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Message Posted On Wednesday, November 26th 2008 at 6:50 am
The final issue is available today. It marks the end of Morrison's current run until probably March or April 2009, and also shakes up the Batman mythos in a major way. Batman and Detective Comics will be going on hiatus following Neil Gaiman's "Whatever Happened to the Dark Knight". Robin, Nightwing, and Birds of Prey are all scheduled to end in Febuary 2009, with possible reboots for two of them.

This is Bruce Wayne's "swangsong" as Batman for the time being, though we know nothing is permanent in comics.

Bruce "dies" in a helicopter explosion that also takes the life of Dr. Hurt, who is revealed to be Bruce's father Thomas Wayne, who faked his own death and arranged the murder of his wife and son, but Joe Chill, The Wayne's murderer, chickened out of killing Bruce. The Joker is likewise "killed" by Bruce and Talia's son, Damien Wayne, who sends The Joker's ambulance hurtling into the Gotham river using The Batmobil

There's more to the story, and if you're not familiar with RIP, I suggest you pick up the following

-Batman and Son
-The Black Glove

These TPBs contain most of Morrison's storylines before RIP

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Message Posted On Wednesday, November 26th 2008 at 8:08 am
I do plan on picking this up, even though Morrison's run on the series has frustrated me more than anything. Still, the last issue was fantastic so I'm actually intrigued to see how it ends.

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Message Posted On Monday, January 19th 2009 at 12:32 am
Wait, I don't understand. So technically it's NOT RIP?

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Message Posted On Monday, May 18th 2009 at 5:12 pm
I'm thinking I should REALLY pick this up cos Iive completely lost my place with the current Batman storyline.

Awhile back we had his big fight with Hush and Catwomans Heart, I was uptospeed with that. Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, he's dead.

Where did THAT come from I wondered. Turns out (iiuc) his death occurred in one of the minor Batman titles, I only follow Batman & Detective. So I missed this big happening in the Batman Universe. Boy was I miffed.

So now we're getting Battle for the Cowl storylines and I'm still confused. I wasn't sure which titles I needed to get to follow the Batman-Dies storyline, iirc it wasn't advertised before hand as a storyline worth following - unlike the Cowl one that came with a helpful list of 16 issues over various titles.

Thus methinks I should pick this collection/bigbook up. That, or use this as a way of giving up me comics and saving some money that'd probably be better spent on food. Damn credit crunch.

BTW I'm in England so a little behind you Americans with the B4tC story.

[edit] just seem your recommendations of (1) Batman and Son (2) The Black Glove

Batman having a son, hmmmm. An almost jumped-the-shark event for me. One of my real bugbears(?) with movies/tv-shows/comics is when we have a decent man informed that they are infact a father, and that the child isn't a baby but a 10year old, and this man is expected to be immediately ok with this fact and not angry in the slightest at being denied the experience of fatherhood for those past 10years, and having missed out on all the wonderessness that knowing you're a father and being involved with the upbringing of a new life.

( I'd really like to see a David Kelley Lawyer show episode where the man sues the woman for keeping his fatherhood a secret - well he had a football (aka soccer) coach being sued for not making his team where crash helmets to protect them from heading the ball - but I might be getting off the subject a little )