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Batman, Incorporated #0 - Brand Building Review

5

Beautifully unique art helps make the formation of Batman Inc. a story worth your time and money.

The Good

When it comes to Batman Incorporated, my only reading experience is Grant Morrison's New 52 series. So going into this I had some concern about feeling left in the dark, but thankfully that isn't the case here. Morrison manages to bring to light how and why Batman Inc started and even familiarizes us with a whole slew of its members.

It's far too often I'll read a comic and the experience feels like an all too quick read (I have this problem with BLOODSHOT). Such isn't the case at all with BATMAN INCORPORATED #0. Despite filling it to the brim with characters, Morrison was able to give each a unique and satisfying story and when all was said and done, I felt like I knew each quite well. These aren't just short cameos (Nightrunner aside) -- there's more than enough content here to get a firm read on the prominent members and an insightful look into their mindsets. In my opinion, it's a solid feat by Morrison.

The oh-so lovable brat Damian makes two quick cameos and both have hilarious dialogue. "I'll happily punch him" is a line that just oozes with Damian's assertive and arrogant personality. Little Wayne aside, there's a fair amount of humor thrown into the mix by other characters as well (release the "bat-mole!"). Also, you have no soul if the ending doesn't put a smile on your face.

There's no doubt in my mind that Frazer Irving's artwork is going to be hit or miss for everyone. For me, it was an absolute delight looking over many of these panels. The opening image immediately blew me away. The contrast of colors as Batman's plane flew away from a bright and heavily detailed explosion was incredibly impressive and I spent a good deal of time appreciating the first panel before diving into the rest of the issue. There's also an excellent amount of detail packed into most of the facial expressions.

The Bad

Like I previously said, not everyone is going to be a fan of Irving's unique style of art. If that's the case, I'm pretty sure it'll feel like a chore trying to read through this issue. Also, while I like how Morrison juggled a high number of characters, it might be an overlord of names and subplots for others.

The Verdict

BATMAN INCORPORATED #0 is a must read if you're into the Batman mythos. Morrison crafts a fulfilling tale packed with plenty of action, laughs and intrigue. Irving's positively unique artwork is just icing on this Bat-family cake.