Today sees[Yesterday saw] the release of Batman, Incorporated #13, which brings to an end Grant Morrison’s reign over the Dark Knight - An epic run that has spanned seven years, four separate series and three different Batmen altogether (not to mention a slew of amazing artists with names like Kubert, Quitely, Stewart, Burnham, and more). Starting with 2006’s Batman #655, Morrison has introduced Bruce Wayne to all manner of things that don’t normally appear in Batman stories, whether it’s time travel, inter-dimensional New Gods or simply a Gotham very much outside of his control, all the while refining what Batman is and could be.
To celebrate the end of Morrison’s Batman run, here’s a list of some of the many ways in which he has enriched the fictional life of Gotham City’s most treasured hero, and changed the World’s Greatest Detective’s career for the better (Okay, maybe for the worse, in some cases).
Wednesday, July 29th, marks the release of Batman, Incorporated #13 which will be the final issue of Batman, Inc and Grant Morrison’s final issue of his epic Batman run which began in 2006 with the Batman story-arc, Batman and Son. These past seven years won’t be forgotten anytime soon as Morrison has given us some essential Batman moments, including the introduction and eventual demise of his son Damian Wayne/Robin.
In Batman, Incorporated #13, Batman will come face to face with the woman responsible for his son’s death, Damian’s own mother Talia al Ghul. How will this tragic tale end? You’ll just have to wait and see when the issue comes out Wednesday. Until then check out this preview thanks to The New York Post. Full issue solicitation below.
Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Chris Burnham
Cover by: Chris Burnham
Variant Cover by: Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Jul 31 2013
Batman saves the world and loses everything.
(via DC Comics)
This past Wednesday, July 3rd I was sitting in my room reading the new comics I had bought that day. I went ahead and downloaded Batman ‘66 Chapter 1 on Comixology. It was amazing. If you haven’t heard yet, DC has a new digital-first series called Batman ‘66, which is basically a comic inspired by the old Adam West television series. I use to love watching that old series as a child and sometimes as an adult I still do. The new digital comic reminds me so much of what was good about that show; its fun, comical, campy, and kinda goofy. Also, the colors and artwork are phenomenal.
After finishing that chapter and leaving with a huge smile on my face and went ahead and started reading another issue that came out this week; Batman, Incorporated #12. Before I get into that, though, let me give a point of reference for those of you who may not be into Batman, Inc. Obviously, there will be SPOILERS.
So, if you didn’t already know Robin, a.k.a. Damian Wayne, a.k.a Batman’s 12-year old biological son, was murdered back in issue 8 by none other than Damian’s fully grown adult clone, The Heretic. In issue 12 Batman goes about taking his very bloody revenge on the man who killed his son. He’s beats him, gouges out one eye, and with the help of Knight and Nightwing, breaks off his mask that has been hiding his face since his first introduction. After he is de-masked we see he basically has the same face as Damian Wayne! So, there’s Damian’s 12-year old face with only one eye staring at Batman. It was kinda shocking to me and even Batman was disgusted. To make matters worse Talia al Ghul, the mother of Damian and The Heretic, goes ahead and chops off The Heretic’s head for failing her. So, one of that last panels we see is of The Heretic’s bloody, one-eyed, severed head laying on the ground. It’s pretty gruesome.
Now, I am in no way complaining about Batman, Inc #12. I love the series and I really loved that issue. I just wanted to share with you guys how jarring it was for me to read Batman ‘66 Chapter 1 and Batman, Inc #12 back to back. It had me thinking about how dark and gritty DC has gotten overall. In their comics and in their movies (e.g., Man of Steel). While the darkness works for me its still nice to have some lighthearted books to choose from. Therefore, I’m glad DC came out with Batman ‘66; a bright, fun-loving, comical idea in an otherwise dark and sometimes disgusting world.
Batman, Incorporated #12 (Preview)
Previews Contain Spoilers
Story by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Colors by Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by Dave Sharpe
Covers by Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, Guillem March
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Leviathan and the Heretic are on the ropes… could Batman be on the verge of avenging all he’s lost?
Available tomorrow, July 3rd.
Grant Morrison’s Batman, Incorporated officially ends in July with issue #13, but the following August DC plans on releasing a special one-shot featuring stories based on several characters introduced within Morrison’s series. That also includes Bat Cow.
Check out ComicBookResources for more details.
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Batman, Incorporated #10
When only one can survive, which will it be: the man or the bat?
Batman: The Dark Knight #19
Where is Batman while Gotham City is being destroyed?
