I used to think Morrison ended Batman Inc. on a baffling note, but other than killing off Damian, he actually left on a hopeful one, where Batman despite this hugely significant loss wasn’t depressed about moving forward. He was actually eager! And that was kind of the whole point. Damian had given him new perspective, since in all relevant ways Damian was Batman if he’d somehow been able to begin his crusade immediately. He had the same impatient attitude toward justice that was always at the heart of the crusade, and he never had to wait, and he had that superior attitude toward everyone because like his dad he knew he was superior. So his death was like a new baptism, a final shedding of Batman’s tortured past, which was the whole point of Morrison’s run.
None of which is to say I regret that Tomasi literally undid all of that. I love what Tomasi did. When he got to pick up the reins of the Damian arc, I think he vastly improved its storytelling potential. For Morrison, Damian was little more than an idea, certainly a fascinating one, but just an idea, which was why he was so easy to kill off. To Tomasi, Damian burst with intrinsic potential. Even in Morrison’s Batman and Robin, it was never really Damian’s story. It was Damian being used against the idea of Batman, which conveniently happened with someone other than his dad under the cowl. Because that whole series wouldn’t have been possible with Bruce Wayne. It was basically Morrison acknowledging that Damian served a specific purpose, to be his father. Which is why there was that alternate future where he was, and once presented, had to be eliminated with his premature death. Because there can only be one Batman. Which is Scott Snyder’s one truly genius addition to the mythos, the clone thing, which I hope he really is returning to, as I believe I’ve heard, preferably with Sean Murphy returning on art.
With Tomasi, Damian got a chance to breathe, and Batman had a chance to be truly humanized, basically for the first time. Everything he’s doing with Superman now, that people are loving, he did first in the pages of Batman and Robin, and better, arguably.