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Batman Incorporated (Batman Incorporated #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,961 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Grant Morrison continues his earth-shattering run on the Batman titles with this exciting new series illustrated by hot artist Yanick Paquette that features the next stage of evolution of the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne publicly announces that he is the financial backer of Batman and establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen that will protect the entire globe. This is the b ...more
Hardcover, Deluxe, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by DC Comics (first published December 1st 2011)
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Batman is going global. He can't be everywhere so he's training his “Bat” people all over the world. This first installment focuses on some of their tales.

As usual writer Grant Morrison dips into old comic book tales and this is no different.

“Mr. Unknown is Dead”: Batman's planned “Bat” in Tokyo is dead and he must deal with the immortal Lord Death Man, find a new Bats and creatively put an “end” to Lord Death Man. (STORY: B plus; ARTWORK: B plus)

“The Scorpion Tango”: Batman unsuccessfully tri
Confusing. Unclear. Incomprehensible. Unstructured. Anticlimactic. Pure Morrison.

So Batman, do you wanna talk about your new codpiece? I mean, I get it. Maybe it's functional, might even offer some added protection.... but it's a codpiece, Bruce. A codpiece. Bringing back the codpiece is like trying to convince people that you weren't wearing your underwear on the outside of your costume all these years: it ain't gonna happen. May as well put Robin in a green jock-strap while you're at it.

And a
Sep 16, 2013 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
It seems that everything that I have read from Grant Morrison has been first rate: All-Star Superman, New X-Men, the New 52 Action Comics. This collection is no exception. Here Batman is back from where ever he went when Darkseid obliterated him. He’s now setting up Batman Incorporated, a world- wide network of heroes to battle crime on a global scale. Here, it’s the Leviathan.

The art is different for each storyline and is exceptional. I appreciate how Grant Morrison is reverential to the source
About fifty percent of this was fun to read.

Some of the stories were coherent and fun, and some of them...were classic Morrison. In other words, there was a whole lotta flipping backward to see if I missed something that would make what I just read make sense.
And then I would remember who the author was.

I thought quite a few of the new Batman recruits were lame, and there was also a noticeable amount of doofy villains. That guy with the parrot?

However, when Grant takes his meds, hi
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I finally decided to read and review each issue for Batman Incorporated (2010-2011) series last week. I've been hearing great things about it for quite some time so I picked it up right after its New 52 relaunch which meant that I missed the first arc of the series so I happily decided to come back to it once my self-imposed Batman Comics Diet happened by May this year. And I was pleasantly intrigued (and sometimes even perplexed).

Some of you may
John Yelverton
There are bad ideas, there are bad books, and then there are the bad books with bad ideas. This is one of the latter.
What's this? A straight tale with no mind-bending subtext or fourth wall-breakage? Hell, the dialogue in the British sequence is positively Silver Age in its obviousness. Did Morrison decide to write "normal" just to be ultra-weird?

No, this book slowly veers back towards signature Morrison territory - it just takes most of the book for that crescendo to become audible enough to detect it. It's interesting to read the back matter and see just how much attention Morrison and his artists put into r
Morrison is a great writer, and he's great at Batman. He also has... interesting tastes in stories. Here, Bruce Wayne has decided to use his wealth to fund a worldwide consortium of Batmen. Batman is everywhere. Sort of like McDonalds. On the surface, the idea is sort of silly, but it also works. It makes sense. Why wouldn't Bruce Wayne do something like this?

There's some truly great issues in here. Teaming up with Catwoman in Japan, meeting up with Batwoman, the reservation storyline, and seei
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
Geh. This was my least favorite Batman so far. It was terribly confusing and a good chunk of the time boring. Half way through I actually posted on facebook and asked the other fans of comics if I should bother finishing it.