Injustice: Gods Among Us #4
All-new digital adventures in print for the first time! Based on the upcoming DC fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat! Superman discovers that not every nation on Earth is willing to fall in line with the new world order! A team of the world’s most powerful Super Heroes unites to confront an old ally.
Jupiter’s Legacy #1
The comic-book event of 2013 finally arrives as superstar creators MARK MILLAR and FRANK QUITELY give us the superhero epic that all future comics will be measured by. The world’s greatest heroes have grown old and their legacy is a poisonous one to the children who will never live up to their remarkable parents. Unmissable.
Avengers Arena #8
A new story arc begins! What are X-23’s secrets…and what is Darkhawk’s big reveal?
Then…Deadpool is hired by a demon to reclaim damned souls! Plus…Wade gets in touch with his feminine side!
Guardians of the Galaxy #2
While London deals with the brutal Badoon invasion, the fate of the Guardians of the Galaxy may have been decided millions of miles away.
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #22
"VENOM WARS" CONCLUSION! Venom versus Spidey! The Final Showdown! How does Gwen Stacy figure into it and how will it change her and Miles’ life forever? Guest-Starring Mary Jane Watson!
Uncanny X-Men #5
FRAZER IRVING (Batman and Robin) joins the creative team of UNCANNY X-MEN! Learn what it’s like to be a student at Cyclops’ new school.
Young Avengers #4
Kate Bishop finally turns up! A lovely day trip to Central Park for a group of cheery youngsters. LIES! It’s not lovely as they’re being pursued by bad guys and it’s not a day trip as (er) it’s at night. A shameless retcon into Marvel Boy’s history!
Batman Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star Hardcover Eisner Award-winning fan-favorite writer Grant Morrison concludes the Batman epic he began nearly a decade ago in BATMAN & SON, pitting the entirity of Batman Incorporated against the Levianth (via Batman Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star Hardcover)
Check out the cover for July’s release of Grant Morrison’s Batman, Incorporated which is both the final issue of the series as well as the end of Morrison’s run on the character which began in 2006. Check out ComicBook.com for more details.
My Picks for March 27th, 2013
This Post Contains Spoilers
Rachel Rising #15
Rachel reaches out to her mother with shocking results!
The critically-acclaimed adventures of Aquaman continue with “DEATH OF A KING.” Unfolding out of the events of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” comes a mystery that sends Aquaman to the ends of the Earth to solve an ancient murder—one that will reveal a horrific truth about Arthur Curry and threaten those closest to him today. Plus, Mera has a quest of her own involving a long-forgotten adversary of Aquaman.
Batman, Incorporated #9
The fallout from last month’s shocking turn of events has Batman on the run! Is The Dark Knight a murderer?
Batman: The Dark Knight #18
The terrifying tale of the Mad Hatter’s origin continues! Batman is still two steps behind the Hatter’s current reign of terror…will Catwoman’s interference make it three?
Injustice: Gods Among Us #3
Based on the upcoming DC fighting game from NetherRealm Studios, creators of Mortal Kombat. A new world order seizes the reins of power, forcing heroes to face each other in a fight to save humanity. Which side will Wonder Woman choose?
Teen Titans #18
Unknown to the Teen Titans, Red Robin’s condition is worsening after the events of “DEATH OF THE FAMILY.” And now Red Robin must face an even greater tragedy! The new Dr. Light is coming for Solstice! Guest-starring the Suicide Squad!
Age of Ultron #3
For years the heroes of the Marvel Universe have lived in fear that the artificial intelligence known as Ultron would one day evolve to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth — that day has arrived. This massive 10-part Marvel Universe-spanning event is brought to you by Eisner award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and comics legend Bryan Hitch.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1
There’s a new rule in the galaxy: No one touches Earth! No one!! Why has Earth become the most important planet in the Galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out!! Join the brightest stars in the Marvel universe: Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and—wait for it—Iron-Man, as they embark upon one of the most explosive and eye-opening chapters of Marvel NOW! These galactic Avengers are going to discover secrets that will rattle Marvel readers for years to come! Why wait for the movie? It all starts here!
Superior Spider-Man #6AU
The Superior Spider-Man enters the Age of Ultron!
Young Avengers #3
A Fight scene, probably.And another one, but this time in a club.Plentiful feels. (aka “Meaningful emotional character beats” for people who aren’t on tumblr)The fakest ID in history.
After the shocking events in last month’s Batman, Incorporated, Batman, Incorporated #9 will show us the aftermath we’ve been waiting for. [SPOILERS] Will Batman take his revenge for the death of his son? Check out the preview above and find out what happens when the issue hits store shelves Wednesday, March 27th.