that Batman: R.I.P. was a divisive volume in the series. But, having reasonably liked the precursors Batman and Son and The Black Glove I decided to give it a go. The gist is that the Black Glove villains put Batman through a psychological nightmare ( . . . I think). There are moments - like the opening pursuit, featuring a two-page spread of the new Batmobile in action - that work, but that was before the main plot kicks into motion. Then the crazy train ...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
Gianfranco Mancini

Far better then I remembered. And at last re-reading again this descent into madness after years, I finally understood what the f@%% was going on.
A tale not for anyone indeed... maybe I was reading too many Marvel/Disney Channel comics when I not enjoyed much this gem first time (still a Marvel Zombie, but almost all House of Ideas comics post Secret Wars are so terrible for me, but for a few exceptions, that I'm reading or re-reading more often something else in these times).

And Tony Daniel's a
Jan 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Really 3.5 stars, but only because of the art. The story was wacky.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Batman, my buddy, my guy it's been a while.

It's not the greatest read ever, nor a read that will inspire you to start reading more Batman but it's a good read it's typical Morrison writing. You either go with it or remain confused til the end, it's definitely not one you can read only having read a few Batman titles. There's a whole story going on where you need to know the back story.
The artwork is amazing it definitely stands out more so than the story. Joker was done really well, Alfred was
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
I do really like this. It messes with your head a bit, I’ve read it three times now and I’m still not sure I fully get it, but it’s mostly resolved by the end. Even with having read The Black Glove before, it still feels like there’s bits I’ve missed, mostly the meditative state (the Thogal it’s called?) that batman goes through. Is this what happened during 52 or is just something that happened off panel?

Love the DC Universe short with the Joker as well. Almost feels like a homage to the openin
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
This is filled with brilliant ideas. Grant Morrison does an absolutely unique job in delivering a compelling and strong story arc. To truly devour this monster of a volume and savour its every little moment, you have to go through Morrison's previous runs (The Black Casebook, Batman And Son, The Black Glove). A lot of references are made to the previous issues and make Batman R.I.P. a much more fun ride.

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh and Batmite are probably the most funkiest thing that has ever been
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is difficult to rate. It started really well. Batman gets completed FUBAR'd! He gets mind F****d and then when it starts to get interesting Morrison has a brain fart and the whole story goes to sh*t!

The more I read Morrison's work the less I like it. Animal Man for example, what the hell was he thinking at the end??? "Oh I know what I'll do, I'll put myself in the comic and make Animal Man realise he is a comic book character. That will be really good, nobody will ever think of that! It's s
Hannah Bradshaw Lozier
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Easily one of the worst Batman arcs ever written, Batman R.I.P. is a bullshit jambalaya that showcases infamous tool Grant Morrison trying to prove he has even a toddler's grasp of characterization and the English language.

From start to finish, this arc is a rollercoaster; but not the emotional kind. No. Batman R.I.P. is a rollercoaster that someone else straps you into, blindfolded, and at no point do its dimensions, intentions, or thematic arcs become any clearer than in the moment you realize
James DeSantis
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is by far the worst bat man story I've read. Chopping pacing, confusing, bad fights, stupid metaphors, a boring finale, and a horrible twist. So glad I read new 52 first otherwise I'd never pick up another bat man comic. ...more
Jesse A
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Difficult to review and rate. Morrison needs someone to focus him. Great concept, great art, so all over the place.
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've had mixed dealings with Grant Morrison but the one thing he never gives his fans is an easy story. This is one diverse Batman story that takes the heroic figure and basically reshuffles him within Morrisons mind. The book is a complete mind melt, you never know what to expect and that portrayal of The Joker is one of a kind. If you don't like your Batman comics simple than this is the book for you, it's weird and unpredictable at every turn. It might not be the best Batman storyline but it ...more
Adam Bender
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I.. don't really know what I just read?

This started out like an actual book that made sense. Then, I felt like I turned the page and I couldn't really follow any of what was going on. Suddenly, there's another bat character that Bruce created as a back up identity. Well, alright. Technically Matches Malone was a separate, undercover identity but what makes these stories so confusing is that I'm left wondering: when the hell does Bruce sleep? If he's constantly laying groundwork for these "break
Batman R.I.P is a total fucking mindbender! This is probably one of the greatest Batman stories I've read like ever. Grant outdoes himself in this one. You're either going to love it or tear-your-hair-out-and-weep loathe it. No halfsies on this one. Too wacky? Yes. the storyline is too nonlinear to be loved mainstream, but that's a good thing. I love a comic that makes you work. and no one makes you work harder than Grant.

The Black Glove must be the grandest villains ever! They dismantle everyt
Feb 23, 2021 rated it liked it
A bit better than the Black Glove volume, but still pretty “meh” for me. Some great moments here and there, but overall it was just too Morrison for me. 3/5 stars.
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-dc-collection
I really enjoyed this story! I love the Alex Ross cover. The book begins beautifully. Batman is visiting the Joker in Arkham Assylum. Joker knows more about the Black Glove and tells Batman something using a deck of cards (What else right? He is the Joker after all). The panels on these first three pages are just great. Tony S. Daniel nails it. The use of coloring is great aswell.

After the prologue the story begins with an glimpse of Batman's foes in this story and the ending of Batman and Son.
Judah Radd
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
This ties together Batman and Son as well as The Black Glove. It’s some major secret conspiracy society stuff that also attempts to loop it’s thread through all of Batman’s major life events post Crisis.

And it’s pretty damn cool! The art is gloomy and cool, and the story takes some wicked twists. The “because he’s Batman” trope definitely makes an appearance, but it’s in a unique and exciting way.

Lots of dreamy stuff... but I think it does a good job of making sense and applying to reality. Ove
Did not enjoy the first couple of issues in this. Loved it once I twigged what was going on. Kinda love Talia even more for exacting that revenge.
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
Batman RIP (#676-681). This is a good conclusion to Morrison's run on Batman ... or at least a good conclusion to what would turn-out to be his initial run on Batman. It helps to explain many of the unanswered questions from Batman: The Black Glove and also returns to the new family introduced in Batman and Son. Mind you, it goes on at least a few issues too long, with the middle two issues of the Batman of Zur-en-arrh punching things being the slowest bit.

But as a Final Crisis setup it's horri
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