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Fan Comic Explores a Possible End for Batman

2 Submitted by on Tue, 12 November 2013, 08:00

Batman has been through some incredibly painful situations. The death of his parents, losing Jason Todd to the Joker, Bane breaking his back, watching close friends become murderous psychopaths, the attempt on Barbara’s life, the loss of his son, and the god-awful decisions of DC Comics’ editorial board are just a few of the horrible events the Dark Knight has weathered. These kinds of tribulations would just ruin an average person, but Batman carries on and never waivers from his ideals. That’s why Batman is such a paragon in our culture.

Still, it can be interesting to explore what would happen if Batman couldn’t take it anymore. Asking what would happen if Batman finally broke is a fair and persistent question that has lingered for decades. The Deal, a fan comic written by Gerardo Preciado and drawn by Daniel Bayliss, is one examination of this unthinkable scenario. After years of torment, the Joker has finally brought Batman to the breaking point. The art style is enjoyable and the conclusion these two arrive at is certainly thought-provoking. I would probably come to a different answer than Preciado and Bayliss, and that is perfectly acceptable. We all have our own idea of who Batman is, which means we all would imagine a different end to his crusade. That said, the path these two passionate fans take is absolutely worth a look.

Is the ending depicted in The Deal in line with your vision of who Batman is? What do you think Batman would do if his mission became too much? Voice your opinions in the comments!

Via Moonhead Press – The Deal



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  • JoWoCo

    This is seriously one the best comics I seen in a long time. A great exploration if Batman truly just can’t take it anymore, its so well written and excellently drawn.

    I think this could happen. My version of Batman is truly the comics and The Animated Series, but I can see him snapping. the current run done by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, each arc seems to truly push Bruce to his limit, especially Death of the Family. Just bringing him to the brink and its quite fascinating.

  • Stephan Krosecz

    From the pretentious and self-indulgent writing to the humorously over-stylized faces, it comes across to me as an unintentional joke, or an off-beat comedy comic with the punchline removed.

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