August 31, 2009 | Trades
Ho-hum, Batman is dead.
Any long-time reader will tell you that death in comic books is rarely permanent, especially for major (see profitable) characters, so there’s no real point in getting all worked up over Bruce Wayne’s demise in the recent DC Comics miniseries, Final Crisis.
Sure, he’s dead. This, too, in time, shall pass.
But just because Bruce’s death isn’t permanent is no reason not to give him a first-class sendoff.
Bestselling author Neil Gaiman and fan-favourite artist Andy Kubert accept the daunting charge of telling the “last” Batman story and deliver something special with Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? The Deluxe Edition (DC Comics, $27.99, 128 pages).
Around the backdrop of the hero’s funeral, Gaiman weaves together the sum of 70 years worth of adventures in about 60 pages full of thoughtful perceptions about the Batman mythos, while Kubert dazzles with homage to the generations of great artists who have brought the character’s adventures to life.
Whether Bruce Wayne regains his costumed identity again in a week, a month or a year, this spellbinding tale is sure to remain the final word on the Dark Knight.
(This review first appeared in the Toronto Star)