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A conversation with [insanejournal.com profile] lipsofpoison brought up Jason's death and Bruce's grief, and this recent post by [insanejournal.com profile] runespoor7 http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/979880.html made me think of the Year Three story and how it shows post-Jason Bruce.

There was a discussion about Bruce having pictures of Jason in his bedroom--until Jason's death and Bruce's inability to cope with the loss of his son--but no pictures are visible at all in the third panel above and it made me think of the rest of the arc and way the story is filled with pictures, including the ones on the other side of the room, visible in a moment.

Just like in the hallway.

This is leading up to Tim's appearance, and there's a lot of focus in the Year Three story arc and Tim's story arc on Bruce's grief over Jason (of course) and family pictures.

More pictures show up in Batman #440.

And finally we've made it to the picture that leads to the next whole story arc of Tim Drake. Who's all about... the pictures he takes of Batman and the picture Tim's parents sent--of young Tim and the Flying Graysons and the Drakes--to Bruce when Bruce got custody of Dick after his parents died the night the picture was taken.

Batman 436 by Marv Wolfman, pencils by Pat Broderick, inks by John Beatty.
Batman 440 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, art by Jim Aparo and Mike DeCarlo.

Date: 2009-10-10 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lipsofpoison.insanejournal.com
Ha! Thank you. This is what happens when you don't read all the issues and make assumptions on one.

Date: 2009-10-10 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the_lassiter.insanejournal.com
This is really good, thanks for posting it. This really shows how much Alfred influences Batman's sanity an emotions to the positive.

Date: 2009-10-10 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com
Ooh, I love the use of pictures here. It makes perfect sense. As has been pointed out in numerous places, Bruce (and the Bats) are all obsessed with family, including dead family. Most of them do like to have pictures of people, and a lot of artists show that in the places where they live. Wayne Manor has plenty of Wayne pictures on the walls (even ancestral pictures), Dick tends to have smiley pictures of the Flying Graysons, the Titans, him and Bruce and Alfred and Ace on fishing trips. Alfred recently had those two pictures of a fishing trip and one of Damian and Talia together. And of course here it's centered around the important picture-taking moment with the Graysons and the Drakes. Which is totally one of those pictures that would gain more meaning now that the family's gotten shuffled: originally it was the two families posing together, now Tim and Dick are family, so they share an early family photo--the Graysons and the Drakes are family too, even if they didn't bond that way in life.

Also I love that picture of Dick on the wall.

Date: 2009-10-10 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retro_nouveau.insanejournal.com
Alfred: Sir, I'm afraid you're on a course that will mean your undoing. Please consider making some changes, as I do not wish to lose you. ... Sir?


Date: 2009-10-10 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymirth.insanejournal.com
So, by this time it was not yet canon that Alfred had been Bruce's guardian after his parents had been killed? Because he says he wasn' there for Bruce growing up and that Bruce was already Batman when he first entered his employ.

Come to think of it, when DID it become canon that Alfred had brought up Bruce?

How much do I love that photo of wee!Timmy on Dick's lap, surrounded by their families? I wish that had come out again at some point after this story arc, but then, we can't have nice things.

Date: 2009-10-11 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superfan1.insanejournal.com
Oh alfred,you try so hard to get through bruce. But it futile getting your concerns across, I want to hug you though.

I love the scans. :)


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