The Grant Morrison Bat-Epic Part 3: Wherein Bruce Realizes That The Former Love Of His Life Be Trippin'

Greeting fellow acolytes of the Bat, welcome to part 3 of my trip through Grant Morrison's Batman run. Today we're going to be looking at Batman #658, which is the fourth and final part of the storyline "Batman and Son".I can understand why Tim fans don't like Damian. I just can't understand being a Tim fan. Boosh!At the end of the last issue, Damian had ambushed Tim Drake (the current Robin) in the Batcave and gutted him like a fish. Damian is using League of Assassin's logic here, which makes sense since that's the only thing he's ever known. Damian sees being Robin as his birthright due to being Batman's son, so he kills the current Robin to take his place. Bruce is horrified and quickly rushes back to the cave to help Tim, who's hanging in there. Alfred is able to stabilize Tim which allows Bruce to focus on the bigger problem, Talia al Ghul holding the British Prime Minister's wife hostage with a battalion of Ninja Man-bats to protect her. Figuring that Damian is too dangerous to be left alone, Bruce decides to bring him along. Damian really feels like a kid here, as he knows that he has disappointed his father and is desperate to redeem himself. He reveals that his mother's true intentions are to gain control of a naval base. Batman of course already figured this out, because he's the world's greatest goddamn detective, but it was still a nice gesture from Damian.Bat-Rocket was the original space-XThe only was to reach Talia in time is to take Bruce's fastest mode of transportation: the Bat-rocket. This leads to some touching moments between Bruce and Damian as the father and son get to know each other. Damian asks Bruce what his father was like and Bruce lightly teases his son about not knowing about the rocket. Damian clearly idolizes Bruce and Bruce can't help but feel affection towards this lost little boy.This moment of peace turns out o be short lived when they arrive at the base and quickly engage the ninja Man-bats. Talia reveals that she knew Damian would bring Batman here and offers an ultimatum; Bruce must agree to be her lover and then she will quit her life of crime and devote the resources of the League of Assassins to fighting crime with Bruce as they raise their son together. Bruce doesn't even refuse her, he simply hesitates.  Talia declares that the only other option is war and an explosion leaves Bruce unscathed as Talia and Damian disappear, seemingly killed.Weirdest custody hearing everThe choice is very interesting here since there are two ways to looks at it. From a  practical sense, Bruce definitely should have taken Talia's offer; it removes Talia as a threat and allows Damian to grow up knowing both of his parents. But the fact that Talia wold endanger numerous lives just to get Batman's attention certainly doesn't seem to present her as a stable individual and certainly not as someone who's word can be trusted. Even when she is trying to sell Bruce on her giving up her world-conquering ways, she refers to Damian as being the start of a dynasty that will rule for thousands of years, which is a pretty textbook example of mixed signals. And the simple fact is that Bruce does not love her, and what she feels towards Batman seems more accurately described as possessive than loving. Either way, Bruce is definitely not feeling great about the fact that his son appears to have died. Don't worry Bruce its comics! If you don't see a body then I'm pretty sure we're gonna see him again.Next time we're heading back to Gotham for a very special party. What makes is so special? Just wait til you meet the entertainment...