Grant Morrison has put both Batman and Bruce Wayne through the wringer when he took over the writing helm for the flagship title. Bruce Wayne met his “demise” during Morrison’s Final Crisis limited-series, or so everyone thought. The astute comic book reader knows that Bruce Wayne is not gone and the legend of Batman will never die. Thanks to Darkseid’s Omega Effect, Bruce Wayne finds himself lost in time trying to find his way back to the present. I actually find this take very amusing and a great homage to his time traveling days back in the mid 1940s. Yes, Batman “traveled” through time thanks to the “time travel hypnosis” of Professor Carter Nicholas. As absurd as the concept may sound, it allowed for some amusing stories where Batman and Robin were out of their usual element. The current story of Bruce Wayne riding through time has a similar sci-fi feel of its predecessor.

But while Wayne is still gallivanting through time and space, his former sidekick Dick Grayson (Nightwing and the first Robin) has finally stepped up and taken over his mentor’s role as the Dark Knight. What readers see is a different take on the Batman persona. While Grayson keeps up public appearances of making Batman a grim avenger of the night, he is also having fun with it in his own way by the way he interacts with his fellow peers. That grim persona doesn’t extend to these people he calls his friends and it’s a very refreshing way of looking at how Batman can actually lighten up.

With that said it’s inevitable that Bruce Wayne will reclaim the mantle of the bat. But does that mean Grayson has to give it up? Grant Morrison doesn’t think so as he starts introducing Batman Inc. in October 2010. Is it possible that many people can be called “Batman?” It’s an interesting concept and one I definitely want to see explored considering how many heroes with the same name operate in the DC Universe, the two most prominent coming from the Green Lantern and Flash camps.

Many can argue that the title “Green Lantern” is a designation given in the same vein of saying police officer or fireman. I don’t disagree and when it comes to the Green Lantern Corps, the shoe fits. However, I’m looking at the Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott and his Silver Age counterpart Hal Jordan. For years both have been called Green Lantern and no one confuses the two at all.

The same can be said with Flash. For years the Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick shared his name alongside his Silver Age compatriot Barry Allen. When Allen died, Wally West took over the role and ran alongside Garrick. While they were all called the Flash, no one confused any of them even with Barry Allen now back in the fold. I do appreciate the slight costume alterations to distinguish one from another to make things easier and each of them maintaining their own personality.

I can see a similar venture for Batman. What excites me, first and foremost, is the return of the yellow oval bat symbol and I, for one, applaud its comeback. While I have no problem with the giant, black bat logo, I feel the oval elevates it more graphically and pays a homage to the Silver Age. I love it. It also differentiates from Dick Grayson’s Batman costume, if he continues to wear it.

But is the world ready for multiple “Batmen?” It works well for other heroes like the Flash and Green Lantern, but is Batman a character who falls into that same situation? Or is he better off being a single entity all onto himself? That’s a question only Morrsion can answer as he orchestrates this new era for the Dark Knight… er, Dark Knights. Morrison continues to amaze me with his ideas and I definitely want to see how this one fares out.