Love this issue and the many things it sets up, your first time through its a little head scratching, the second time through its genius. The return of Jezebel Jet, the Dickens-sequences Three Ghosts of Batman connecting back to the first issue in the story, the return of Zur en Arrh and The Black Casebook. Genius.
I used to bitch about Grant Morrison’s run on Batman RIP because I thought the inclusion of Batman of Zur-En-Arrh was a crappy Deus Ex Machina. Recently, I was convinced to re-read some of his starting at Batman and Son (where he started) and a few pages in, everything changed about my thoughts on Batman of Zur-En-Arrh because of this panel:
Notice the graffiti in the background. This is from Batman #655. The above page is from Batman #678. That’s 23 issues difference! This is a monthly comic. That means it’s just shy of TWO FUCKING YEARS of foreshadowing. Basically the opposite of a Deus Ex Machina.
So, needless to say, I take it all back, Grant Morrison. You’re alright.