Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ClusterRIP

DC Comics editor-in-chief Dan DiDio explains to Newsarama why Grant Morrison's "Batman RIP" has a rubbish ending:
[B]ecause we live in the world of collected editions, we needed a conclusion in the Batman series, so that we could collect it properly within Batman, without having to bring in segments of Final Crisis to complete the story.
So there you got it. "Batman RIP" has a rubbish ending because we live in the world of collected editions.

Or, in other words:
[T]his is reflective of the world that we live in now – the world of collected editions. The "RIP" story was always meant to play through to the end of Final Crisis - always. The thing is, we had to come up with a very complete story in “Batman RIP” as it existed in its title. The reality is that the “Batman RIP” story does not conclude until Final Crisis #6. There are also issues #682 and #683 of Batman that feed directly into Final Crisis #6, and we’ll have a big finale to the Batman storyline. That’s how it plays out.
Or, in other words:
NRAMA: So – fundamentally, “Batman RIP” did not end in Batman #681?

DD: Correct. We have the two parts that we’re in the middle of now, and they lead us into Final Crisis #6 which gives us a definite conclusion to the Batman story. That’s how Grant designed the story from the start, and that’s how the story plays out. So, the people who are looking for the big finale, the stuff that Grant was talking about – he knows how big an ending he has, because he wrote it in Final Crisis #6. That story has been so planned out that it reflects events from the pages of Final Crisis #1 in order to pull it all together.
Or, in other words:
NRAMA: So Final Crisis #6 is like when you’re driving on, say, I-40 and it merges with another for a while, and you get the road signs telling you that you’re on two highways at the same time…and you follow another highway out other than the one you went in on.

DD: Exactly. And Batman #682 and #683 are reflective of things that took place earlier in Final Crisis as well.
Or, in other words: Grant made the ending of "Batman RIP" a bit rubbish because it is in the world of collected editions that we are living, right now.

So DC made a 51-part series called Countdown to Final Crisis that was not, in actuality, a countdown to Final Crisis of any sort. And they made an 8-part series called Death of the New Gods that came out immediately before Final Crisis when, blimey, how can we now kill the New Gods in Final Crisis when those goll dang New Gods have already gone goll dang deadened in Death of the Goll Dang Dead Gods.

And now they made a story called "Batman RIP" that has a rubbish ending, and it is rubbish - the ending - because we live in the world of collected editions.

Let's be serious, just for a second: What is Mr. DiDio saying here? I see three possibilities.

(1) Our readers and retailers are a cowardly and superstitious lot. They cannot possibly be trusted to be given in advance such sensitive information as,

"Dear retailers, dear readers:

"Please note that the comic titled 'Batman RIP: Conclusion' is not actually the conclusion of 'Batman RIP'. Instead, it has a rubbish ending.

"For the real, non-rubbishy kind of ending of 'Batman RIP', please refer to this other comic we've been making that people thought was kind of rubbish and may or may not be out sometime next year. Once we've released it and you bought it, we'll apologize profusely if that comic has a rubbish ending, too.

"Because we live in the world of collected editions."

(2) We don't have a jolly dang clue what we're doing. It's a world of collected editions, and we just live in it.

(3) La la la la, you can't see me if I dance for you real quick in my pretty pink new dress.

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