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‘Batman: The Return’ #1 [Annotations]

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Grant Morrison's run continues this week with both Batman: The Return and ComicsAlliance is here, as usual, to break down the books page by page and examine them in the context of both Morrison's body of work and the history of the character.

We'll get to Batman Inc later, but first up is the Return one-shot. In this issue you'll see Grant Morrison writing a full Bat-Family for the first time in his run, Bruce and Damian test driving their working rel

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The All-Over: ‘Return of Bruce Wayne’ #6 [Annotations]

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Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6 finally drops this week. As the issue title "The All-Over " suggests, Morrison's grand Batman epic so far seems to have come to a fairly final conclusion. Or so I'd think if I didn't know Incorporated was coming up. I'm surprised

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Black Mass: Batman and Robin #16 [Annotations]

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This week, Grant Morrison's run on Batman and Robin concludes with the final chapter, "Black Mass." Since Return of Bruce Wayne #6 isn't coming out until next week, the exact details of the end of Bruce's journey through time and the true nature of Barbatos will have to go unanswered for now. In this i

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Batman and Robin #15 Annotations: Knight, Death and the Devil

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After last week's trip to the past in Return of Bruce Wayne #5, we're back to the present and Batman and Robin #15, the last part of the "Batman and Robin Must Die!" arc by Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving. Like the other two parts, it's named after a piece of gothic art: "Knight, Death and the Devil." The Joker is Death,

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Annotations: Breaking Down ‘Batman’ #702 [Spoilers]

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We continue our annotations of the Grant Morrison run by breaking down "Batman" #702, by Morrison with art by Tony Daniel, complete with SPOILERS. This issue: the long-sought-after connective tissue between "Final Crisis" and "Return of Bruce Wayne", as well as the reason why we got to hear Bruce narrating all of these events. Last issue I was wondering what the po

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Annotations: ‘Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne’ #4 [Spoilers]

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And we're back again, this time with yet another issue of "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne." This one eschews the search plot to focus purely on the story from Bruce's perspective -- or, more precisely, from the perspective of the people around Bruce, who is completely silent for this entire issue in a nod to the silent, nameless lone gunslinger (or Batarang-slinger) archetype

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Annotations: ‘Batman’ #701 [Spoilers]

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First off, the entire existence of this comic is sort of weird. It's a clear continuation of the "Batman R.I.P." story that ended in #681, minus the fact that #681 ended with the tail end of the framing sequence that began the arc

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Annotations: ‘Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne’ #3 [Spoilers]

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The next link in this summer's Bat-chain comes with this week's "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" #3 by Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe and Nathan Fairbairn. It's a relatively straightf

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The ‘Iron Man 2′ Annotations: Breaking Down the Blockbuster

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It is the duty of geeks everywhere to go over certain movies with a fine tooth comb, to look in the background for hidden jokes and Easter eggs, to ponder what throw-away jokes may be deliberate allusions to future plot points or the original material the film is based on

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Annotations: ‘Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne’ #1 [Spoilers]

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I'm behind on my annotations on the last arc, but anyone who's read me pre-Comics Alliance knows that I have a deep, abiding love for dissecting and analyzing Grant Morrison's extended run on Batman, in all of the forms and titles it's been taking in my previous annotations on Morrison

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