"Zur En Arrh"
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea
It seems at this point Morrison is about to stat the rebuilding of Batman and I'm ready for it. There really is a sense of climax approaching and the month long wait seems just cruel. This issue was awesome. For one thing, I want a mini-series of homeless Bruce Wayne running around with Honor Jackson; I found the scene with them booking it with the shopping cart absolutely comical. I have to admit I was confused with some of things in this issue. The begining scene I thought was Jason Todd reading the black casebook because when you see Tim later in the issue it looks remarkably different from the opening. The red motorcycle could be a misdirection on Morrison's part [he is tricky like that]. Another thing that bugged me was the way Hurt [if it was him] was talking when he was about to administer the drugs to Bruce. I honestly thought that it was Thomas Wayne. This issue gives you a lot to chew on and I appreciate how Morrison treats the reader like that. My understanding of this story was that Bruce's mind wasn't ready to accept losing and constructed Honor Jackson as a way to guide him back to where it all began [your inner wise black man is a truly wondrous phenomenon]. I would not put it past Bruce to have planned for something like that. I'm still wondering about the radio and its' significance of it. The best part of this issue was the Dick Grayson development. Putting him on the shelf storyline wise was smart but also in Arkham!!? That was a twist. Morrison puts a lot of events in this issue and there is still the muderous clown elephant in the room, the Joker. The Joker vs this crazy Batman could be one legendary showdown. There is also the question of Jet, I don't like her character or anything, but she disappeared completely so she is probably relevant in some way. The art is great on phenom level depending on wheter or not that was Jason at the start of the issue so I'm not pulling the trigger on this rating. This issue is an honest to god turning point in this story and I'm having a lot of fun reading this. Bottom line: