Batman, Incorporated

Batman, Incorporated

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Batman unites the Dark Knights from around the globe in the #1 New York Times bestselling BATMAN INCORPORATED VOL. 1 by superstar writer Grant Morrison!

Morrison continues his earth-shattering run on the Batman titles with this exciting series illustrated by hot artist Yanick Paquette that features the next stage of evolution of the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne publicly announces that he is the financial backer of Batman and establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen that will protect the entire globe.

This is the beginning of a stunning direction for the world's greatest detective that will team him with Catwoman, Batwoman and Batman In representatives on international crime fighting missions against Lord Death Man in Japan, South America and Argentina.

This volume collects BATMAN INCORPORATED #1-8 and BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES! #1.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401238278
1401238270
Branch Call Number: MOR Y GN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 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.

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temp123987
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.

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bbraich2
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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