It’s the biggest buzzed about comic this week, Batman Incorporated #8 got the major newspaper treatment with it’s shocking twist spoiled before the Wednesday release date. This is the final showdown between Batman Inc. and Leviathan and everything that Morrison has been planning since the beginning of the series has lead to this issue’s stunning events.
Batman Inc., a global organization created by Bruce Wayne and his allies, has changed the world by using the symbolic power of the Batman on a global scale. But, Batman Inc. has been facing it’s greatest threat, Leviathan.
Leviathan is a terrorist organization formed by Talia al Ghul. They’ve created a “ring of terror” ensnaring hundreds of innocent children and turning them into killers targeting Batman and his allies across the globe.
I am a read who read the first two issue of the series, then dropped it, it didn’t do a whole lot for me. To me Morrison is very hit and miss, and his Batman has been largely miss in my eyes. But, this is an issue I thought I had to read due to the main stream media headlines. Yes, DC’s press shop did their work and got me to want to check out the series.
I found a fairly spare comic with little dialogue and lots of action. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of an action movie during the big action sequence towards the end of the movie. I missed the set up, I missed the reasons. I’m just watching the ass-kicking, but don’t really know why it’s going on.
But this issue is about that shocking moment. I read the other Batman books, so wanted to see the act that’ll impact them. And that to me is this comic. It’s lots of hoopla over one panel. The comic itself feels flimsy to me story wise. There’s lots of action. There’s lots of quips. And it’s fun, but without reading the rest of this story, this issue doesn’t quite have the impact I’d have expected it to.
I like Damian, he’s grown on me as a character and I enjoyed watching his relationship with Bruce/Batman grow. Sadly it was cut short way to soon and in a way that robs the character of the emotional impact he deserves.
But, there’s something, not sure what that just feels empty to me with how this act goes down. The emotional part of it is missing to me and overall that’s a let down. I think the greater impact of this issue will be the aftermath shown in other books, because based off of this issue, we’ll have to look for that key component elsewhere. That’s where I’m hoping to find that feeling of loss that this issue lacked.
Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass