Batman, Incorporated

Batman, Incorporated

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"The war on crime is about to go global. Returned from a fate worse than death and once again wearing the mantle of the Bat, Bruce Wayne is no longer merely Batman's secret identity. Now he's the public face and financier of Batman, Inc.-- a worldwide army of like-minded crimefighters sworn to protect society from its own worst elements. From Tokyo to Paris, from Argentina to Australia, from war-torn African villages to poverty-stricken Native American reservations, a network of Dark Knights is taking the fight to the enemy-- and evil has no place to hide. Or does it?" -- dust jacket back.
Published: New York : DC Comics, 2012.
Edition: Deluxe ed.
ISBN: 9781401232122
Branch Call Number: GN BAT
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,29 cm.


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theorbys Nov 09, 2013

I give it 5 stars in spite of it being confusing and at times overlong. It had some dazzling artwork and coming up with a fairly fresh take, Batman Inc, on the Batman mythos was well worth the extra stars. I keep reading comics, but comics, even Batman by himself, are a fairly exhausted medium, so keeping my interest up is a big plus. Morrison is one of the very top talents in the field, and it is a shame that that is what it takes. One thing, in a year or two, I'll reread this.

forbesrachel Sep 29, 2013

Grant Morrison once again adds a considerable amount to the Batman canon. Teaming up with several different artists allows him to visit a wide range of places, while focusing on various crime-fighters, and give each a distinctive feel. These can range from the blocky line work in the Catwoman chapter that gives a noir feel, appropriate to the Batman and Catwoman relationship. The Batwoman chapters use the same multiple style approach to distinguish between the superhero persona, real person, and past that is used in her own comics. For Oracle, flashy, photo-realism images portrays the virtual world. While the final chapter is much more gritty and graphic.

This Batman is not the mysterious, loner type, he actively seeks to start a global crime-fighting force. He is very practical in that he knows he cannot protect the whole world himself. Both Oroboro, represented by a world encircling snake, and Leviathan are appropriate, symbolic threats for this new, world focused Batman.

While the art and ideas are brilliant, the writing is not up to Morrison's usual quality. Scene jumps occur often and are disorienting to the natural flow, creating a less linear narrative. The introduction of so many characters all of a sudden can also lead to some confusion, especially if you are not acquainted with all of them. Many of these are returning from comics ranging across a huge time span, others are made specifically for this series. Finally, the manner in which scenes jump from one person to another, makes it difficult to follow. Seeing how each hero is connected to the plot is important for setting motivations, but it could have been better organized, with sections more clearly defined and better connected.

The concept is more than enough to be interesting, and all the styles of art in one book makes this collection unique, but the writing needs more consistency to make it truly great.

Mark_Daly Aug 02, 2013

Morrison throws off ideas furiously, like a Spin-Art machine tossing paint... and the results are as colorful (and messy) as you might expect.

NOTE: Some of the comments below are for other Batman collected editions (such as BATMAN: GOTHIC, which collects a 1991 Grant Morrison story first published in the Legends of the Dark Knight comic). For the record, this BATMAN INCORPORATED volume published in 2012 collects issues 1-8 and 0 from the series of the same name, which were originally published in 2010-2011.

Dec 12, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this graphic novel. The artwork is enjoyable but the storyline leaves me like one of Joker's laughing fish: you have a silly grin but not sure why. Nothng more than a updated version of multi ersatz first seen back in the 1950s.

Sep 26, 2012

Classic Morrison non-linear story telling. Like some of his previous works it can be a bit hard to understand at first, but once you piece it together it's a pretty strong read.

devilcrusher666 Sep 25, 2012

Art is fairly cool, story is extremely boring.


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Mark_Daly Aug 02, 2013

NOTE: The summary shown here from July 2013 is for a different Batman collected edition. This record is for 2012's BATMAN INCORPORATED, which collects issues of the comic of the same title from 2010-2011.


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