Batman: R.I.P.

Batman #676

Cover Date: June 2008
Subtitle: Batman RIP: Midnight in the House of Hurt
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Dr. Hurt and the Black Glove welcomed a new member: M'sieur Le Bossu. Elsewhere, Batman and Robin took down a crazed man wanting to be like so many other costumed villains.
Back home, Bruce spent some time with Jezebel; Robin questioned Alfred about Bruce's sanity. Jezebel showed Bruce an invitation she'd received from the Black Glove.
The Black Glove approached the Joker in Arkham.

Batman #677

Cover Date: July 2008
Subtitle: Batman RIP: Batman in the Underworld
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Batman took down a costumed villain in the sewer and handed him over to Gordon. In the frey, he was cut on his right shoulder. In the cave, Batman and Alfred talked about the movie "The Black Glove." John Mayhew was involved in it. Batman feared Dr. Hurt was, too. Alfred headed out to watch the film.
Hurt and the Black Glove prepared to move in. The "Gargoyle's" cut had also introduced a drug into Batman that would allow the posthypnotic trigger phrase to make Batman vulnerable.
Gordon got a visit from a news reporter who'd received some documentation about the Wayne family - photos and records. It was thought Thomas Wayne may have had his junkie wife murdered and faked his own death. Alfred may be Bruce's father.
Bruce showed Jezebel the cave. She, like many others, feared for his sanity. She thought the Black Glove may be himself. Bruce saw nothing on the computer display but static. Jezebel saw graffiti - all spelling out the same thing: "zur en arrh." Bruce passed out and the Black Glove attacked.

Batman #678

Cover Date: August 2008
Subtitle: Batman RIP: Zur En Arrh
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Both Robin and Nightwing were attacked by the Club of Villains / Black Glove. Bruce awakened on the streets after being dosed with "weapons grade crystal meth" and street heroine by Dr. Hurt. Honor Jackson gave Bruce (who had no idea who he was) a tour of the streets. He told Bruce to find Lone-Eye Lincoln. When he did, Lincoln told him Jackson had died the day before.
Nightwing was captured, drugged, and put in Arkham. The Black Glove set up shop in the Batcave.
The Batman of Zur-en-Arrh was born after he fashioned a suit made of rags and shreds of cloth.

Batman #679

Cover Date: September 2008
Subtitle: Batman RIP: Miracle on Crime Alley
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Batman found the man making the costumes for Gotham's new criminals. He gave him a name: Le Bossu. Batman went looking for "the hunchback" and found the gargoyles atop the buildings were talking to him. "Might," a flying pixie creature in a batsuit, told him he had a tracking device in his newest wound. After removing it, he began taking down the Black Glove one at a time.
Gordon showed up at Wayne Manor. Alfred let him in and his squad was attacked by Dr. Hurt's men. Hurt insinuated to Alfred that he was Thomas Wayne.
Robin contacted Squire of the Club of Heroes.
Dr. Dax's men attacked Dr. Arkham and took over the asylum. He prepared a lobotomy for Nightwing. Joker was told Batman was on his way.

Batman #680

Cover Date: October 2008
Subtitle: Batman RIP: The Thin White Duke of Death
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: Perched atop Arkham Asylum, the Batman of Zur-en-Arrh (the identity Bruce created for himself as a backup) watched as millionaires flocked to the Danse Macabre hosted by Black Glove. Wagers were placed on good vs. evil.
Dr. Dax spoke with Joker as he transformed into Le Bossu. Joker was freed. Batman entered Arkham, but Bat-Mite could not. Reason was not permitted inside.
Gordon continued into Wayne Manor where he was greeted by Damian and his mother. Talia told him Damian was Batman's son.
Jezebel cried out for Bruce, Batman went for her (destroying his secret identity). He battled through the Joker to get to Jet, but in the end, she was on the side of the Black Glove.

Batman #681

Cover Date: December 2008
Subtitle: Batman RIP, the conclusion: Hearts in Darkness
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea
Storyline: After Joker's poison took effect, the Black Glove put Batman in his proper costume and buried him alive on Arkham's grounds. He had 30 minutes of air before his brain began dying and they dug him up. While working himself out of his bindings and through the coffin lid, Batman thought about Thogal again. He'd found something in his consciousness that had been placed there by persons unknown. He began working on creating a backup identity in case his mind was compromised - the Batman of Zur-en-Arrh.
Robin continued cleaning up the city as the Club of Heroes arrived.
Joker told the Black Glove they were doomed - Batman was too much for them. Nightwing broke free before he could be lobotomized. After Batman freed himself, the original Dynamic Duo fought through some goons on their way to Dr. Hurt. Hurt shot Batman as he boarded a helicopter and tried to convince him he was Thomas Wayne. Bruce didn't believe him and continued on. He caused the helicopter to crash in the harbor after Hurt placed a curse on the cape and cowl. Robin, Gordon, Alfred, Damian, and Talia watched the crash. Nightwing found his mentor's cape.
Talia "took care of" Jezebel Jet - her plane flew through a swarm of bats.

Batman #682

Cover Date: early January 2009
Subtitle: The Butler Did It
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Storyline: While hooked up to Dr. Simyan's cloning machine, Batman relived parts of his life:
The bat crashing through his window. Julie Madison. Death traps. Hugo Strange's monster men. Haly's Circus. Robin. Batwoman. The isolation experiment. Nightwing.
He began to realize he was being manipulated.

Batman #683

Cover Date: late January 2009
Subtitle: What the Butler Saw
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott
Storyline: Batman's memories - and the fake memories being implanted by Simyan and the Lump - continued through his mind:
Talia. Man-Bat. A new partner. Jason's death. Barbara's paralysis.
The clones began to break down while receiving Batman's memories - Bruce was manipulating the Lump.
Tim. Bane. Azrael. No Man's Land. Hush. Jack Drake. Damian. Zur en arrh. The Justice League's call about the death of a god. Examining the bullet.
The Lump escaped and freed Batman.

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  • The Black Glove: Dr. Simon Hurt, Dr. Guy Dax / Le Bossu, Scorpiana, El Sombrero, Pierrot Lunaire.
  • The opening page of #676 shows the new Batman and Robin six months after this story takes place.
  • "Five years into the mission and it feels like a ghost train ride. I didn't expect costumed psychopaths, regular contact wtih hallucinogenic compounds or seemingly alien interventions. If it wasn't for Robin's humor and forthrightness, I'd be..." (Batman's casebook, issue 678) This places the isolation experiment in Batman's fifth year.
  • "Imagination is the 5th dimension." (Bat-Mite, Batman 680)
  • The isolation experiment took place in police headquarter's basement - in a room designed for Dr. Strange's monster men. (Batman 682)
  • 682-683 take place during Final Crisis while Batman is hooked up to Dr. Simyan's cloning machines.