Two comic books published today, both starring Batman (unsurprisingly) but both featuring conversations with the dead. Justice League #52 has Bruce Wayne being visited by his dead mother Martha Wane, as part of being subdued by the Black Mercy Rose. While Batman #98 has Batman, intoxicated by poisons, being visited by his dead butler, Alfred Pennyworth. And they both have words for him,
Imaginary Martha Wayne takes stock of Bruce Wayne's current position and challenges it. Bruce Wayne keeps on being the Batman and, now that 5G has been quietly disposed of, while continue being Batman, forever. Imaginary Martha thinks this might not quite be the healthiest option. And her attitude to the Batman, as opposed to Bruce Wayne is… quite a strong one.
It also lines up a little with the parallel dimension Batman, Thomas Wayne, who is still knocking around the DC Universe and did his best to persuade Batman to no longer be Batman – which as Thomas Wayne was already his own Batman, was the biggest do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do going around. Martha however doesn't have that baggage. While in Batman #98, Imaginary Alfred comes down hard in the other direction. To get Bruce Wayne to stop moping and self-analysing and just get on with it. Batman up.
But it's not an argument that Imaginary Martha has much truck by. He has indeed saved so many people, but at what cost to himself?
In the end, of course, Batman wins. Batman always wins. For better or for worse.
Batman #98 and Justice League #52 are published today.
BATMAN #98 JOKER WAR
(W) James TynionIV (A) Guillem March (CA) Tony S. Daniel
Gotham City is a battleground as The Joker takes over the Wayne fortune and wages a street war against the Dark Knight and his allies! Enter the "war zone" with short stories featuring characters like Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, and Luke Fox and see how they're fighting back in a city under siege! Also, the brutal full debut of the mysterious new anti-hero known as CloIn Shops: Sep 02, 2020 SRP: $3.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE #52
(W) Robert Venditti (A) Xermanico (CA) Gary Frank
"The Garden of Mercy" part two of two! For the first time, the Justice League explores the planet of the Black Mercy's origin. One flower is enough to incapacitate even the strongest hero, but with an entire planet full of them, the Justice League must steel their minds or else succumb to the withering effects of the great tree at the core. With Batman unable to cope, can Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern survive the horrors of their souls?In Shops: Sep 02, 2020