Comic Rack – Batman Inc. #1 (The worst Batman story ever?)

by Cap'n Carrot on May 30, 2012 · 6 comments

in Comics!

Please, for the love of God, would somebody at DC stop letting Grant Morrison write Batman stories. Morrison resurects several of his Batman Incorporated supporting players and throws them haphazardly in the New 52 for the new (but not really improved) Batman Incorporated.

The issue starts with a group in animal masks mutilating livestock to lure Batman and Robin into the crosshairs of the assassin known as Goatboy. Sigh. Goatboy, it seems, has decided to cash in on the hit Leviathan has laid on young Damian.

Morrison gives us the Dead Heroes Club (Batwing, El Gaucho, The Hood, Wingman, and Halo) almost all of whom I didn’t even know existed in the New 52 before now. He also gives us Dark Knight Returns mutants (for no more reason than he gave us Goatboy), and one hell of a bullshit ending even an newbie first-time comic book reader could call. Seriously, I can’t believe Morrison went for such an obvious sleight of hand in the first issue of a new Bat-title where we know damn well nothing bad is going to happen to the Dynamic Duo.

Chris Burnham‘s art is a weird mix of Frank Miller and Frank Quitely that works in spots but doesn’t really fit the story. As to when the story takes place that’s a damn good question. It’s obviously not occurring during Night of the Owls (which every single Bat-book is currently wrapped up in).

The Batman/Damian relationship seems to be pre-Nobody except Damian killing the villain is directly referred to. So does it take place some undetermined time in the future? Wait, I really, really don’t care to know. I’m just going to try and forget I ever read it instead (which seems far easier than trying to make sense out of this mess). I’d say the New 52 has hit rock bottom, but I know they’ll probably find a way to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

So, let me get this straight, we get crappy redesigns for Deadshot and Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, Catman and the rest of the Secret Six are still in limbo, but Halo and Morrison’s fetish creations get to run free in the New 52. Fuck you for this DC. This issue, which is in the running for the worst Batman comic I’ve ever read, is the kind of shit that makes me want to stop reading comics all together. Pass.

[DC, $2.99]

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  • Mike Davis

    They’ve really screwed up Justice League, too. Seems that Geoff Johns has to diss Batman in every issue.

    • _Scorch_

      “They’ve really screwed up Justice League, too. Seems that Geoff Johns has to diss Batman in every issue.”

      Okay, THANK YOU. I was wondering if I was the only one noticing that Johns seems to be going out of his away to destroy Batman.
      We still don’t love Green Lantern the way Johns does. He should accept that. *cough* look at that stupid movie

    • Cap’n Carrot

      Johns has been very inconsistent, not just with Batman but with all the JLA-ers. I’m also less than happy with the what I’m referring to as the “Booster Gold-ization” of Hal Jordan who Johns seems to have rebranded into the mold of Booster when he was first introduced. I’ve thought several issues of Justice League were only okay to mediocre (one or two bordering on terrible), but what Morrison does here, encapsulates so many of the issues I have with the New 52 and really, really pissed me off.

  • Jack

    You have terrible taste.

    • Cap’n Carrot

      No, I just have different taste than you. And to that (especially if you thought this was a good comic despite making no sense in the New 52 and stuck in the middle of Night of Owls, which isn’t even touched upon) all I can say is Thank God.

  • Steve King

    Well, I’ve pretty much avoided the new 52 all together. I was curious about the Snyder/Capullo book, so I picked up the hard cover collection of what I think were the first seven issues. There were things that I liked, and quite a bit that I didn’t. What surprised me was that its been called the best book of the new 52 in reviews and in chats I’ve had in the comic shop. Now, I say this as someone who has loved DC comics for a very long time, but that’s the best they have to offer? That’s really disappointing. I didn’t hate the book, I just wasn’t blown away by it either.

    As for Morrison, he’s been hit or miss with me. Some of his stuff I’ve enjoyed, some of it not so much. The odd thing though is that I just watched the documentary “Talking with Gods” and the main thing I took away from it was that Morrison really does seem to have free reign at DC. Also, it seemed like the main contention of the doc was that it’s the readers fault if they don’t either enjoy or understand his stories (Final Crisis being the series they focused on most in that regard). I will say that I do think he’s a very prolific talent in the comics industry. There’s no denying that. But I also think that he misses the mark as often as he hits it. For me, most of his Batman stuff has been a big miss. But maybe that’s just me.

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