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.
I agree with you but also like Morrison's work. I often don't get a storyline until a read an interview and go "oh, that's what happened!" Clarity would be nice or stick to Vertigo. But still, this is the most intriguing Batman story in years. Nice combo of the usually dismissed 50s Batman continuity with current ultra-violence and grit.