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It was a DC week for me, as many of you know; there were lots of Batman in these books, including one, Batman: the Return, that I didn’t put in my list but got anyway because it lead into the first issue of Batman Inc, which proved to be a wise menouver. So let’s get into it shall we.
Batman Inc #1: Surprise, surprise, I know. But man, this book is a ton of fun! It’s equal parts serious, action packed, funny, sexy, silver age and post modern. It’s superbly writen and drawn, and as much as I inittaly thought that I wasn’t going to pick up this title, I am sure as hell glad I did. I even tried to convince myself not to make this my best pick of the week, but I couldn’t do it. I hope that the quality keeps up on this book, because this new status quo is going to be something that hasn’t been seen in a long time, and possibly at all.
Batman: The Return One Shot: This seems counter-intuitive to everything I just said, but i do have a reason, and it comes down to art. Every book i picked up this week was beautiful drawn, and this book was no exception, but i found it was terribly coloured. there were a lot of pages that were really dark, and they featured these great Batman and Robin type Iron Man suits, and a fight with this crazy looking baddy that i couldn’t really make out. And this was a shame, cause this book sets up Batman Inc really well and ultimately makes that book so much better. As Connor Kilpatrick in his review at iFanboy.com that this book does all the heavy lifting, and for that it is good, but the colouring brings this book down too many notches for me.
It’s Monday, and it’s time to look at what I will be picking up this week. Check out my picks at iFanboy. I have a pretty big week with a good mix of Marvel, DC and Vertigo. Most looking forward to Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos‘ Amazing Spider-Man #648. It’s kind of new a creative team, but it’s a whole brand new story! I appreciate those who got the joke. I also decided to pick up a book i just read the preview for, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 by Nick Spencer, a new writer who’s been making the rounds as of late. The Return of Bruce Wayne also come out this week, and it’s the last issue of the six issue mini-series, and coupled with last weeks Batman &Robin #16 pushes the Batman titles to its next phase; Batman Inc.
I can’t wait for Wednesday.
So it’s been a day since the big reveal in Batman and Robin #16, a reveal that has massive changes in store not only for Batman and his related books, but for the DC Universe as well. I’m going to spoil the end of Batman and Robin #16, so please if you don’t want to know what happened, please don’t read this post. I’d like to add that one website spoiled the end of this issue for me by putting the spoiler in the title of the article; you couldn’t miss it. I was not impressed and sent them a tweet about it, but have failed to receive anything in response. Anyway, you have been warned.
The issue ends with the return of Bruce Wayne to Gotham City, and in a public news conference announces to his city, and what is sure to be the world, that he is responsible for supplying the Batman with, as Jack Nicholson’s Joker states, “all those wonderful toys!” Yes Bruce Wayne tells everyone know that he bank rolls Batman. It’s as close you can get to Batman outing himself. So what’s next for the Bat family? Well that would be Batman Inc; Batman world wide. That’s a Batman like hero in all the major parts of the world, but most of us knew this was going to happen, we just didn’t know that Bruce Wayne would be funding them publicly.
So what does this mean eaxctly? a hundred guys in Batman suits running around? I don’t think it’s quite that; it seems that Batman will fund or inspire similar styled heroes. Those men or women, who have suffered loss through the injustice of society and its criminals, and who take it upon themselves to right these wrongs by honing their bodies and minds to the best of their abilities. See the cover for Batman Inc. #2, where Bruce goes to Asia for some recruiting as a possible example of this. The recruits into Batman Inc will proabbly be exisiting heroes. I don’t believe that writer Grant Morrision will have Batman looking so everyday people to mold, but people who have already made the choice of being a hero. Another example of this is Knight and Squire, who can be considered the Batman and Robin of England.
While I said that there probably won’t be a hundred Batmen running around, but there will be more than one. Dick Grayson, who had taken over Bruce’s mantle while he was lost in time, will remain Batman and be the Batman of Gotham City, and Bruce’s son, Damian, will remain Robin. Part of me wonders if Bruce will have a Robin sidekick and if said sidekick will be former Robin, now current Red Robin, Tim Drake. When did Batman get so confusing?
But again, a lot of this we already knew. What I’m curious for is what going public with his involvement in the Batman is going to do to Bruce. New E-i-C Bob Harras Stated in an interview at CBR that Bruce’s decision will move him away from being thought of as Batman, and having Dick as Batman will solidify that. I really hope Morrison tackles this idea. Will everyone think that Bruce isn’t Batman after this? I can’t see how they would; at least one person will have to question, and what will happen if that person does it publicly? I will probably have to pick up Batman Inc. just to find out, which I wasn’t going to do. There are other interesting notions here too. Can Bruce be charged with aiding a vigilante, and in the case, multiple vigilantes? What happens to his personal life now? Will Batman’s Rouges go after Bruce to get to Batman? How much has Wayne Enterprises gone up now that he is tied to the public?
As much as I dislike this idea of Bruce being paritally public with his Batman persona, there will be some interesting stories and possible new mythologies that will come out because of this. What’s also interesting about this is that the Big Two of the DC Universe, Superman and Batman, have had role reversals. Batman is watching crime globally while Superman is walking around America. The next few Batman stories are going to be different, and I wonder how long they will last, and what else Grant Morrison has up his sleve for the Dark Knight.
It’s time for my first set of Picks of the Week. Normally I just choose the book I feel is the best from those that I pull that week. Sometimes I have ten books, others just two. I am trying something new, instead of picking just one book, I’m going to pick two. One will be for the book I feel is the best and the other for the book I feel is the worst. So without further ado…
Best of the Week
Superboy #1 by Jeff Lemire and Pier Gallo. Good introduction issue with strong art.
Brightest Day #13 byJohns, Tomasi, Reis Syaf, Prado. This my pick of the worst comic really because I could care less about Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
Check back tomorrow for my reviews on these books.