Batman Incorporated’s mysterious third issue arrived into stores this week. After the tragedy in Colorado, this issue was pushed back due to content proposing “revolution.” However with the tragedy behind us, comic readers can now bask in the return of the Bat-franchise’s best series to date.
Matches Malone goes undercover in this issue. He is seeking to learn more about the mysterious Leviathan. He meets with Goatboy, the assassin who kills Damian, and questions him. However as he begins to do some more sleuthing including meeting a mysterious woman singer named Lumina Lux, he is stopped by Batman. This intrusion causes Mr. Malone to have to retreat back.
Back at the Batcave, Bruce puts together connections between the events that have occurred throughout Morrison’s run and the greater plans Talia has. Batcow makes a return appearance, and has quite an important role to play actually. However, Bruce makes his way back to going out on patrol while the mysterious Redbird takes off to rescue a periled Batman from the clutches of Leviathan.
Grant Morrison continues to make this the best book on the shelves. From his characterizations of minor characters to his ability to move the book into different arena, he proves himself as the grand architect he is.
Chris Burnham really goes to town in this issue. From his scenes in a school to those in a late night club, the art jumps off the page. He is able to draw just about any character, and add lots of detail like former Morrison alum Quitely did. However, Burnham draws a fine line between too much detail and just the right amount (where critics have said Quitely uses too much).
Unfortunately, now I have to wait for another two months before I see the next issue…