I absolutly love Grant Morrison, but I admit he's not a writer for everyone. He's extremely complex when he wants to and he likes taking his time developing his stories. Something that started more than two years ago it's beginning to yield fruit right now, so I understand that people who like a more traditional approach to storytelling dislike his style. See, for example, his run on Animal Man (#01-24) or the aforementioned Batman run. He can be a be more of a "traditional" writer sometimes (WE3, Joe the Barbarian) but he's always Grant Morrison.
" @Edamame: Not to rain on the happy go lucky parade.... but racism exists for all of the reasons you listed. Sure, it's nice that you've come to the realization, but most of the time, people are such massive douche bags that they can't stand to look at it this way. They'll judge in a heart beat for life style choices, cultural choices, religious choices, Etc. Sad, but true. "
I know, but racism can't exist if there aren't any variations in race amongst the human race. Many people discriminate against each other because of difference in culture, language, etc."
The concept of "race" for humans is not the same as for animals or plants. Actually, this is exactly what "race" means when applied to human beings: ethnicity, a mixture between genetic makeup (because even belonging to the same species we do have differences in a genetic level) and cultural identity (nationality, history, common language, etc). It's true that among anthropologists the term is old-fashioned and not fully correct nowadays, but generally speaking, "race" and "ethnicity" are, to a certain extent, synonyms when used to refer to human beings. So yes, racism can and does exist, even if the word has already fossilized in the language, with a meaning independent from the original word it comes from. Check the OED if you're still arguing over the semantics of the word...
Maybe you can add the two-part Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman. It's not exactly essential to the story, but it's a great poetic approach to Batman's "death" and it's later, briefly, referenced in #702 (IIRC). Oh, and obviously, The Return of Bruce Wayne. Other than that, I think you're fine. You should try to read it first as it was originally published, not in an in-story chronological order. Then, when you are done, you go back and try to put it all together as it "should be". It's a much better read that way.
" You don't understand what I'm saying. In some Batman comic, Bruce himself said he had been Batman for 10 Years. Considering he canonically started when he was 25, that would have made him 35. Since then, he has gone through One Year Later (Which was a Year in DC Universe) and No Man's Land (Which was also a Year.) that'd make him at the very minimum 37. Aside from that, he has also gone through 20 years of Comics since stating he had been Batman for 10 years. Including pretty major events such as Hush, Infinite Crisis ect, ect. I think as a minimum, we can judge that it would be about a 3 year stretch considering what has happened in that time. "
Where did that retcon take place? I thought Year One was still the canonical origin for Batman, with some minor alterations, of course.
" @Joey Ravn: Thanks for the help man, I think i get it now, although someone should edit down that Black Adam has enhanced senses. "
You can edit his entry yourself if you want. I really don't know if Black Adam can see the future, partially or totally, but I don't think so. He does have enhanced sight and hearing, among other traits, when in his Black Adam form thanks to the magic of Shazam. Also, take into account that claivoyance in a broader meaning can also imply empathy (feeling what others feel), ESP (extra-sensory perception) and other forms of "getting knowledge without the normal human senses", so maybe Black Adam could fall into this category, if you stretch the definition a bit.