You should know that Grant Morrison is the reason you're here, he's the reason I'm here, he's the reason you're reading this or anything else on this website. Morrison's recently completed run on the Batman franchise is responsible for all of this. If it wasn't for Morrison's run on Batman, I'd be hard pressed to say that I'd be reading comics today. While always a fan of the Batman franchise, I had never had any interest in picking up books monthly until Morrison's run. So, with that in mind, if I wasn't reading monthly, I wouldn't have created Gotham Spoilers as a little side project of sorts one summer to keep my mind off being miserable. Sadly, as you're all probably well aware, Grant Morrison's time on Batman has come to a close. This is my farewell to the run that was responsible for me being a comic fan.
Later that night, I did some research into it (because it was college, what was I going to do, study?) and ultimately found the soon to be released trade of Batman RIP was responsible for what I had heard. The next break I had from school, I went to Borders, picked up the deluxe hardcover, and quickly discovered I was doing it all wrong. Jumping straight into Batman RIP was not an ideal situation for any new reader looking to see what the deal was with Grant Morrison's Batman. I then figured out that I had to read Batman and Son followed by The Black Glove in order for RIP to make sense, so that happened, and luckily, RIP started to make way more sense… but keep in mind, I was still in a bubble so to speak, so I when I look online to make sense of those final two issues in the trade, I find out fucking Batman is dead, killed off in a completely different story by the same writer… But he's not really dead, and Nightwing is Batman, and Damian is Robin, and I don't fucking know what's going on, so I need to keep up somehow. With all this crazy nonsense, DC's atrociously slow trade release schedule and my lack of patience, I had no other option than to start reading monthly with the release of Batman and Robin #1. Then I thought "why not get all the Batman related books?! Might as well do this one right." But wait! There were all these old stories to catch up on! Good thing I decided to buy as many trades as I could! Do you see how this became a slippery slope for me? Now I'm sitting here in 2013, reading more books than I can count, and running a comic website thousands of people go to every week, and it's all thanks to this one particular run on Batman.
I'm going to miss this run on Batman so much, that much should be clear at this point. Morrison's run was more than just a grand epic of a book, it is what got me into monthly comics, it's why I'm such a huge nerd, it's why I'm so invested in the news of the industry, it's why I've discovered so many great comics outside of superheroes, it's the reason for everything here. So, I send a huge thank you to Grant Morrison, and all the artists, Kubert to Burnham, who brought this story to us, it was truly one of a kind, and quite the accomplishment.