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Batman Incorporated: The Deluxe Edition

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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,309 ratings  ·  248 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 Edition, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by DC Comics (first published December 1st 2011)
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(B+) 77% | Good
Notes: It throws a lot of stuff at the wall: what sticks is great, but what doesn’t bounces at your head and knocks you stupid.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dcu, worst-books
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
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
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Some of these issues are really good, some not so much. I didn't like the weird Matrix-y issue at the end but most of the other ones are pretty cool
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Batman starts to realize that he's overextended. He has his hands full trying to protect Gotham City, and other places around the world could use their version of Batman. That's where Batman Incorporated comes in. He sees and investigates good candidates that can take on the Batman mantle in a worthy manner in different cities. This volume focuses on Tokyo and Paris. The Tokyo storyline is pretty over-the-top and crazy. It reminds me of the crazy nature of Japanese and Asian action films. The vi ...more
James DeSantis
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Yep, done with morrison's run on Batman. Besides Batman and Robin he's the worst Batman writer of all time. Goodbye!
Nicolo Yu
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
This book collects the entire run of Batman Incorporated before the New 52 reboot DC Comics did with their superhero line a few years back. This is Grant Morrison doing what he does best with Batman, expanding the mythos by reviving and reintroducing characters and concepts that used to exist on fringes of the DC Universe. Batman Incorporated is Morrison latest take on the character, a culmination of sorts from prior stories that gave us Damian Wayne and a new version of the international Batmen ...more
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
John Yelverton
Nov 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
There are bad ideas, there are bad books, and then there are the bad books with bad ideas. This is one of the latter.
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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
Sam Quixote
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bruce Wayne reveals himself as the financial backer behind the Batman and that he plans to finance like-minded vigilantes around the world so that there will be a Batman in every part of the world under the umbrella title - Batman Incorporated.

This book introduces a large number of the new recruits to Batman Inc as Bruce Wayne/Batman travels the world training up an army for the coming storm with a mysterious new cadre of evil called Leviathan.

First up is a trip to Japan where Batman and Catwoma
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, graphic-novels

Like, even for comic book plots this shit made no sense. WTF, Batman? What is even happening here?
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"HEEHEE-HEEHEE-HEE! Death loves you!"

"I wear the grin beneath the skin, the future seen in every smile."

More wacky fun and deadly violent Batman from Grant Morrison. This rides the line of ethereality, all details linked and tangled in a giant "web" of mystery, spies, death traps and super villains. This will definitely require multiple reads for total comprehension.

This plot is deep and weaving, so I won't attempt to summarize much. Batman Incorporated is in full effect and an antithetical arm
Christopher (Donut)
I was going to give this four stars due to some of its "problematic" aspects, but even the totally tripped out last issue (which I can't pretend I got at all) had my jaw dropping.

By the way, this pretty much guaranteed a five-star rating from me:

So yeah, my status as a Grant Morrison fanboy is confirmed.
Fugo Feedback
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi todo el mundo.
Recommended to Fugo 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
Gianfranco Mancini


A great volume of Morrison's Batman run. Liked for good the storyline and the references to old stories of the caped crusader (some characters are out from old Batman 1955/56 issues!!!), art was really good too (Yanick Paquette just gained a new fan), but sometimes I had to go back and re-read pages to check if things made sense...
But of that this was a real blast of a read with real gems inside.

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Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-dc-collection
Every book I finish reading, I come one step closer to having read one of the best Batman run's, Grant Morrison's run on Batman.
This story starts in Japan. We see Lord Death Man formerly know as simply Death Man eliminating one of Japan's greatest crime fighters, Mr. Unknown, or did he? Lord Death Man is one of the most interesting Batman villains I've seen.

This book jumps around the world (what did you expect after seeing the cover of this book). There's a lot going on in this book. Batman (B
Michael (Mai)
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
noope, sorry, didn't like it... especially that ending... wow what was up with that!! Let's quickly forget this one...
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Grant Morrison is often lauded as a comic-writing genius, but he has a very particular, nuanced style that I find eye-rollingly easy to hate. He likes to dig up and use crusty, obscure, nigh-worthless bits of a character's decades-long history and make them feel like important parts of a story you've missed out on. He likes to have characters give a lot of psycho-babble--"psycho" here meaning "psychotic," and he likes to pretend like he's using their ramblings to cleverly hide mysterious plot de ...more
William Thomas
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
This book reminds me why it can be so fun to be a comic-book geek! The idea of Bruce Wayne "franchising" out the Batman concept sounds silly on paper, but Grant Morrison makes it work with multi-layered storytelling, colorful villains, exciting action sequences, and even some social commentary. Whether he's breathing new life into a character who was last seen in the 1970s, or establishing a dangerous new nemesis who's influence is being spread throughout the entire world, Morrison makes every p ...more
Sonny Liew
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Starts promisingly enough, but turns quickly into an unreadable mess.
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
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: batman, new-52, dc
I should start this review by saying, in all honesty, I'm not sure I fully understood bits of this story. Anyone who has read a lot of Morrison's Batman run may understand (and maybe it's just me) that the plot jumps about a lot, relies on you spotting tiny hints and clues, and having a good knowledge of Batman's past. This makes it a necessity to read and re read certain parts (it can't just be me) to understand what's going on. This while sometimes satisfying often retracts from the enjoyment ...more
C. Hall
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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