Bruce Wayne Finally Decides to Become the Dark Knight Once Again in the Latest Issue of Batman

Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 7:47PM
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Thursday, 21 January 2016 - 7:47PM
Bruce Wayne Finally Decides to Become the Dark Knight Once Again in the Latest Issue of Batman
Bruce Wayne lost his memory after the events of Batman: Endgame, the epic story by famed comic creators Snyder and Capullo that concluded in May of 2015. The story ended with the "deaths" of both the Batman and Joker. When Bruce was revived shortly after, he came back with total amnesia, and wishing to finally grant him peace in his life, Alfred and the rest of the family declined to tell him the whole truth about his past. However, in last month's issue, Bruce finally pieced together the puzzle and realized that it was he who was this mythic Batman that everyone spoke of. Now, he's come to the conclusion that all fans have been waiting for. Bruce must once again become the Dark Knight of Gotham City.  

This decision comes at the end of one of the most interesting conversations that Batman has ever had with his nemesis, the Joker. Of course, Joker's a bit confused about his own past as well, and he doesn't appear as the same pale-skinned, green haired enemy that everyone's come to know. Yet from many of his statements, it's hard not to believe that he's seen glimpses into his own past. Likewise, it's made clear that the Joker quite possibly knows more than he's letting on.  

Now, the Joker works in a butcher shop and has been contemplating suicide after everything's he's been through in the past months. However, having went through the same end and amnesia as Bruce, he ends up giving his old friend a bit of advice: "don't go back to who you were before." Though that's probably what Bruce wants more than anything, the events that follow simply won't allow him.  

The new villain introduced in the story, Mr. Bloom, issues a declaration to the people of Gotham. He's planted his "seeds" which temporarily grant superpowers before killing the user all around the city, and he's incapacitated (and possibly killed) GCPD's official "Batman," Jim Gordon, exposing his identity to the world. He encourages the citizens of Gotham to join him and use his seeds, an offer that many take, including a girl at the children's shelter Bruce has been working at. She dies in a horrific fashion, leaving splashes of her blood all over the room - including Bruce's face.    

The final panels of the issue show a frantic Alfred, sobbing noticeably and covering his ears, saying "I can't hear you" as his master continuously bangs and breaks down the door. He must know what comes next, as Bruce utters the final line of the issue: "Take me to my cave."  

Enough can't be said about Snyder and Capullo's follow up to Endgame. Though many gave up on the book due to the fact that Bruce Wayne would not be Batman, they've managed to accomplish an extraordinary feat in coming up with a story that's just as thrilling as the one they just finished telling. Of course, Bruce Wayne is promised to be fully reinstated as Batman in issue 50 (due out March 23rd), but the transformation has officially begun. He's made his choice to return to the cape and cowl, and readers should be dying to see what comes next.
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