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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220907
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Batman is pushed past the edge of sanity in this spectacular story that mixes icy mind games and passionate outbursts. A club of criminal masterminds, the Black Glove, has an elaborate plot to make Bruce Wayne/Batman self-destruct by convincing him that all his friends and lovers have betrayed him and that his most trusted memories are false. As clever in their scheming as the villains are, however, they have no idea how thorough Batman has been in planning ways to protect his obsessions; consequently, the action is fractured between scenes of what is really happening, what might be happening, what probably isn't happening, etc. This premise gives scriptwriter Morrison and principal artist Daniel a chance to review key episodes and images from the Caped Crime Fighter's long career—including, of course, numerous encounters with the Joker, who's too chaotic to be happy in any organization like the Black Glove, but who struts through the action wielding sardonic humor and two straight razors. Whether Batman winds up (or ever was) totally sane is unresolved, but he's a fascinating protagonist in this sweeping, emotionally draining saga. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

Having largely abandoned the outré projects (e.g., Doom Patrol, The Invisibles) that made his reputation for chronicling DC’s big superheros, Morrison here gives us the caper that puts the lid over the Caped Crusader. Dr. Simon Hurt, leader of the international criminal associates known as the Black Glove, has devised an elaborate psychological trap for Batman. The scheme succeeds in breaking Batman’s sanity, long established as being dangerously fragile, and leading him to adopt a psychotically violent persona, the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, who squares off in Arkham Asylum against Dr. Hurt’s new ally, the Joker. Batman’s delusions are likely to be as confusing to readers as they are to him. Morrison uses elements from seven decades’ worth of disparate and contradictory versions of the character, and only the most dedicated fans will recognize most of them. Tony Daniel’s art grounds the complex proceedings with clarity and verve. Batman’s apparent demise at the saga’s end leads into an arc in which various would-be successors vie for the right to wear his cowl. --Gordon Flagg

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Customer Reviews

To be brief, check this one out at your library, but I probably wouldn't buy it.
Adam Lichfield
And I don't mean in a good way either like "this book makes you think", more like this book makes you wonder why they put two hard covers on either side of it.
Kauffinbauchser
When read together, without those missing pieces, the story often feels like it is rushed, and has huge holes missing in it.
N. Kunka

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Roger Hsu on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Grant Morrison is well known for his trippy stories, and this arc is definitely trippy. It rarely fails to entertain and that is the most important things about comics. I'm not going to spoil anything, but let's just say that Morrison draws back to Batman's Silver Age roots for quite a number of plot threads.

The art is quite good, with Tony Daniel doing a good job and Lee Garbett doing a commendable job trying to mimic other artists as a homage to past storylines.

A word of warning though. This story is NOT stand alone (especially the "Last Rites" segments which directly tie into Final Crisis). In fact, one of the common complaints against this particular arc is that it doesn't answer everything. However, when you read this, you need to take into account that Morrison planned a five book story for his Batman run. Batman R.I.P. is only the fourth book (the previous three Morrison books Batman and Son, Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul, and The Black Glove are highly recommended reading prior to reading this book)and the story isn't wrapped up yet! In fact Morrison will come back to Batman this June to finish out his arc.

This is highly recommended, though remember to take my warning in mind before deciding to purchase.
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113 of 147 people found the following review helpful By CConn on February 17, 2009
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Grant Morrison may be the most polarizing of comic book writers out there today. Depending on who you ask, he's can be either revered as the savior of X-Men comics (with his early 00s New X-Men run), or demonized as the destroyer of quality X-Men comics. His stories are always deep, complex, psychedelic, and sometimes too smart for their own good. And that was before Grant admittedly totally changed the way he writes his comics' narratives.

While Final Crisis is probably the prime example of this new, uber-compressed narrative style, Batman: RIP certainly exhibits it in many, many ways. The premise of RIP is, rather than the death of Batman, it is the reconstruction and redefinition of the character. It takes Batman on a journey through his mind and his history and really attempts to show what Batman is, and why Batman is who he is.

Does it succeed? Well, Morrison certainly does do a good job of making the reader feel as though they're apart of this long, disoriented journey with Batman. You go through the pieces never quite sure exactly what's going on, and we certainly don't have a clue what's going to happen next. And for you guys and girls who like that type of writing? Batman: RIP might be considered a great piece of Batman fiction. It really does embody exactly what Morrison strives for in his work. It's every other Grant Morrison story you've read times a thousand.

But personally, I don't that type of writing. I can't handle some mystery in a story, I can handle some confusing and psychedelic happenings, but I found that Morrison went way, way beyond simply telling an "out there" story about Batman, and quickly deteriorated into the realm of nonsensical.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 11, 2010
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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 the real character in this world, and Bruce Wayne is the facade, and the costumed freaks he faces venture into equally treacherous territory with each subsequent outing ... but, in the end, one can't help but ask "at what cost?"

Grant Morrison has finally provided an answer to that central theme that's equally supported and plagued Batman since his inception seven decades ago, and, like any good story, it's been delivered with measured portions of greatness, silliness (these are comic books, after all), pity, and pathos in BATMAN R.I.P., the tale that many media outlets have openly advertised as the final death of Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. I'll save discussing the ending -- a troubling choice, I know, but I'm trying to respect the reader's right to privacy without spoiling anything earth-shaking -- but I will say that it wasn't quite what industry mags and professional reviewers said it would be, not far off the mark, but more than a few feet shy of a fieldgoal, too.

Confused? You should be, because this is Grant Morrison's story -- not Batman's or Bruce Wayne's -- as one writer who's had a pretty solid career delivering the kinds of characters and situations one would expect from a veteran of comic book prose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brent Hill on April 15, 2011
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This volume doesn't chronicle the actual death of Batman, but it comes pretty close. He actually dies in a big DC crossover that happens just after this collection. Regardless, it does tell the story of the planned death of Batman by the Black glove that comes close to ending our hero.

The Highlights: Great writing by Grant Morrison, although it does get a little weird as the Black Glove tries to destroy Batman's mind. Morrison also modernizes two obscure bat characters: Bat Mite, and the Batman of Zur En Arrh. The art by Tony S. Daniel is brilliant--not too out of the ordinary, but very polished and beautiful. The Joker and his creepy new look are also a big part of this story, and I really like what they have done with him visually. There's also a small art gallery at the end of the paperback version, that showcases some fantastic pencil and ink work.

Things to Consider: Warning to the squeamish--this volume does contain some blood and disturbing images. And the Joker is really creepy. The story is great, but a little complicated. If you want a simple super hero story, don't start here.

This was an exciting read, and I recommend it to any who want to know some recent Batman history.
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