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Yes, a lot happens across the board in this issue, but Final Crisis #6 is all about Batman. After the events of “Batman RIP,” the final (wink) fate of Batman as Bruce Wayne is revealed in Final Crisis #6. Yes, Batman survived the helicopter crash and subsequent capture by Darkseid. Yes, Batman confronts Darkseid in Denim for the big showdown. Equipped with the Radion laced bullet that killed Orion, Batman makes an once in a lifetime exception to his no fire arm rule. As Bruce Wayne’s entire crusade against evil started with a gun, he comes full circle faced with the embodiment of evil. Darkseid threatens Batman with the Omega Sanction, a cosmic beam that subjects the target to a series of worsening alternate lives, to which Batman replies with “Try me.” Darkseid in Denim blasts the Omega Sanction as Batman’s bullet connects, seemingly (but unlikely) killing the Fifth World God. With a knowing and accepting grin, Batman is struck by the beam. At the end of FC#6, Superman is seeing carrying a boney, charred body of Batman.

Now, though it may certainly appear as if Batman is dead following the sure to be iconic image of a burnt Bats, you can save the eulogy for later since the Omega Sanction doesn’t necessarily equate death. Grant Morrison’s entire run on Batman has pretty much been all about showing how awesome Bruce Wayne is. If anyone can survive a string of worsening alternate lives, it has to be Bruce Wayne. The most exciting thing about the whole event: how Bruce Wayne returns (because you know he will). If they play their cards right, this can make for some seriously cool comic book moments. IF they do it right.

The other high point of this issue for me was Tawky Tawny vs Kalibak. Thee end. Will Tawky Tawny lead the Tiger Army against the Justifiers?

I’ve been pretty optimistic about the series as a whole, but it worries me that there’s so much that needs to happen in a single issue. It’s almost like having a 5 second finale.

aand scene. See what Morrision has to say about the issue here.

End of the Year List: Comic Books
(criteria: personal favorites of books released in 2008)

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

What It Is: Dick Sprang inspired Batman teams up with other Super Heroes to battle Super Villains.

What It’ll Be Marketed As: Light-hearted Batman for Kids.

Why It’s Actually More Gratifying For Comic Book Fans: The show passes over the usual suspects for lesser known but equally rich characters starting with the new Blue Beetle. I mean, Deadman, Metamorpho, Kamandi?? Black Manta, Gentleman Ghost???  These great characters would not have been able to be highlighted in other animated incarnations, save in the form of brief cameos.

What You’ll Get: More gratifying comic book nods and references than any other Bat-Show.

Should You Watch It: Yes.

Air Time: 8PM Fridays, Cartoon Network.

is it entirely redundant to say that this was amazing?

“the dark knight” is coming out this friday and you know this already because a) you’ve been unlucky enough to hear all about it from me, or b) because of the amazing and extensive viral marketing campaign.

surprisingly though, a lot of people have no idea how extensive the marketing has been: dozens of websites, national scavenger hunts to uncover hints that lead to new hints, gotham newspapers. there was even a real campaign van that went to various cities urging citizens to vote for harvey dent.

you can check out the history of the viral campaign at or go to to visit the viral sites. remember when the very first image of heath ledger’s joker was released and we were all skeptical? and how now, we wouldn’t have it any other way? seems like so long ago!

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