Grant Morrison doesn’t keep us in suspense. We know already that the body Dick is putting in the Lazarus Pit can’t possibly be Bruce Wayne, and Morrison tells us: It’s a clone. This recalls the “three Batmen” story from before Batman RIP, an echoes Morrison’s continuing fascination with Batman-as-a-solo-act vs. Batman-as-a-clone. Throughout his entire epic, the idea of there being only one Batman, or of Batman working alone, is being revised and debunked.
Also revisited is the idea of Batman as an immortal. Because of his travels through time, Batman has been able to to plant himself throughout history.
Trains are the running theme in the first volume of Batman and Robin. The “Mexican Train” is a version of dominoes–and the enemy in this arc is the Domino Gang. And Morrison explains later that when you’re playing dominoes, you draw from the “boneyard.” Oberon Sexton’s nickname is The Gravedigger. Yes, it all comes together.
There’s also a very cool sequence involving the portraits of the Wayne family throughout history, a series of pictures which we actually saw for the first time in the “Batman and Son” arc, only now each of the pictures fits into the Return of the Batman series. And then, Morrison stops on this one….
Dick notes the constellation Orion, and it was the murder of New God Orion that led to the Final Crisis, and the death of Batman.
And people say Jonathan Hickman is an intricate plotter!
In the end, these three issues don’t “matter” a lot in the grand scheme of Morrison’s vision–but they tell a good tale.