This is my second Grant Morrison Batman and I don’t know if I’ll read anymore by him or not but if you read my review for Batman Arkham Asylum you’ll know I have mixed feelings about the dude. I think sometimes people get popular just for pushing limits rather than doing thin
Federiken Masters
Jul 06, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Autor y personaje
Si no me equivoco, ya me leí en números individuales todos los números que van a ser recopilados en este tomo. Y aunque no todos ellos alcanzarían con comodidad las cuatro estrellas, la idea general, cómo se va desarrollando y todo lo que se esconde detrás, hacen que promedie para arriba y se gane unas dignísimas cuatro estrellitas. Premio especial para nuestro querido estereotipo fallido, el Gaucho, que aunque parece mexicano se la bana con creces. Sobre el capítulo que transcurre en Argentina ...more
Grant Morrison was once the greatest writer in comics. He, as well as his British contemporaries Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, entered an American comics scene horribly unprepared for their visionary storytelling in the late 1980s, and the scene was all the better for it. These writers had little concern for the tired, repetitious storytelling that had been the norm in superhero comics for decades, and sought to bring back the best of the golden and silver ages' storytelling. Morrison and the othe ...more
William Thomas
I judge all Batman books by a standard of hardboiled fiction. David Finch's Batman is a Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer type, mostly brawn and escaping near-death explsions. Scott Snyder's Batman reads like a Jim Thompson novel with undertones of psycholgical horror. Grant Morrison's Batman is the pinnacle of hardboiled crime writing in that it resembles Raymond Chandler and shows us why Batman's tag line is "World's Greatest Detective" and not "World's Greatest Kung-Fu Escape Artist" (sorry David ...more

Like, even for comic book plots this shit made no sense. WTF, Batman? What is even happening here?
I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of Batman. I think I'm generally in the minority when I say that I prefer the campier versions over the serious ones. But I decided to give Grant Morrison's run of Batman Incorporated a try since I enjoyed his time on X-men. Unfortunately, I didn't like this collection. The stories tended to bore me and only managed to catch my attention in a few brief spots. And the idea of Batman making himself into a global corporation, of sorts, was creeping me out by the e ...more
As great as Morrison's Batman run had been up until Batman and Robin, Vol. 3: Batman and Robin Must Die! & Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, with this book he cranks it up a notch or two as Batman goes global - by recruiting agents in different parts of the world - to thwart a seemingly ubiquitous criminal organisation named Leviathan.

This is an ambitious project which, in the hands of a lesser writer, might have collapsed before it even got halfway, but with Morrison at the helm you just k
Jan 17, 2013 Zach rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who's kept up with Morrison's other Batman stuff...seriously, no one else would follow it
Shelves: comics, batman
At this point, I don't expect anything more (or less) from Grant Morrison's Batman stuff than breakneck storytelling packed with a surplus of ideas. Batman Incorporated definitely delivers on those expectations; in fact, despite a shaky beginning, I'd say this is the best of Morrison's run since R.I.P. As with R.I.P. and The Black Glove, a lot of the fun here is in seeing Morrison dig up and recontextualize discarded remnants of Batman's almost 75-year history. This time, we get to see the origi ...more
C. Hall
I don't generally go for mainstream superhero comics, but Grant Morrison carries a lot of weight with me; his All-Star Superman and Flex Mentallo series are, in this reader's estimation, the very pinnacle of what can be achieved with the superhero archetype. So I gave Batman, Inc. a chance, and I'm glad I did. Though this story kicks off after a much longer story arc, it stands on its own remarkably well: I didn't feel as if I missed any of the plot or background details despite having no knowle ...more
I received this glossy, gorgeous book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm happy to say that Grant Morrison has not lost any of his wit or charm since I read THE INVISIBLES many years ago. In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that in the Superman/Batman contest, I'll always go for Batman. Every. Single. Time. So to read any intelligent Batman story is a treat for me. When someone like Morrison writes for Batman, there is a truly satisfying depth of characterization. At times it ...more
Michelle Cristiani
With DC Comics - Batman especially, because there are so many in the Bat-family - you don't just follow the plot: you also have to keep track of the characters, the cameos, the references. Well, you don't HAVE to, but it's more enjoyable, I think, if you do. Amazingly, on this one - where Batman hires heroes throughout the world to face against world threats - I was actually able to follow - and recognize at first sighting - a lot of the characters.

