have been a lot of deaths in the DC Universe lately. Just read Heroes in Crisis. But can Batman stand
one more? It’s one thing when a comrade in arms falls, but when it’s an innocent,
what does that do to those who stand on the front line? Doubt? Grief?
Acceptance? In Batman’s case, there aren’t five stages of death. Only one:
moves, as events follow one another quickly, with no let up, no rest in
between. Its breakneck pace adds to the tension, making the final page hardly
satisfying. It’s NOT the end but merely a two-week pause until the next
chapter, no doubt building to the landmark Detective
DC Comics is
perhaps obligated to make DC 1,000 a major event, without repeating the format
of Action #1,000. They’re two
different characters and require two separate story strategies. Events so far
promise exactly that, but where it will ultimately lead is anyone’s guess.
bring the Bat-family together? Honestly I hope not. That’s kind of what the
wedding storyline of 2018 seemed to do. I’d prefer to see a character-building
story featuring Bruce and almost no one else. The children – Dick, Barbara,
Selina, et al – are grown with live and titles of their own. When they hit
#1,000, they’ll have their big moment. Until then, this is Bruce’s story, and
should remain so.