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November 25, 2008

Stupid Comic Book Stunt: Yet Another Major Superhero To Die. Who Haven't We Done Yet? Oh, Right: Batman
Correction: Not Quite Dead

Okay.

Batman is not an magical hero (though he does get involved with the supernatural a fair amount), so bringing him back to life (which they will of course do) is a very tricky business. Use magic to bring him to life and you've made the quintessential no-magic-or-technomagic-powers superhero into an expressly magical one. The magic of his rebirth will be unavoidably part of his character.

Of course, he might just be faking his death to, um, lull criminals into a false sense of security (resulting in a criminal rampage and many civilian deaths... ah, the plan is working perfectly!), but 1, that's lame, and 2, I'm pretty sure he's done that before. At least like six times.

Another dumb stunt to sell comic books. I thought that the nineties had taught them there was a downside to relying on "event" issues to drive sales. Spiderman had great sales through its infamous Peter Parker is really a clone story arc... and then the public got really annoyed by the whole stunt. I think sales are still depressed by that, or at least were for a long time afterwards.

Clarification/Correction: As lorien points out, they're not necessarily talking about death. Hinting at it, but not saying death.

There are rumours that Batman will suffer a gruesome end when his sidekick Robin goes over to "the dark side" and destroys him in a terrible betrayal.

Batman, alter ego of Bruce Wayne a wealthy industrialist, operates in the American Gotham City.

Others speculate that Wayne may either retire from his duties or be killed by a mystery villain known as the Black Glove.

His fate will be revealed in the latest issue of DC Comic's Batman, published on 26 November.

Either way, his demise will lead to a hunt for a replacement.

"What I am doing is a fate worse than death, things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all," Mr Morrison told Comic Book Resources.

"A fate worse than death" is not in fact death. Being worse than death and all.

All right, so Robin's "turning to the dark side." All right. Sounds like this is Robin's big infiltration mission. He's "evil" now, you see. Wink wink.

Fake death.

Related: Robert Downey Junior Talks Avengers Team-Up Movie:


Wait, that's not the Avengers.

Here's the link.

Not really a lot there. I just needed an excuse to link The Mighty Heroes.

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