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COMIC REVIEW: BATMAN #666

Author: Bill Ramey
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

FROM DC COMICS: "Meet Damian Wayne, the Batman of Tomorrow in this special issue set 15 years from now in a nightmarish future Gotham! In a world torn apart by terrorism, plagues, rogue weather and bizarre super-crime, only 24 hours are left before the climactic battle of Armageddon — and only one man who might be able to stop it.

But will he?

The Son of the Bat meets the Prince of Darkness and the stage is set for the ultimate battle between evil and moral ambiguity. Can Damian make peace with his heritage to save the world? Find out in BATMAN #666." "

BATMAN #666 is a rather bizarre tale to say the least.

Set in a future Gotham, Bruce Wayne is dead and his son by Talia -- Damien Wayne -- now patrols the streets as The Batman. Not only is Gotham still protected by a Dark Knight, there’s a Commissioner Gordon there to help as well.

I’m not going to give away too much of the plot, because this is one hell of a story and you deserve to go into it as fresh as I did. So here’s the deal…

A mysterious “Fake Batman” -- the third one to appear in Gotham -- is raising, ahem, “hell” in the city. The new Commissioner Gordon holds the Damien Batman responsible for the death of the original Batman, so The Batman is constantly pursued by the Gotham PD. And amongst all of this, Gotham -- actually, the world -- is going to hell in a hand basket.

So what’s the deal here? Bruce Wayne dead. Damien’s the new Batman. Barbara is now the GPD commissioner. Is this “officially” how everything for The Batman and Gotham turn out?

I took this one-off as an “Elseworlds” tale -- even though it certainly isn’t labeled as such. Perhaps this is just one of many possible futures for the world of Batman -- and “Batman in Bethlehem” just so happens to be writer Grant Morrison’s take on it.

Even though I personally hope things turn out different for Bruce Wayne and Gotham in the future, I absolutely LOVED this issue! Morrison’s writing is top-notch here and I can’t say enough about Andy Kubert’s artwork -- it’s simply marvelous.

Great writing, spectacular artwork, BATMAN #666 gets a “run down to your comic book shop now and buy” recommendation from yours truly.

Hell, I wouldn’t mind seeing a miniseries set in this possible future Gotham. How about you?

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