One theory for another

In honor of the release of Final Crisis #7, which finally deflated my three-year-old theory that Batman would become the Spectre, I give to you another theory: 4thletter: Beetle for the Cowl.

Like Batman-as-Spectre, Gavok’s theory is remarkable for its utilitarian brilliance. It’s full of supporting research that validates the comic reading experience by honoring years of scattered hints. It involves faith in the safe belief that Geoff Johns would plan the foundation of a story long in advance. And it would be awesome, which leads me to believe it will never happen.

But man, sometimes theories come along that just reignite your excitement for the potential of comic books to tell great soap opera stories.