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She tells the most important events in their lives, right until the caped crusader's last moments, in which she decided to let him die, instead of helping him. After Selina is done, Alfred Pennyworth starts talking of his own experience with Batman and how he was forced to come up with almost every major villain the world's greatest detective was forced to confront, just to keep Bruce Wayne's sanity intact.
However, Alfred couldn't anticipate that Batman would become so important for Gotham, that even when his charade was discovered and he was stopped, Batman was still needed in the city. During his last mission, Batman confronted Riddler, one of Pennyworth's own creations and met his demise. While this events take place, Batman's conscience overlooks the whole scene, not believing what is happening and soon he is joined by the conscience of another person, a woman.
Batman listens to more people telling eulogies about him, but none of them are the same story and he finally understands that everything that he is experiencing now is a near death experience. Crossing a final threshold, Batman meets Martha Wayne , who guides her son on his last journey of life.
Martha gives Bruce a last chance to understand his purpose of existence and Batman finally realizes that he can never give up. Finally, Martha tells Batman that his death is inevitable, but that his reward for being Batman, is to become Batman.
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Martha then tells Bruce to say goodnight to everything and everyone he knows and as he does that, his existence starts anew as a newborn baby boy is placed on Martha Wayne's arms and she names her son Bruce. Items: None known. Vehicles: None known. Weapons: None known. This event or storyline is specifically related to Batman , or to members of the Batman Family. Gaiman described the job as something that he had to take part in. Would you like to write the last issue of Batman and the last issue of Detective Comics?
And when they make an offer like that, you say yes. Gaiman asked artist Andy Kubert to make the artwork throughout the series represent various eras of notable artists that had worked on Batman. Like Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
The Batman presented in the story is not necessarily the one from current DC Universe continuity, but rather an indeterminate amalgamation that pays homage to the entirety of the character's year history. The overall plot concerns the wake of Batman, taking place in the back of a small Gotham City bar. During the wake, a number of prominent figures from Batman's life each tell a tale of Batman and how he eventually died, giving multiple, unique histories of Batman, his life and his death.
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Batman —, September—December , in which Batman is apparently killed and the circumstances of his "death" are explained by four villains, each taking credit for the crime in four incompatible stories. The story begins over Gotham City , which the narrator describes as being "different. The bartender, Joe Chill , tells her that a group is gathered in the back. As Selina makes her way back, she arrives at a wake. At the front of the room is an open casket.
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The narrator looks in and says "That's me This is his funeral. Once everyone arrives, the eulogies begin, every one of them an account of how Batman died. Each story, however, is different. Selina Kyle's eulogy relates the story of her relationship with Batman over the years, first as a criminal who tried to seduce him, later becoming a vigilante to get his attention and finally retiring to open a cat breeder's salon and sanctuary.
Her tale ends with a story similar to the death of Robin Hood : Batman came to her store badly wounded, but instead of taking him to a hospital, she tied him to a couch and let him bleed to death. Alfred Pennyworth 's eulogy is a bizarre account of Batman's formation. He tells of how Batman would spend long periods of time failing to apprehend any criminals, which only eroded his sanity further. To help him, Alfred hired several actor friends of his to pretend to be supervillains, beginning with a man named Eddie Nash to portray the Riddler , who had previously retired from acting after falling too deeply into character through method acting.
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Alfred himself took on the persona of the Joker to give Batman an "opposite number" to fight. The group would work together to keep Bruce happy and "alert" by perpetrating crimes reminiscent of those in Batman's Silver Age adventures, allowing him to "defeat" them and thus keep his fragile psyche and self-esteem together.
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However, Bruce discovered the ruse, but would not give up being Batman. Ultimately, Batman was killed when Nash, now psychotic and believing himself to be the Riddler, shoots Batman during a hostage incident. Batman describes this scenario as "impossible. Upon hearing these stories, Batman wonders if he is dead. A mysterious female shape appears next to him and says "Not yet.
Why don't you figure it out? Batman's wake continues, with Batman still an unseen spectator. Further eulogies are given by friends, associates and enemies alike. Betty Kane , the Mad Hatter , the Joker , Robin , Clayface , Harvey Bullock , Ra's al Ghul and Superman each give differing accounts of Batman's passing, but all of them contain the same theme: Batman never gives up or surrenders, even in the face of certain death.
Batman finally goes through a door that suddenly appears behind his casket. He enters a dark void and approaches a shaft of light. In the light, he sees that the woman that he has been speaking with is his mother, Martha Wayne. He has finally figured out what is happening: he is dying and having a near-death experience.
Batman understands that the stories he heard told do not seem to be about the same person, that the elements keep changing and he dies differently each time.
But one thing remains constant: he is always Batman and Batman never gives up. He also accepts how his story will end, the only way it can end:. The end of the story of Batman is, he's dead. Because, in the end, the Batman dies. What else am I going to do? Retire and play golf? It doesn't work that way. It can't. I fight until I drop. And one day, I will drop.