I dug out from under my bed the stacks of comics he left. Roughly a third of them are about Batman. He kept buying them up to when he died. They even emailed him after to pick up one he had prepaid. It was called Avaritia. I liked the name. In our last fight I questioned the recurring charges at the comic book store. “Sometimes I buy lots of comic books because they let me feel like a little kid for a few hours,” he replied accusingly.
I am looking for the key to his obsession. Why Batman? There's a lot about death and redemption. I'm reminded of the novel Fortress of Solitude, but Yassen never liked Lethem. Too close to home? I don't know if I can read any of these. It's an alien experience. But I'm running out of ways to get to know him better. To understand.