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Preview: Batman #702

Your questions, answered?


If you read Batman R.I.P and Final Crisis, then chances are this is the issue you have been waiting for. Grant Morrison left readers with many unanswered questions by the end of Final Crisis and Batman R.I.P. Was the Batman that supposedly killed Darkseid really Bruce Wayne? And if so, then has Bruce violated his own pact of never using a gun? Was the corpse that we saw Superman carrying Bruce Wayne's, and if not, then whose? 
 
Morrison and Tony Daniel have teamed up once again to (hopefully) bring readers the answers to many of these questions in Batman #702 which hits stores Wednesday, August 25th, 2010. Will the excerpts from Bruce's journal answer our questions? Be sure to check out this issue next week, I know I will! What do you think of the panels below? Are you looking forward to the issue? 
 
 

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Edited by FadeToBlackBolt

Can't wait! :D:D:D
 
Bruce is coming back! Woo, hooray for my favourite fictional character ever!

Posted by dondasch

Ah, Mr. Morrison, what grand literary wizardry awaits us on the 25th.

Posted by Alphaproto

Can't wait.  
Morrison for King of everything in 2011
Posted by NightFang

Can't wait to read it!

Posted by IronSpidy-Rooney

Hopefully we get the answers we're looking for 

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@Alphaproto said:
" Can't wait.  Morrison for King of everything in 2011 "
Seconded. His run on Doom Patrol is still one of the defining aspects of my literary life.
Posted by Skies327

One word: Epic.

Posted by Bobby X

OMG i can't wait. It feels like it was sooo long ago that #701 came out...or any Grant Morrison Batman for that matter... 
 
I need my fix :)
Posted by Crimson Eagle

Thanks for the preview Babs. :)
Posted by N7_Normandy
@NightFang said:
" Can't wait to read it! "
Posted by Nick-SV(ril)

So far,all awesome. Can't wait.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

I love that Bruce references the "Magic Bullet" as literally. lol It's a little call back to the Kennedy assassination, going so far as to even reference it, and the theory of the magic bullet. It's also a theory about a bullet that can pierce the body, not exit, and disappear without leaving any forensic trace.
The most common idea is an ice bullet. The show Mythbusters attempted an ice bullet, but discovered that ice is just too brittle. It can't survive being cast into a bullet or the explosive charge.
 
So, it was a time bullet?? That's their big excuse for the time travel? I know this is only a preview, but it feels a bit weak. I'm at least glad that they reference back to how a bullet killed Thomas and Martha Wayne.

" - the madman's home made murder machine. "

Seriously?? How many people home make bullets?
Posted by Comiclove5

Morrison is just a genius writer, everything he writes is a great read (you know except for final crisis). I cannot wait for this issue.

Posted by BKole
@FoxxFireArt:  You realise of course that the moment you start applying logic to a character like Batman, it falls apart? 
 
I subscribe to Morrison's thoughts in the sense that we read comics to get away from Real World stuff, and that Comics shouldn't be completely reflective of reality, because otherwise Batman would be 70 years old. Take it on face value that, in world where the Joker hasn't been electrocuted and where a man is made from Clay and isn't dead, someone home makes Bullets.
Posted by blade hunter

I dont think Dick has had a fair crack at being Batman and i rather Dick as Batman instead of Bruce.

Posted by No_Name_
@blade hunter said:
" I dont think Dick has had a fair crack at being Batman and i rather Dick as Batman instead of Bruce. "
Why can't he just be his own person? Why should he have to walk in the shadow of his adopted Father?
Posted by FoxxFireArt
@BKole: 
Ah yes, how foolish of me to think a "detective" would be logical.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@Babs said:
" @blade hunter said:
" I dont think Dick has had a fair crack at being Batman and i rather Dick as Batman instead of Bruce. "
Why can't he just be his own person? Why should he have to walk in the shadow of his adopted Father? "
That at no one can be Batman other than Bruce. Dick is Nightwing, and he should go back to being him.
Posted by gonzooo

I wonder if Dick will go back to Nightwing, probably

Posted by Silkcuts

I am excited! 

Edited by johnny_spam
@FoxxFireArt: Darkseid's Omega beams were the reason he went back in time not the bullet. 
 
