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Holy crap, people

Batman #12 is almost entirely a long, silent fight (conceptually similar to, although not as visually striking as, the famous Moon Knight sequence during the early issues of the Ellis reboot). The only words are the text of what seems to be a letter from Batman to Catwoman. And the content of that letter...

I did not see that coming. It's a form of self-image for Bruce that I don't recall having seen in any comic before. I'm not sure how I feel about it, either. My Bruce is a fundamentally sane man with a very bad approach to dealing with trauma and a very interesting approach to fourth-generation asymmetric urban combat. When Bruce is crazy in canon, it's often in terms of a peculiar form of a multiple personality condition, plus severe interpersonal issues beyond what could be explained by that, or by his obsessive dedication to his work.

This Bruce has a very different psychological structure, and a very — gods, how very much — different perception of Batman. I might post something after pondering about it for a bit (or not, these are crazy days), but if you're into Bruce meta it might be worth tracking down and reading in full. Your usual source should already have it, or it will soon.

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