Every Panel Ever: Panel Four

What’s the best way to get people interested in comics? Show them some comics. Every day The Spire posts a comics panel, with the ultimate goal of one day having posted every single panel which has ever been written, drawn, edited, inked, coloured, and lettered. It’s, y’know, obviously going to happen.

We’ll start with the really good panels, of course – and I’ll share where you can find the comic in full.

This panel looks very silly on the face of it.

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And it is, of course. But it’s also surprisingly poignant. This comes at the end of Grant Morrison’s Batman run, with the panel essentially offering a chance to take stock of what the character has left in his life. He’s got the cow his son insisted come live in the Batcave (Bat-Cow) and his cat. He’s got, of course, the cave himself.

But he doesn’t have anyone else. He is, once more, the lone hero. Morrison’s run is all about this, more or less – the focus of the run, thematically, is replication of an ideal. Can other characters take on the Batman mantle? Can a daughter live up to (and escape) the shadow of her father? Does the cycle of vigilantism ever end? And so forth. Here we have Batman, staring out at what he’s left with. Sure, he can be reminded of the silliness his son brought into the world, but here he’s more focused on the Batmobile.

This was a Batmobile designed for two, and now has no function. Batman’s alone again, and he has to start everything up anew. As Morrison tends to hammer home whenever he does superhero work-for-hire, there is no end to the battle.

This comes from the end of Batman Incorporated Vol 2, by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn and Dave Sharpe.

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