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As a Hulk fan, I have heard numerous complaints over the years about the various changes made to the book over time.

Now, I respect other peoples's feelings, so I hope you won't take this personally, but my feeling has always been this: A comic book often goes on and on for decades. A character like Batman tends to stay in a given state for hundreds of issues. So, let's say they do something like make a Grey or Red Hulk or have Dick be Batman for a while... Man, if you don't like it, there are decades of stories you did like, and if you really hate change, you can read those issues over and over again. Because as far as I can see, the new stories you think you want to see would be just like the old ones.

When I hear comics fans complain about big changes in storylines, i wonder why they buy any new comics at all, other than just the few issues they liked.

Another point to ponder is that what you see as the desireable status quo was at one point itself a massive change of some sort. If creative teams avoided making big ambitious changes and new ideas, they wold not arrive at stories people will one day love as their own desired status quo.

In addition I might add, everyone pretty much knows that Dick will remain Batman only temporarily. The concept of Batman is Bruce Wayne, so in the end Bruce will ALWAYS be Batman. In 2050 when you pick up a title of Batman, it will most likely be Bruce Wayne.

Additionally, these characters need their origins re-told every 10 years to keep them up to date (Well right now it seems like every 2... sheesh), so even in the main on-going title (if it hasn't been rebooted) Bruce doesn't appear as Batman, there will be some sort of Ultimatization, Year-One, Secret Origins, or some other titled book that goes back to the character's beginnings as that Super-hero.

And frankly, I am very very much enjoying Dick as Batman. He's tough without being a complete jerk and is friends with the other heroes. Character-wise it's full circle for him to take up the mantle of his surrogate father and be the foster father to Bruce's son who is now fatherless. It's an intriguing dynamic.

And the one character who is actually not interesting to me is... Damian. What an annoying little jackass punk. I don't think that there has ever been a single Grant Morrison invented character that I have ever liked, Damian included. Now, I'll abide him for this arc and I actually think he is necessary to provide some tension and drama for Dick, but frankly once the status quo is to some degree returned, I wouldn't mind if this character was never seen again. Damian be the next Batman ugh... stinkeroo. No thanks. Not without a complete overhaul to his existing personality.

So I guess I have to say I disagree with the original poster on practically every point made.

But cheer up, in 6 months to a year Bruce will be back as Batman, just as Steve Rogers came back as Captain America, just as Clark came back as Superman, just as Bruce came as back as Batman, before... you know the first time? I mean jeez... have you not detected a pattern here? How could DC have the audacity? Seriously? If you ask me, these companies never have enough balls to STICK to any changes.


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