I just want to say how cool that cover is Batman is looking at a murder scene but instead of a chalk outline it's rays from the heavens. It's everything Grant Morrison's Batman is a detective a human but clashing with things beyond human comprehension. 
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@johnny spam said:
" @FoxxFireArt: Darkseid's Omega beams were the reason he went back in time not the bullet. "
Yep, that's Radion in the bullet.
Posted by BKole
@FoxxFireArt:  
 
He dresses up as a giant bat and knows 127 different forms of martial arts, as well as knowing a huge deal about a vareity of different subjects ranging from Engineering, to Forensic science. There's a limit to Logical. How can someone know that many forms of martial arts and still BE that young? Suspend the disbelief just a tiny bit.
Posted by jakob187
@Babs said:
" @blade hunter said:
" I dont think Dick has had a fair crack at being Batman and i rather Dick as Batman instead of Bruce. "
Why can't he just be his own person? Why should he have to walk in the shadow of his adopted Father? "
Who said he's walking in the shadow of his adopted father?  That's the thing - people are looking at it from the wrong point of view.  The Batman, this mythos and symbol that Bruce built, is not about Bruce.  BRUCE is about Bruce.  In the beginning, sure - Batman was made as a way for Bruce to deal with his parents' death and fight against those that brought it about.  However, over the years, it became more than that.  The Batman is a force that fights crime, stops evil, and chokes out the corrupt.  I have a feeling that it where Morrison is going with Batman Inc., showing that it's not about the person who is Batman anymore but what the symbol of Batman stands for.
 
So my question is this:  why do people look at Dick being Batman as "walking in Bruce's shadow" instead of "taking up the mantle to do what is right"?  What is wrong with Dick being Batman?
 
Nonetheless, with Chris Kent gone and the Nightwing position open again, there's that chance that Dick could be Nightwing again and all will be right for so many DC fans.  At the same time, there's that whole thing of Grant literally saying in your interview with him "Dick gets shot in the head and all...".
Posted by mistrx75

I like it.  I definitely need to pick it up.

Posted by TheMess1428

I don't see how this will answer all the questions. I figured pretty much all of it out just reading the first 12 issues of BATMAN AND ROBIN. All I see in these two issues is the gap between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS. That's it. Not answering anything for me.

Posted by batmanboy11

I'm looking foward to this. It is a Morrison book after all.
Posted by No_Name_
@jakob187 said:
" @Babs said:
" @blade hunter said:
" I dont think Dick has had a fair crack at being Batman and i rather Dick as Batman instead of Bruce. "
Why can't he just be his own person? Why should he have to walk in the shadow of his adopted Father? "
Who said he's walking in the shadow of his adopted father?  That's the thing - people are looking at it from the wrong point of view.  The Batman, this mythos and symbol that Bruce built, is not about Bruce.  BRUCE is about Bruce.  In the beginning, sure - Batman was made as a way for Bruce to deal with his parents' death and fight against those that brought it about.  However, over the years, it became more than that.  The Batman is a force that fights crime, stops evil, and chokes out the corrupt.  I have a feeling that it where Morrison is going with Batman Inc., showing that it's not about the person who is Batman anymore but what the symbol of Batman stands for. So my question is this:  why do people look at Dick being Batman as "walking in Bruce's shadow" instead of "taking up the mantle to do what is right"?  What is wrong with Dick being Batman? Nonetheless, with Chris Kent gone and the Nightwing position open again, there's that chance that Dick could be Nightwing again and all will be right for so many DC fans.  At the same time, there's that whole thing of Grant literally saying in your interview with him "Dick gets shot in the head and all...". "
I address this on this week's podcast which should be up soon... :)
Posted by elayem98

does anyone else think tony daniels art recently looks terrible?(i loved his work in battle for cowl btw)

Posted by GraphicCasualFreak

WOW, should be awesome!

Posted by batmanboy11
@elayem98 said:
"does anyone else think tony daniels art recently looks terrible?(i loved his work in battle for cowl btw) "

I still like Daniel's art but something did change between battle for the cowl and when he started writing and drawing Batman on issue 692. And one minor complaint I have with the art in 701 and 702, in RIP Daniel drew Batman with long Bat-ears on the cowl, but in 701 and 702, the ears are short. It doesn't really make sense.
Posted by mattydeNero
@jakob187 said:
" @Babs said:
So my question is this:  why do people look at Dick being Batman as "walking in Bruce's shadow" instead of "taking up the mantle to do what is right"?  What is wrong with Dick being Batman?

Absolutely nothing at all.  I have been reading Batman titles monthly since a little before R.I.P.  I thought the choice of Dick helming the cowl was a bit obvious, but I am really glad looking back.  Although he did things a bit unconventionally, Dick has done a good job thus far.  Now, if he continues to be Bats, then everyone will be comparing this entire arc of two years to Captain America's death/rebirth.  I know I do already. 
 
It's amazing that Bats #701 took everything that has happened since Final Crisis and more or less threw it out the window.  This is the story I have been waiting for as far as the character of Batman goes.  I was extremely happy with this issue and can't wait to read #702.
Posted by Planewalker

Man whats the point of killing characters in comics... Damn they are so going to ruin the vibe between Dick and Damian. 

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@Planewalker: Dick wont die. He was originally going to die in Infinite Crisis (one of the biggest DC events ever), and the writers felt he was too important to the DCU, Johns even went as far as to call him the "Soul of the DC Universe". I doubt he'll die in an issue of Batman and Robin when he was too important to go out in IC. 
 
I think he might be temporarily paralysed and be wheelchair buddies with Babs for awhile, then they'll be a big Return of Nightwing arc a few months later.