I'm a big proponent of rereading my favorite stories (sometimes over and over) in collected form. I prefer to do this because I feel like I am much more satisfied taking the story in in one or two sittings, as opposed to broken up over an entire 6 months or, worse, a year. I've had a lot of time due to being off from school for winter break recently and I've been able to reread Scott Snyder's Batman, Kyle Higgins' Nightwing, and Gates of Gotham. I plan on tearing into the Black Mirror hardcover sometime later this week also.
After rereading all these stories, which are, collectively, a sizeable portion of the recent Bat-mythos, I can't help but want for Dick to be back under the cowl. Now, I know this a somewhat loaded statement, so I don't want it to be misconstrued -- I'm thoroughly enjoying both Batman and Nightwing right now, but I feel like Dick's time under the cowl was rushed and cut short because of the New 52. I think the release of Leviathan right now kind of supports my claim; it certainly is evidence that Morrison did not have the time he would have liked with Batman, Inc..
I feel like there was so much more that writers could have done with Dick wearing the Bat-suit given enough time. I understand that Bruce had to come back, but I definitely thought Dick's time would have lasted a lot longer than it did. There's no reason why Dick couldn't have remained as Gotham's Batman while Bruce was expanding Batman, Inc., other than the fact that Batman, Inc. was cut way short by the New 52, of course. Morrison concluding his overarching story now is bad timing and I do feel like Batman, Inc., as a concept, lost a lot of its steam. I'll be rereading Morrison's entire run once I have all the trades and I know it will read like a masterpiece when I do, but for now, it is feeling kind of limp.
I just don't understanding why DC chose to have the Bat-books change the way that they did in September. There are no real astonishing changes, and the things that have been changed are a little ridiculous (yes, I'm referring to the ages of all the characters and the ludicrous timeline that's been established). And because of that, the books seem to be very similar to the standard. And again, this is not a critique of the stories that are going on right now -- they're fantastic Gotham City stories -- rather the editorial decision to abandon over a years worth of buildup and character growth in favor of starting over and getting back to the straight basics.
I'd even go as far as to say that I would have liked have seen Dick hold the mantle semi-permanently (i.e.: for >10 years), but I'm sure many would disagree with me and we all knew that would never happen. I do hope that, soon, the timeline will be straightened out and things will become more clear as to where they fit into continuity -- because, right now, it doesn't really fit -- and that writers will be allowed to go back and explore Dick's time under the cowl and in Gotham.
What do you guys think? Was Dick's time cut short? Do you think creators will, or would you like to see them, explore more of Dick's time as Batman?