I'M WHAT YOU ... WHAT YOU WILL BE.
This is by no means my blog/annotations on Batman and Robin # 16. I'm saving that for next week, when I finally have Return of Bruce # 6 digested.
ROBW#1: Anthro prayed for Metron, or a miracle. And got Bruce.
ROBW#2: Annie prayed for a dark hero. And got Bruce.
ROBW#3: Jack Valor prayed to his grandfather the Black Pirate. And got Bruce.
ROBW#4: Mrs. Van Derm prayed for a dark angel. And got Bruce.
The next one is tricky. Who prayed for a miracle when Bruce arrived in "Noir Gotham"? Was it Marsha Lamarr, looking for "tall dark handsome stranger" to sacrifice? How long was Bruce in that hospital? It seems he was there a little longer than the usual stay of time. I'd be willing to bet it goes like this:
ROBW#5: Young Bruce Wayne prayed for a miracle. Old Bruce Wayne appeared ... but got hit by a car. Because meeting yourself in the past won't happen in a way that can alter anything.
ROBW#6: is tricky. Bruce has freed himself from the "Eclipse" mandate thanks to Carter Nichols and now has to trust himself and Tim Drake to fix things. We'll see when we get there. Maybe even trying to "stop Bruce from arriving", Tim was secretly praying Bruce would return. But point being ... Bruce has broken free of the curse, so to speak.
B&R#16: Dick Grayson was about to die and prayed for Bruce. And got Bruce.
While I'm sure ROBW#6 will finalize what we need to know about the nature of the Hyper-Adapter, square Bruce up against his time purgatory and all with plenty of time for him to retrieve Superman and Co. from the End of Time ... let Tim know he's back early ... and have plenty of time to re-enter the Omega Effect and pop out in Wayne Manor right when Dick is "sacrificed" ... I believe it's very likely it'll end with Tim Drake on the phone with Grayson.
The final details relayed ... the Mansion will be prepared for Bruce's arrival.
And as for Doctor Hurt?
At first I believed the corpse Joker danced with was Catherine Van Derm. And that Hurt is buried alive in her casket - a fitting revenge for the girl. But I can't help but wonder how much of his plan for Hurt Joker telegraphed when he buried Oberon Sexton alive with his dead wife.
It's possible that corpse belongs to Dominique, or even if Hurt had a wife, his wife. It's possible it was her coffin.
As for the whole where Hurt is buried? What's the only fresh hole in the Wayne Family Plot? The "supposed" grave of Bruce Wayne (clone).