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It took DC awhile to give fans of Batman Incorporated the book again. Lucky enough for us, this past week, Grant Morrison returned to the Bat-universe.
The first issue starts in a not so distant future with Bruce Wayne declaring to Alfred he is giving up being Batman. He is standing near what appears to be his parents’ graves. Suddenly, the Gotham PD comes announcing that Wayne is under arrest. However, that is one month into the future.
We move back one month into the past where Bruce and Damian are back in action. They are taking down what appear to be Goatmen in usual Grant Morrison-Batman fashion. As Bruce and Damian take the gang down, we start to hear the words of Leviathan in the background. We also move to a lone sniper hired by Leviathan to take down Damian. He is responding to the bounty they placed on him in the one-shot in December. As Damian is interrogating one of the goatmen, the sniper with the goat-mask on shoots Damian. Luckily, Bruce saves him in time as they see the sniper. He escapes however as Bruce interrogates the head of the goatmen, and Damian declares one of the cows inside the slaughterhouse the goatmen are in Bat-Cow. The issue moves back to Leviathan where the group is meeting with different Gotham mobs. They are discussing who runs what. As one of the mob guys speaks out, two Man-Bats devour him as all declare their allegiance to Leviathan. Damian tries to wear his hood as Bruce tells him to take it off after Damian and Bruce catch up after what has transpired in Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne along with Batman and Robin. Next, we see The Hood, Batwing, and others at the Batcave West meeting for the Dead Heroes’ Club. It is a club where groups of heroes gather. Leviathan thinks they are all dead, and Wingman reveals himself to be the one in charge. As Bruce and Damian take down the Mutant gang, Goatboy, the assassin from before, tries again. Damian takes down the gang as Bruce sneaks up behind the assassin. Unfortunately, Bruce is shot, and Damian is……
This issue is nothing but awesomeness. Grant Morrison seems to be putting the focus of the narrative back on the main Bat family where his grand Bat epic began. Chris Burnham is just killing this issue. He is nothing but awesome. This is an intelligent and action-packed start to the series, and I cannot wait to see what resolves the cliffhanger……
Comics Should Be Good recently featured a series of Jonah Hex images inspired by the late, great Tony DeZuniga. Nick Perks drew this mash-up of Hex and John Carter, Warlord of Mars.
Jonah Hex owned by DC Comics. John Carter is a public domain character trademarked by ERB Inc.