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Batman and Son

(Batman (1940-2011) #655–658, 663–666)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  11,970 ratings  ·  342 reviews
Comic legends Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN, SEVEN SOLDIERS) and Andy Kubert (Ultimate X-Men, 1602) join forces to bring you an unforgettable tale of the Dark Knight.

After Batman faces down an army of winged horrors in a no-holds barred, bone-crunching superbrawl among the treasures of London's Pop Art Museum, Batman receives the greatest shock of his life when he di

Hardcover, 200 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by DC Comics (first published 2005)
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Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Batman has a son and it's something of a surprise as to how and when it happened unless you've been collecting Batman comics for decades (see spoilers below and yeah it's no suprise Grant Morrison mined this one). His son, Damian, is a little squirt who has been taught by “evil” yet capable assassins and the like so he goes trying to help his father and while there why not eliminate a Bat sibling or two?

Meanwhile, Batman before and after said event above is advised by Alfred to maintain his
Dan Schwent
May 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, cool-covers
In the middle of a story involving man-bat ninjas, among other things, Ra's Al Ghul's daughter dumps a ten year old brat off at the Batcave, saying he's Batman's son. Damian, raised by the League of Assassins, shakes things up immediately and raises the ire of Robin. Who will emerge as Batman's heir?

I swore I reviewed this when I read it but apparently I didn't. Morrison picks up a plot thread left over from the twenty year old Son of the Demon story and runs with it. Damian, Batman's alleged of
Grant Morrison's epic run on Batman has ended with Batman Incorporated ; so what better time to start the series than with the book that kicked it all off: Batman and Son.

Batman discovers he has a son - Damian - following a druggy one-night stand years ago with Talia Al-Ghul who stole his DNA and combined it with hers to grow Damian in a lab. Jezebel Jet is introduced as Bruce's love interest, Joker pops up for his usual Joker shenanigans, and the book ends with a grown-up Damian in the f
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I expect any story written by Morrison to be dark, and this is one lived up to my expectations. Good stuff.
I'm not giving it five stars because I absolutely hated the chapters in the middle of the book. It always annoys me when I pick up a graphic novel only to discover that the writer has decided, at some point in the story, to leave out the graphic part. Sorry, it's just a personal peeve of mine.
Gianfranco Mancini

Kubert's artworks were just great and loved how Morrison took back into Dark Knight's continuity the Son of the Demon storyline, but sometimes I just can't follow Morrison's writing, the Clown at Midnight prose story was ultra-boring for me, everybody seemed acting out of character for me (can't imagine Alfred reading Artemis Fowl, Bruce almost killing paparazzi throwing them off the sky, and Talia not calling him beloved), and totally missed the point of the final story with Damian future soull
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc, comics
Part of the joy in reading Grant Morrison's comics is the suspense in teetering on the line between genius and incomprehensible. This book logically follows up a very old, out of continuity story in which Batman has an affair with Ra's al Ghul's daughter Talia. Now, she had a prepubescent son with all the skill and drive of both his parents. Batman begrudgingly takes on his new ward/son, who instantaneously cramps his style.
All of this is a great story, but, much like his run on New X-Men, it ru
Nov 17, 2007 rated it liked it
REREAD: I'm rereading because every so often I realize that I never fully understood this insane series. Detailed, not really-a-review-spoilers follow.

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Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only the most hardcore Batman fans
I have read twenty-something Batman graphic novels, and this is easily the least accessible of the entire lot. My inner monologue while reading was something like this:

Wait, the Joker just killed Batman on the first page? That is... oh wait, he isn't dead... Huh, Batman just shot the Joker in the face with a handgun. But he doesn't use... Wait, he isn't the real Batman? Weird... Okay, we are moving on from the cold open, let's see if we can follow it better from here... Okay, Bruce Wayne is leav
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I'm just lately diving deeply into the Batman comics, although I read them a long time ago, and I am a big fan of him as an iconic figure. To my surprise, I found out late last year that he had an actual son. Luckily, my library has a few of these books about Batman and his son, and this is one of them.

When Damian shows up, he's a fait accompli, and Batman has to deal with the pathology the boy has due to be raised to be an emotionless killer who believes he's destined to rule the world by Tali
Sam Quixote
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Grant Morrison's epic 7-year run on Batman ended last month with the brilliant Batman Incorporated #13, so what better time to revisit the book that kicked it all off: Batman and Son?

Batman discovers he has a son - Damian - following a druggy one-night stand years ago with Talia Al-Ghul who stole his DNA and combined it with hers to grow Damian in a lab. Jezebel Jet is introduced as Bruce's love interest, Joker pops up for his usual Joker shenanigans, and the book ends with a grown-up Damian in
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Batman and Son worked best when it was showing exactly what the title promises - Talia thrusts Damian into Bruce Wayne's life and it's like the proverbial pebble thrown into a pond. That, plus Batman concurrently working some investigations, was more than 80% of the content and it was really good. Less successful were the negligible short story text in the middle of the book, 'The Clown at Midnight,' and the final chapter 'Bethlehem,' which flash forwards several years to portray Damian now as B ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, dc, comics
Somewhat confusing but good.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016, dc, batfam, preboot
This rating is in spite of Damian. I love Damian. This rating is not his fault.

Okay, so this book annoyed me so much that I had to review it. When I initially picked up Batman and Son, I actually thought I was going to like it. It got pretty good reviews, and despite everything, I kinda love Damian. Even though I knew going into it that Damian was going to be acting like a piece of hell-spawn, I was still curious to see his introduction and learn about his relationship to Batman. But despite tha
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Merry Christmas everyone!

