>Now that the run is finished and we can look at everything in the rearview mirror, is there anything else you wanted to touch on? Anything else you’re proud of?
One silly thing is if you read #85 closely, there’s a bajillion easter eggs in it. I think every single arc of Batman, from #1-85, is referenced except for four issues which were cut out for editorial reasons. We don’t mention Matthew, this bad guy I made up for two issues, and we don’t mention the Joelle issues, but everything besides those. Like if you look closely at the grave of Alfred, you’ll see there’s a quote there, and that’s a quote from the Shakespeare poem Penguin was reading in his arc, back in #57. I put in little things like that for people who want to have fun with it. That Kryptonite that Gotham Girl gets is from the Secret Files issue. Looking back over the last four or five years, looking back at these three things I created (Batman, Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis) I think together they form this trilogy of trauma about this nervous breakdown I had at the beginning of my Batman run. My grandmother had just died and our president had just been elected. It was about surviving that, not the way my father’s generation did (grow a ponytail, get a Corvette, run away from your family) but you can survive it by embracing your family and your values, whoever constitutes that family. Now I think okay, I’ve said enough about sad middle-aged men looking out the window, and it’s time to move on.