Once I was able to do that, I found that the p
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A decent look into the globalization of the Batman icon, with Bruce Wayne taking over as a public figure funding the corporation. I'd read a little bit here and there involving this, so it was nice to go back and see the real set-up for this. While there was a storyline throughout, this felt pretty disjointed and like it was missing issues here and there and failed to be very clear. The art in here ranges from being rough to decent, as well, but overall this was an enjoyable enough read. If noth ...more

Batman Incorporated is a unique graphic novel that uses various differing art styles and miniature stories to fulfil one larger story arc. It's artwork works to create a kind of patchwork effect that contributes to the overall story of Bruce Wayne attempting to create a unified team of Batmen all across the globe. Each Batman with his own unique presence, costume and abilities. All in all to say it simply this is a unique Batman novel that is smartly done even if the ending is a frustrating clif
Superb artwork supports Morrison's brilliant imagination, and creates a Batman book I was not embarrassed to read in public. Heh heh heh.
It's a premise only Morrison could pull off,
well, Morrison and some strong illustrators,
and that is just what we have here.
Fun stuff.

Stupid. I think maybe I like comics more in theory than in practice.
Young Napoleon
Mad overrated.

Decent art throughout. If you use your imagination a bit, you can make the story better than it comes out if you just kinda read it straight... but it's still nothing spectacular to me. My favourite parts of this book were basically Bruce's talks on why Batman Inc. is the future & for the best, it reminds me of the whole Batman-as-a-symbol thing, which is the flyest thing about The Dark Knight movies especially. Also, I'd never seen The Hood, & he entertained me. & The
I admit to a soft spot for Grant Morrison's work where he goes so far over the top it borders on the comical. With this volume of Batman Incorporated he comes close that comedic edge, much as he did in Al-Star Superman. Yet, I find what appears to be near unrestrained joy on Morrison's part as he creates a new world for Batman.

Upon his return from a time traveling excursion (skip that story it really isn't very good) Bruce Wayne announced to the world that he would form Batman Incorporated to fi
Drown Hollum
This book is a wonderful, genius tour of global culture and Batman's long history. Morrison comprehends Batman on a surreal level, treating his long running comic book history as a personal memoir of real events. Every issue offers something new to understand and chew on, dishing out 'aha moments' among the bevy of unique locales and talented pencils. The "Man of Bats" story might be the strongest here, with a truly unique take on what makes a hero, but it all stands out as some of the best Batm ...more
Batman has come back from the dead and decided that it's not just Gotham that's broke, but the whole world is in need of it's own Batman.

Bruce therefore funds the setup of Batman Inc, where each city/region gets it's own Batman. Often it's the case of a local anti-crime crusader who agrees to take on the Batman frachise.

This is a collection of the first 8 Batman Inc stories, that shows Wayne with several local Batmans in the fight against Levithan, a new powerful enemy. The whole Bat family are
It has a great and simple premise: Batman goes global and allows franchises to work as Batmans with a local twist and they share info and funds. Their identities are secret and they're all working to stop Leviathan, a global villainous crime ring.

Morrison of course has a screwball, bizarre and strange idea for villains and superheroes. Sometimes it gets a little to close to cliche (aboriginal, African, and Native American Batmen), but it also works for how out there the criminals are. The Argent
This book merits four stars on presentation alone. The art by Yannick Paquette and Chris Burnham is top notch and each creates a fitting atmosphere for their respective issues in the volume. Only the tale done in computer generated graphics is a letdown. The JH Williams III covers seal the deal. The one they used for the wrap-around is the least of them, but appropriate to convey the globe trotting nature of the Batman Inc. story.

The story is where I could see Batman Inc not working for everyone
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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