Friday, July 1, 2011
Batman Incorporated # 7
Artist: Chris Burnham
Company: DC Comics
Say what you will about Grant Morrison. I know for a fact that a lot of people haven't cared for his run on Batman, that they feel that his version of the character doesn't work and the weirdness that he's known for just feels wrong in the superhero context. I can see that to some extent. Morrison does bring the strange and throughout his run he's had Batman lose his mind, kill a god, die, travel through time, save the world from total annihilation, and out Bruce Wayne as Batman's financier. I can see how some people might think that these things compromise a character who's essentially supposed to be the greatest detective and battle thugs and villains on the streets of Gotham. These are strange, very out there ideas, no doubt
about it, but they're something else too: They are exciting and ambitious ideas that get under your skin.
In the end, Batman Incorporated's crazy meshing of Silver Age and traditional super-heroics is an amazing thing. This is a stand alone issue, one that certainly has ties to the bigger picture, but anyone could jump into and not be overwhelmed. A great issue, perhaps the best one yet of this particular series.