I'd like to have something meaningful to say about Batman #681, but then I'd also like to have something meaningful about which to say it.
And, as the cliche goes, I'd also like a pony.
Of course, I don't really want a pony. I never understood the attraction of ponies or horses. But I want lots of things that in a real, normal world I'm not going to get. Apparently, a comic book story that actually ends is now one of those things.
"Batman R.I.P." doesn't have a conclusion. Serialized life goes on.
I challenge anyone who liked this story to reread Batman #156, "Robin Dies at Dawn", and explain to me in what way this story improves upon it.
Everybody wants to have an artistically-worded review, but nobody wants to be the first to state the obvious fact. Okay. I'll throw myself on the grenade.
The emperor is naked.
This is a better Batman story:
LATER: Ah, I see. Didio says "Batman R.I.P." was always intended to conclude in Final Crisis #6. Well, that makes perfect sense.