I suddenly realised something :
- During Batman RIP, I had the feeling that Simon Hurt's methods were quite similar to the ones of Hugo Strange (brainwashing, drugs, monster serum, knowledge of secret identity, false Batman, et cetera).
- Like the Monk, Simon Hurt is a devilish creature whose true nature is hidden by a priest's costume ("El Penitente")
- Like the 1980s Dr. Death, Simon Hurt uses a deadly disease to blackmail Gotham.
Do you think that it is a coincidence that the Black Glove's methods are a synthesis of Batman's Golden Age three first archcriminals ?
Grant Morrison is messing with the readers and he doesn't have a clue who Simon Hurt really is. In his mind he has come up with some drug induced madness that Simon Hurt is a combination of several super villains, Thomas Wayne, Simon Hurt, the devil, Batman, and just about any character from Batman you can think of all rolled into one. This makes some sense to him, but it doesn't make any sense to anyone else. It is worse than the secret identity to Jeph Loeb's Red Hulk. In the end it looks like Hurt will be revealed to be some darkness created by Darkside when he sent Batman back in time for no reason. Yet according to Morrison it should be obvious who Simon Hurt is and his story should make sense. Sorry Morrison, but unlike your fanboys that get high off crystal meth, I got a brain too smart enough to fall for 101 gimmicks for a generic nutty DC event. Get back to me when you can write a decent six issue Batman miniseries.