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Batman - R.I.P. (Grant Morrison's Absolute Batman #4)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  11,004 Ratings  ·  467 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 July 2nd 2008)
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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.

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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mad Tom

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 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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 tha
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
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
This was pretty good in some spots, but I kind of had a hard time really getting into it. It seemed to go on and on in a rambling, disjointed way. I know Grant Morrison's Invisibles series is chaotic, so I'm used to that and it works for me. I just couldn't get into this story, I guess. The illustrations were great.
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
Feb 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sam Quixote
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jesse A
Difficult to review and rate. Morrison needs someone to focus him. Great concept, great art, so all over the place.
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
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good, comic
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
Adam Bender
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Really 3.5 stars, but only because of the art. The story was wacky.
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
Hannah Lozier
Aug 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
Batman RIP: WTH?

Morrison's capable of doing incredible things (Doom Patrol, Invisibles), but his Batman work is a bit off the rails from the get-go. Not recommended.
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. It’s one of the reasons why it’s such a great Batman book because it has so many layers and interpretations, not to mention ingenious storytelling methods and an enormous amount of imaginative scenes an
Tom Waters
Oct 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My dad
Recommended to Lyric by: Mollie
Shelves: comics
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Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012
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 ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)

Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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