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The relationship between the Bat and the Cat has been one of the run's Kubert and Gaiman's Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader. only Gaiman and Kubert can, explores the intricate relationships between Bruce Wayne and his friends and Detective Comics # - Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader, Part 2 by I do have to say that if it is, this is a fitting end. As the original line of Detective Comics came to an end, Neil Gaiman was .. It's been so long since I've read Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?.
Neil Gaiman, arguably the one creator whose name moves the most comics among the non-comic-book-reading crowd; his collaborator Andy Kubert; the most popular superhero in the world today in Batman; a thematical and nominal connection to another evergreen book, Alan Moore and Curt Swan's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
But it's now four years later, and maybe it sells newer readers, but it's not really the subject of much conversation among hardcore comic fans, Batman fans there's a differenceor even Gaiman fans the way other Batman stories—such as Dark Knight Returns, Batman: You'd be hardpressed to find it on a lot of top 10 lists I just Googled it, and of the first three results, it makes one top 25 list at number 12 and doesn't make the other two lists at all.
It's Batman's wake, but instead of your standard guests, Batman's are composed of his villains and supporting cast members. Each one is giving a eulogy, their own specific tale of how Batman died. And it's clear from the get-go that these guys are all from different incarnations of the Batman universe. The first chapter, originally published in Batmanshows the wake, and then two eulogies: The framing sequence—the wake—shows Batman narrating while speaking to a woman he can't quite figure out the identity of.
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The first "death" narrated involves the Golden Age Catwoman. The two stories given in the first issue are pretty complete.
The second chapter, originally published in Detective Comicsspeeds that up and shows only snippets of the other "deaths," each one harkening to a specific incarnation of Batman. By the middle of the issue, Batman figures out the woman he's talking to is his mom, Martha, and it's a near-death experience. He then spends several splash pages talking about the nature of Batman—how he's a hero who never gives up—then goes off into a Goodnight Moon riff where Batman says "good night" to every significant element of his life.
Some people have pointed to DC's then-continuity for the story's being overlooked. I have to say that I don't really buy that explanation. I wasn't collecting Batman at the time I had very little interestbut I bought both issues off the stands when they first came out, and I remember loving the first issue.
To me, it stood alone as a story, just as WHTTMOT stood alone as a story, and the very concept of the story, with the different Batman deaths, certainly lent itself to any story where Batman "ends" or "dies. The book is packaged and marketed to stand on its own.Review: Batman - Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman
It can go anywhere. However, the format itself may have been a problem. As I mentioned, I loved the first issue. I went on the internet to talk about it right away, I thought the concept was brilliant, and it not only had the Jokermobile and the Catmobile, but it also had a Two-Facemobile.
I loved the first one so much that I couldn't wait for the second one I actually don't remember the delays for it, but every time I look it up, it says there was a huge delay in between issues, so, clearly, I have other things occupying my brainspacebut the second issue was kind of disappointing. Granted, I really enjoyed the inventiveness of Gaiman's two short stories in chapter 1, and understood that he had to wrap up the entire main story in chapter 2, but it ended up being anticlimactic.
I guess that shouldn't be a surprise considering anticlimax is a Gaiman trademark, but it felt, in this case, like a let-down. Then I read it again and, knowing what was coming, loved it, and then again and didn't like it. It's very much a mood thing.
Does anyone else feel cheated whenever a hero is defined by "He never gives up"? Of course they don't; they're superheroes.
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Which superheroes give up? Isn't Quasar notable for having "defeatist" as a main characteristic? But the two chapters are such a drastic shift in pace and tone that I imagine they don't read very smoothly in a collected edition. The story shifts from a slow buildup with two complete short stories to a breakneck pace where the stories only consisted of six panels or less.
To compound that, the moment it's revealed that the woman Batman is talking to is his mom, the story shifts pace yet again, turning into a bunch of splash pages where Batman narrates what he's all about.
Beyond having jarring transitions between the main story beats, possibly making the story lose cohesion when read in a collected edition, I think one of the reasons it hasn't gained the traction that a "Gaiman writes a last Batman" story would be expected to get is that it's almost not really a story.
It's a collection of cool moments tied together by a meditation on the nature of Batman as a character. And when they make an offer like that, you say yes.
The Batman presented in the story is not necessarily the one from current DC Universe continuity but rather an indeterminate amalgamation that pays homage to the entirety of the character's year history.
During the wake, a number of prominent figures from Batman's life each tell a tale of Batman and how he eventually died, giving multiple, unique histories of Batman, his life, and death.
The plot of Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Batman —, September—Decemberin which Batman is apparently killed, and the circumstances of his "death" are explained by a succession of villains, each taking credit for the crime in several incompatible stories.
Plot[ edit ] Part 1, Batman [ edit ] The story begins over Gotham Citywhich the narrator describes as being "different. The bartender, Joe Chilltells her that a group is gathered in the back. As Selina makes her way back, she arrives at a wake. At the front of the room is an open casket.
The narrator looks in, and says "That's me This is his funeral.
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Once everyone arrives, the eulogies begin, every one an account of how Batman died. Each story, however, is different. Selina Kyle's eulogy relates the story of her relationship with Batman over the years, first as a criminal who tried to seduce him, later becoming a vigilante to get his attention, and finally retiring to open a cat breeder's salon and sanctuary.
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Her tale ends with a story similar to the death of Robin Hood: Batman came to her store badly wounded, but instead of taking him to a hospital, she tied him to a couch and let him bleed to death. Alfred 's eulogy is a bizarre account of Batman's formation. He tells of how Batman would spend long periods of time failing to apprehend any criminals, which only eroded his sanity further.
To help him, Alfred hired several actor friends to pretend to be supervillains, beginning with a man named Eddie Nash to portray the Riddlerwho had previously retired from acting after falling too deeply into character through method acting. Alfred himself took on the persona of the Joker to give Batman an "opposite number" to fight. The group would work together to keep Bruce happy and "alert" by perpetrating crimes reminiscent of those in Batman's Silver Age adventures, allowing him to "defeat" them and thus keep his fragile psyche and self-esteem together.
However, Bruce discovered the ruse, but would not give up being Batman. Ultimately, Batman was killed when Nash, now psychotic and believing himself to be the Riddler, shoots Batman during a hostage incident. Batman describes this scenario as "impossible. A mysterious female shape appears next to him and says "Not yet.
Why don't you figure it out? Further eulogies are given by friends, associates, and enemies alike. Batman never gives up or surrenders, even in the face of certain death.