Simon Hurt: I'm your father, Bruce. Doctor Thomas Wayne. You were supposed to die that night, too, along with your mother... But Chill lost his nerve. A pathologist friend faked my death certificate. Wayne became Hurt. Batman: You're not Thomas Wayne. Hurt: And still, the cloak fits. And if not Dad, have you dared to consider the only alternative? Batman: Mangrove Pierce, star of [movie mentioned earlier in the series] "The Black Glove". My father's double, and mine. You had an affair with [earlier villain] John Mayhew's wife and he had you framed for her murder... Hurt: No, I skinned Mangrove Pierce alive and wore him to Mayhew's party. I am the hole in things, Bruce, the enemy, the piece that can never fit, there since the beginning.So... Is it Thomas Wayne, who skinned Mangrove Pierce? Is it Pierce, and the skinning is metaphorical? Is it someone else who never gets named, wearing Pierce's skin? We get no further attempt at an answer; Hurt and Batman are both in a crashing helicopter three pages later, and disappear. They'll both be back, of course; if nothing else, Morrison has a two-part epilogue to write, and a Batman shows up in his Final Crisis series, which apparently takes place after this story - but more than the lack of Batman "dying" in any sense of the word (Because, really, like anyone really expected that seriously), it's the lack of resolution to anything and everything that Batman RIP was about that leaves the story as such a disappointment, and the reader with such a bitter taste in their mouth.