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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,593 ratings  ·  162 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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StoryTellerShannon
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...more
Kyle
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...more
Jeff
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...more
Anne
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.
*sigh*
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?
Noooo.

However, when Grant takes his meds, hi...more
Ekairidium
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...more
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.
Mike
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...more
Sesana
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...more
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
Dmckafka
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
Martin
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...more
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...more
Zach
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
Elizabeth
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...more
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Caroline
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
Jonathan

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...more
Sonic
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.

SA
THIS SHIT MADE NO SENSE.

Like, even for comic book plots this shit made no sense. WTF, Batman? What is even happening here?
Alan
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...more
Desmond Fox
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
Sorcha
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...more
Michelle
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...more
Amauri
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...more
Bryson Kopf
Phase 3 of Morrison's Batman epic starts here, with Batman going around the world to recruit heroes to join Batman, Inc. I know that a lot of people found this concept goofy as hell, but there is something pretty fascinating of running crime-fighting as an corporate entity (superheroic franchises if you will). The first story set in Japan channels both Batman '66 with its audacious death-traps and the wonderful Batman manga tales created by Jiro Kuwata (collected in Bat-Manga!). I was especially...more
Malin
Following on from the events of Batman R.I.P., Final Crisis, Batman and Robin and Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, this trade paperback collects a lot of stories setting up the new and international Batman Incorporated. Bruce Wayne has gone public as the financier of Batman. He wants to make sure that anywhere there is crime, there will be a Batman, or someone closely linked to him. Batman and his associates travel the globe to recruit new members for their organisation, while fighting the eme...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
Rachel
Grant Morrison once again adds a considerable amount to the Batman canon. Teaming up with several different artists allows him to visit a wide range of places, while focusing on various crime-fighters, and give each a distinctive feel. These can range from the blocky line work in the Catwoman chapter that gives a noir feel, appropriate to the Batman and Catwoman relationship. The Batwoman chapters use the same multiple style approach to distinguish between the superhero persona, real person, and...more
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