Batman #701: Writer: “Mad” Grant Morrison. Artist: Tony Daniels.
Review: This storyline is actually a flashback to what happened to Bruce Wayne between the Batman: RIP storyline and Final Crisis. Bruce manages to swim out of the murky Gotham City waters just after the climatic helicopter crash at the end of RIP. Bruce watches the water for a while to see if Dr. Hurt/the fake(real?)Thomas Wayne emerges from the waters, but Hurt never shows. Once he's positive Hurt wasn't going to show, Bruce walks back to the mansion and after thanking his allies, goes to sleep for a few days, although he continues to think about Hurt's last words to him, “The next time you wear it(the Batman costume)will be the last time.” This leads Bruce to check the wreckage of the helicopter at the bottom of Gotham harbor to see if he can find the body of Hurt, but he discovers nothing. Upon returning to the Cave, he is alerted by Superman of the events of Final Crisis, and he decides to put the cape and cowl on again, figuratively spitting in the face of Hurt in order to investigate the murder of the New Gods.
What I Thought: Well. This was the best Grant Morrison written Bat-story I've ever read hands down. It actually SEEMED like a classic Bat-story. No long-time mythos were destroyed, Damian didn't show up, and the supernatural garbage was kept to a minimum. Wow... I didn't realize Grant could tell a regular, interesting Bat-story. Color me impressed. And yes, to all of you Morrison Followers, I'm wrong, and Grant Morrison is the greatest writer in the history of the world, and I'm an idiot for not realizing that. *shrugs*
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Hey look, it's that Bruce Wayne guy!