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Batman Incorporated Review

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  • Title: Batman Incorporated
  • Writer: Grant Morrison
  • Artist: Chris Burnham
  • Price: $2.99
  • Publisher: DC Comics
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Batman Incorporated Review

From DC New 52 Second Wave

By Tim Janson     May 27, 2012

This week, we’re taking a look at Batman Incorporated, the latest in the second wave of DC’s New 52.

Maybe I missed the memo but I thought the one the main objective behind the New 52 reboot…err, sorry “RELAUNCH”, was to make these 75 year old characters more accessible to new readers.  In fact, from DC’s own key initiatives when the New 52 was announced we got the following comment:

We think fans will be excited by this approach and The New 52 will provide DC Entertainment an opportunity to aggressively reach the widest possible audience worldwide, through captivating stories and an accessible entry point.

I think Grant Morrison missed the memo as well.  Batman Incorporated #1 is not going to be a good placed for new readers to stick their little piggys in and test the waters.  Morrison’s story, in fact, pretty much requires the reader have a pretty thorough knowledge of Batman’s continuity.  At least dating back to 2006 and at the most, dating back to 1987.  Required reading?  Well The Batman & Son story arc from 2006 is a must, and it’d be a pretty good idea to familiarize your self with Batman R.I.P., Batman: Battle for the Cowl, and Batman: The Return.  All of these stories are referenced in this first issue of Batman Incorporated.

The new Robin (and boy if new readers were expecting Dick Grayson are THEY in for a surprise) is Damian Wayne, Batman’s son by Talia al Ghul.  The character was first introduced way back in 1987 in the Son of the Demon graphic novel.  It was Morrison who reintroduced the child as Damian Wayne in 2006.  Batman and Robin are on the trail of a group of murderers who wear Goathead masks, not knowing that they are a mere diversion to an assassination attempt.  The shadowy organization known as Leviathan (introduced by Morrison in Batman: The Return #1) has put a half billion dollar bounty on Robin.  


The thrust behind the idea of “Batman Incorporated” is that Batman wants to create a sort of hero franchise by recruiting other heroes around the globe that are under his command, hence the Batman Incorporated name.  This sub-plot is only touched on briefly in this first issue as we meet a group of supposedly dead heroes including The Hood and El Gaucho but this comprises only two pages of the entire first issue.  While I wish the first issue had better emphasized the books main concept, there are few comic writers I trust more than Morrison and with the solid artwork of Chris Burnham, the book should be in good hands.


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millean 5/28/2012 5:37:20 AM

 I just happened to pick this up the other day, but I haven't read it yet.  I don't go to the comic store that much, but I saw it and decided to check it out.

I gotta admit that I'm not really a big fan of Damian Wayne as Robin.  (Tim Drake FTW, but only because Dick Grayson is cooler as Nightwing).  :)

TheWolfPack 5/28/2012 7:00:22 PM

The thing that confuses me, is that they released Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes #1 after the relaunch... It clearly states it takes place pre-DCNU, and even has Stephanie Brown in the issue.... The end of the issue then goes on to show where the story is going with the rest of the year... So if it's a pre-DCNU story that involves a character that has yet to make her reappearance and is obviously not Batgirl right now... How does that work?

millean 5/28/2012 7:15:41 PM

 I'm not the expert by any means when it comes to recent comic history or the New 52.  However, I thought I heard somewhere that Batman was not rebooting but almost everyone else was.

And that, is what confuses me.

tjanson 5/28/2012 10:21:32 PM

Wolf,'ve both hit upon the reason I detest these reboots/relaunches.  Their pointless.  You're just not going to have a cohesive universe when its been around for 75 years and been created by hundreds of writers so why even attempt it?  Well money of course....LOL


redvector 5/29/2012 10:29:01 AM

DC's has the most fucked over continuity and everytime they try to "fix" it they just make it worse. And this McBatman idea is just stupid.

shac2846 5/29/2012 2:17:14 PM

 The "McBatman" is one of the freshest ideas to come out of the Batman comics. Between this and Scott Snyder's Court of Owls it's a great time to be reading Batman comics.

The thing about Batman Incorporated and Court of Owls for that matter was that they're previous stories were started pre new 52. Snyder and Morrison are trying to cater what's left of their stories into the new continuity. Morrison I believe was given a little more creative freedom since his run ends with this arc. They probably would have let him finish it in the old continuity if it wasn't for the fact that the new 52 is doing so well. 

The story is great and the international batman idea was the natural progression of his story which was planned out years ago. If you read his entire run starting back with Batman and Son it reads like an epic batman story. Highly reccommend reading the whole story in collected edition. Batman and Son, Black Glove, Return of Rha's Al Ghul, Batmand RIP, Batman and Robin Vol. 1-3, Return of Bruce Wayne, and Batman International. 

Clownican 6/1/2012 12:12:35 AM

I might have to pick this up now that I know Steph Brown is in it.

mtaffer 6/1/2012 6:13:23 AM

I'm actually about to start reading all that stuff.  Trying to finish up Ultimatum right now and reading the awful Ultimates 3.  I've read all of Morrison's run on Batman up to the Grotesque 2 parter with Doug Moench.  I'm quite a bit behind on all comics, so i'm playing a few years catch up.



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