Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

Bleeding Cool told you that Grant Morrison would be co-writing the upcoming Metal: The Wild Hunt oneshot. But the moment is being prepared for in today's Batman: Lost. Right from the first page with the grandfather Bruce Wayne talking to his granddaughter Janet. But not just her….

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

He's talking to us. But not just us. He's talking to Grant Morrison. Who, with Chas Truog, gave us this scene in Animal Man in the eighties…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

Itself inspired by a scene by Bryan Talbot in Brainstorm in the seventies.

 

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And Janet isn't even Janet, she's the great bat god Barbatos taken human form, obsessed with the stories of Batman. And we see the books upon the shelf, reminiscent of many DC fans' shelves who are reading the comic.
Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

And indeed, continuity is often up in the air. Grant Morrison had a word for that too. But it gives us a chance to revisit other stories with Bruce and Barbatos…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

…from the Return of Bruce Wayne, the story that saw Morrison resurrect the idea of Barbatos…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

To the Dark Night, Dark City story by Peter Milligan and Kieron Dwyer which originated the idea of the great god Barbatis being involved with the life and history of Batman as this scene…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

…is recreated anew with a more active Thomas Wayne.Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

And a willing sacrifice…Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

…who suddenly looks a lot like Catwoman.

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

And she can see him. She can see us. And knows her place in the story as nothing more. There are other stories revisited and retold, but one in particular is brought up again…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

That Barbatos was the bat that broke through the window.

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

But now that Barbatos was more than just an inspiration, was a guiding hand.

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

And that the Dark Knights from the rest of Metal are what Batman would have been without such a guiding hand.

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

Which itself has allusions to previous issues of Grant Morrison's Batman…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

"A place where all seems lost…"

And as for Hypertime, that also gets a mention today, over in Detective Comics

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

Hypertime was a storytelling device created by Grant Morrison and Mark Waid in 1999 and primarily used in Waid's comic, The Flash, as well as the limited maxiseries, The Kingdom. It was an early attempt to restore the DC Multiverse, presenting it as a multitude of alternate realities that somehow diverge from the "main timestream" in one way or another and sometimes reconnect with the "main timestream" briefly.

This is not the only time it has had mention in DC Rebirth… in both Flash…

Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

…and Justice League.
Hello Grant Morrison! DC Comics Can See You! (Batman Lost #1 Spoilers)

With Morrison co-writing Metal and currently working on Multiversity Too, is this a Hypertime rebirth as well?

Batman: Lost #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Josh Williamson, Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette, Jorge Jimenez, Jamie Mendoza, Wil Quintana, Nathan Fairburn and Alejandro Sanchez is published by DC Comics today. Dark Night, Dark City and The Return Of Bruce Wayne are available in collections.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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