Batman: R.I.P. — The Deluxe Edition

March 22, 2009 | Trades

Batman: R.I.P. — The Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison, Tony S. Daniel, Lee Garbet, Sandu Florea, Trevor Scott
DC Comics
$27.99/$24.99 US (Hardcover)
**** ½ (out of five)

Killing off major comic book characters and making people care about it is tricky business.
Nearly every reader will assume that the “death” is only a temporary thing — as all things are in mainstream comics — thus diminishing the resonance of the character’s demise.
Of course, Grant Morrison is always up for a challenge.
The master storyteller, ably aided by artist Tony Daniel and his stirring visuals, has been slowly brewing this drama for over a year, weaving the Dark Knight through some pretty wild adventures, but always bringing him back to the same question: Who is the Black Glove?
As the action boils over, Batman is forced to risk his relationship with the girl of his dreams, push his unmatched mind further to its utmost — well past the limits of sanity — and run the most vicious gauntlet of criminals of his life — including a showdown with his arch-nemesis, the Joker, to learn the truth.
Morrison gets inside Batman’s head better than almost every writer who’s ever tackled the character and the result is an absolutely killer tale.

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