On to the book, all I have to say is its amazing! Morrison is always like I say, a 50/50 writer, it depends on the comic he writes, I have hated some of his work, and others I have liked, but this one I loved! So the story is basically Batman meeting Damain for the first time, and as always I don't like this brat one bit, but luckily he's not the main focus! This story was overall just a really really good batman story, the dialogue is interesting, hell even the bits wit
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bruce, Bruce, Bruce ya done messed up son!

The creeper is back and by that i mean talia and she wants that child support, for her ninja kid who makes jason todd tame in comparison with his levels of angst.
Some hate damian and i get that he is a giant brat and when he had a go at alfred i had to take a five, because no one touches alfed ya lil shit. But he's entertaining his squabbling with tim is funny, and you can't blame him for being a bit of a shit bag i mean his mother is the worst and his
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
The most important part of this collection is right there in the title: Batman has a son, his name is Damian, and he's a jerk. Can't stand that kid. The plotline starts out over the top and never really settles down. There's an army of ninja man-bats. I have no idea why Morrison made the last chapter an alternate future tale with Damian as Batman, but it definitely threw me off.

I wonder: in five years or so, when DC does yet another reality shift, will Damian survive or will he be negated?
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't know how to take this book. The characters are far fetched, and the addition of the "son" character smacks of old comic book switcheroo before the day is done. ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Over the last few years I've been slowly piecing together Morrison's Batman run entirely out of order, which is probably not the ideal way of reading it. This first collection introduces the character of Damian, as well as the themes of identity and mythology that will shoot through the rest of Morrison's run. But mostly it's just a witty action comic, with overly-slick-but-undeniably-impressive art by Andy Kubert. There's lots of (intentionally) funny dialog and a plethora of visual jokes, part ...more
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The first half of this was entertaining and had some iconic scenes. I picked this up to get more clarity on Damian’s introduction, but this was really only scratching the surface. It left so much to be desired, and that’s probably because only the first half was truly the “Batman and Son” story. There was an interlude about the Joker that I skimmed; written in prose? And then I couldn’t even begin to describe the plot of the remaining issues here; stuff just kind of... happens. And then the fina ...more
Terrible. I thought this book was all over the place. I kept thinking am I missing something? Anyway the movie version is hella better.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Let's try this again.

So, I tried reading this over a year ago and couldn't get through the Batsy story that had nothing to do with Damian. Because he's the whole reason I picked this book up in the first place. I ended up selling the trade to Half Price because a year passed, I was still at 43% and I wasn't all that keen to pick this up again. So, this time, I skimmed the part that wasn't Damian centric: just being perfectly honest here.

Damian is why I read this book. I wanted to see where he st
Casey Taylor
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2018
Finally, a Grant Morrison Batman story worth the time. And Andy Kubert is always good.
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it

Unless you haven't followed any Batman comics for the past 6 years, you must have heard about Grant Morrison's controversial saga of the Dark Knight. It officially begins with this book, collecting the first 8 issues of the writer's run in the Batman monthly title. While certainly less well-known than the infamous "Batman R.I.P.", it is an essential read if you want to have a prayer understanding the afore-mentioned novel.

The events take place shortly after the "Face the Face
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
Batman and Son (655-658). Once upon a time, Mike Barr wrote a graphic novel called Son of the Demon, which imagined Bruce consummating his long-term relationship with Talia al Ghul, resulting in a son that Talia claimed miscarried. It was immediately decreed non-canon, but twenty years later, Grant Morrison reversed that, with the result being: "Batman and Son". At the time, the idea of Bruce having a son was phenomenal, especially such a sociopathic one. (Damian has certainly mellowed in more m ...more
William Thomas
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although I would have liked it if Batman had never, ever had a son, this is as good as that kind of story line can get. Batman gets a little assassin trained brat dropped off at his doorstep, while one of my favorite villains, Talia al Ghul, runs amok in the UK. Even with the kind of bomb that gets dropped in this arc with the kid, it's not all that memorable. Morrison was looking tithe future story of the Black Glove when he wrote this, I'm sure, as the pace is erratic, but overall a solid book ...more
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Morrison's writing when he's *on*. He has a turn for the sinister that compels me to smirk when social convention demands I scowl. This Batman is far too fun and off-balance not to enjoy every last word. And the interlude story - pages of text, dripping with phrases that sparkle in the black light - is rich with different voices, shadowy images and sickly suggestions.

What I find fascinating is how much Morrison drives love-it-or-hate-it opinions. Personally I have to wonder if the bad rev
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book has the appearance of Damian Wayne, son of Bruce and Talia Al Ghul, when she leaves him in Batman's care. There is also an extremely important development with the Batman/Joker relationship that takes place in this book. Also interesting to see the reaction of Alfred/Tim and others to Damian, along with the beginning of the relationship between Batman and his son. A very good read with lots of important details for upcoming story lines. ...more
Grant Morrison's first foray into the world of the caped crusader is a very enjoyable, fast-paced dramatic tour-de-force that introduces the intriguing and controversial Damian Wayne.
The first interactions between Batman and his son kind of reminded me of every-reality-show-about-tweens-and-teens-ever, but the overall chemistry between the two was very interesting and could have been exploited a little longer. The abrupt ending does not alter the great quality of Morrison's storytelling.
Jesse A
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very cool, mostly coherent beginning to Morrison's Batman run. 3.5 stars rounded up. ...more
I like the general idea of Batman having an actual son. That he has Damian with Talia Al Ghul is one of the things I dislike, because I'm kind of getting bugged with Ra's Al Ghul and his Lazarus pits. Anyway, I love Morrison, but maybe because I was reading this at night, when I was already sleepy, but it didn't make a lick of sense to me issue to issue.

There is some weirdness to start with, a cop dressed as Batman tries to kill Joker as he's doing something vile. Then totally out of character,
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