Batman Incorporated #2

Batman Incorporated #2 Cover

Cover

Feb 2011 | DC

Writing: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Yanick Paquette
Ink: Michel Lacombe
Colour: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters:John J. Hill

Ressurector

Mr. Unknown is dead. His sidekick, Jiro, wants to prove he’s worthy for Batman’s offer and bring honor to Mr. Unknown’s death.

At least I got a nicer looking cover than the previous issue. Getting right down to things, though, this was more disappointment. The business with Jiro was interesting, but seemed to easy. Batman was too quick in accepting him after harshly turning him down because he used a gun. I just can’t buy that. If you are gonna make a point that using a gun broke the number one rule and that’s why you won’t be accepted. It doesn’t make sense how that you didn’t use a gun on your next crime fighting event warrants an instant acceptance. How is that one time you didn’t use a gun proof enough for redemption? The reason he gives Selena isn’t good enough for me. It just really makes Batman look stupid to me.

He faked his own death because he wanted to become someone else and start fresh.

Really? Was that really the reason? I remember Jiro making a big deal of joining him because he had nothing left and wants to avenge Mr. Unknowns death and make him be remembered as an honorable super. Selina chewed him out for being to harsh and Batman made a comment about him taking his chance, but it doesn’t lend any credit to his scolding. Why go about it that way? All of it eded up being unbelievable to me.

The octopus thing was still retarded, too, despite that one humerous frame of it hanging out the window. The book still dosn’t manage to balance light-heartedness with seriousness. I’m not sure what the problem is, but I’d guess they either can’t make up their mind, or are trying too hard. We have this silly tentacle monster trouble in the form of a giant octopus after Catwoman flips through that tentacle manga. There’s no punchline, either. She just complains of water, but no further connection is made to that chain. Later on in this issue we get serious again and have Lord Death Man blowing up a bus of disabled children.

I hate how Selina and Bruce interact, also. Is he gay? It sure seems that way seeing as how he doesn’t acknowledge her affections and I know how’ve they been in other books. I just don’t buy it. What the hell is up with that? There’s not even any tension in that, at all. So awful.

The whole idea that Batman is making his own vision of an international JLA thing, still seems kind of dumb to me. They will be using the bat signal and everything. While I’m curious how all of that will work out, I don’t think I can actually go through with it.

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Batman Incorporated #1

Batman Incorporated #1 Cover

Cover

Jan 2011 | DC

Writing: Grant Morrison
Pencils: Yanick Paquette
Ink: Michel Lacombe
Colour: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters:John J. Hill

Mr. Unknown is Dead

Batman hás plans to train Mr. Unknown to be Japan’s Batman. However, Lord Death Man got to him first and is bent on killing all Japan’s crime fighters.

The cover is hideous. I hate it. I hate that I got stuck with that one, and it doesn’t make me feel any hope that this book will be good. I had read several articles regarding this shifting of Batman, and I’m terrified that it will ruin my beloved super. I even had butterflies when I sat down to finally read it. It’s sad, I know. However, the articles I read did not actually explain what was going on, it was mostly complaining and whining, so I had to see for myself what’s happening.

I’m not given much hope, either, when I start reading this. Mr. Unknown is getting really messed up by Lord Death Man. Someone walks in on it and escapes and Lord Death Man screams out “kill all japanese crimefighters!” I wanted to laugh so hard, but I was too depressed.

Then we have Catwoman and Batman dealing with robots and the theft of something that looks like a diamond labeled “project x” and then we’re whisked away to a hotel with Bruce and Selina talking about him training a new Batman while in Tokyo. So, Bruce seems to have seen the bigger picture. Well. I have a hard time dealing with this issue when you have other supers organizations in play, like, oh, the JLA. Lord Death Man has plans for killing Japan’s crime fighters, so why do they need their own Batman? Why couldn’t we just have some new crime fighter hitting the scene?

The book just was so typical of the genre. There was nothing that happened that didn’t surprise me. It has this serious tone, but they inject this odd humor into it that just doesn’t work for me, like the giant octopus monster at the end and an earlier part Catoman sees the poster for some tentacle rape manga in Mr. Unknown’s comic store. and ponders the appeal taking the book. There’s a panel where she’s holding the book sideways with an interesting expression on her face.

I’m not impressed at all, but the issue doesn’t give me enough to tell whether or not this is actually going to be crap, or not. If the series is just Batman going around training the best crime fighters to be him, it just seems stupid. Why can’t they just stay being their own heroes? If it’s Batman just making a global hero organization, that has more promise in that he’s not really creating batmen, just recruiting. That seems more interesting, but still, why not just have JLA affiliates with other countries?

I want a better idea of what’s going on, so I’m going to keep reading until I find out. I’m hoping it will get better and I hope the answer is not something stupid. The art is at least pleasant, and the writing isn’t terrible, but as I mentioned before, it doesn’t mesh seriousness with light-heartedness very well. I cross my fingers and hope for the best.

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