Batman Incorporated #1

Batman Incorporated #1

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 23, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 5
8.3Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

BATMAN, INCORPORATED makes its NEW 52 debut with an all-new first issue! The series hits the ground running as BATMAN and ROBIN face off against the assassin GOATBOY! LEVIATHAN'S sinister mission revealed!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 23, 2012

    Bravo to Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham for giving me a second Batman title I can love each month. There's no playing around here. This comic will blow you away. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 23, 2012

    Of course, nothing hinges on how this book does or doesn't fit into the overall line. Is it fun? Absolutely. Is it great? I'd go so far as to say yes. "Batman Incorporated" #1 reminds me of how exciting it was to read "Batman and Robin" #1 by Morrison and Quitely a few years ago. This is just as promising. I can't wait to see what happens next. If you're a fan of Batman -- or just good superhero comics in general -- you need to read "Batman Incorporated " #1. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Examiner - Anthony Schultz May 26, 2012

    Morrison's script is fantastically written! It was humorous, poignant, and continues upon the excellent groundwork that Morrison laid down in the prior volume. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Jun 6, 2012

    I have been enjoying Scott Snyder's work on Batman, but I've been eagerly anticipating this book ever since the New 52 began. This is an absolutely perfect book, incredibly well-written and with fantastic art. Easy five out of five stars from me, and if you didn't pick this up already you certainly should do so. Morrison and Burnham are the best writer/artist pair in comics right now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers May 23, 2012

    This was truly a great issue, and I'm so glad to have this book back. I have nothing bad to say about it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer May 26, 2012

    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 Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 29, 2012

    Pick of the week? Hell, this could be pick of the year! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 24, 2012

    At a time when Bat-titles are hiking up to $3.99 and everything this month is a one-shot fight against Owls, “Batman Incorporated” is a breath of fresh air. I don't see a reason for any Batman fan to miss this issue. Give it a shot and I think you'll be back again next month to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore May 24, 2012

    I still have a few questions about the logic behind this series, and worry that it not being solicited as a 12-issue maxi-series, as intended, doesn't mean that Morrison is going to try and continue his saga, but rather that another writer is going to come in and take the reigns from him. And while I'm sure there are plenty of writers who could do a good job on "Batman Incorporated," it feels like this should be Morrison's tale to end as he pleases. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 23, 2012

    This story is not the most straightforward thing on the stands today " even diehard Batman Incorporated readers may need a second or third pass to take it all in " but because it looks so good and has so much energy, it's tough to begrudge this book. While Morrison and Burnham may very well prove this cliffhanger to be a fake-out, I'm definitely ready to reinvest with this team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 23, 2012

    Chris Burnham is no stranger to Morrison's Batman run, but this series finally marks the point where Burnham takes full control of the book's visual direction. Burnham hits the ground running in this issue. The similarities to the opening arc of Batman and Robin are as much due to Burnham's pencils as they are to Morrison's writing style. There's a similarly frenetic approach to depicting action and movement. Burnham frequently experiments with layouts and panel construction. These experiments don't always work as well as intended (the page with shots of Batman and Robin projected on the sides of buildings is pretty wonky), but the sheer amount of energy on every page can't be denied. Burnham proves right away he has the creativity, the flair for action, and the dramatic storytelling hops to do justice to Morrison's final Batman adventure. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran May 24, 2012

    This book pops from panel one and never lets up. Alas, if you're expecting any kind of connection to the current DC universe, look somewhere else. It's that disconnect from every other title that stops this from being a perfect comic " that is, unless you only care for Grant's take on Gotham. If that's the case, though, you've got perfection in your hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin May 26, 2012

    Grant Morrison is back in a big way. His Batman story picks up right from where it left off, and it hasn't lost any momentum from the reboot or the time away. If anything, I'd say it's somehow gained momentum,a s things are moving fast and furious. It's good to have Morrison back on a monthly Batman title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen May 29, 2012

    If this first issue is any indicator, we're all in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff May 24, 2012

    Anyway, this issue was just about pitch perfect for me, not only as a Batman fan, not just as a Morrison fan, but as a fan of comics in general. Plus, it provides something different for Batman in the New 52 than what we've had for the past nine months. As opposed to Scott Snyder's dark detective series, this book gives us the super spy Batman that we've been missing. I certainly look forward to seeing where Morrison takes us with this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs May 28, 2012

    While there is still a lot to clear up about what is and what isn't canon in the New 52, particularly regarding the Batman universe, Morrison clearly alludes to certain events from the previous continuity still having taken place. which might be sort of confusing to some. As for Chris Burnham's pencils, he does a masterful job at capturing the wacky world of Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated, as well as depicting everything with great detail. At times, I almost mistook Burnham's pencils for Frank Quitely's. This isn't necessarily a criticism, because I happen to like Quitely's work. It's just an observation. All in all, a fine first issue. I give it a solid 9/10 Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outer Realm Comics - Kate Fatale May 24, 2012

    It still doesn't grab me, though. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 24, 2012

    It's very hard to pin down the appeal of this series, but I'd wager it has much to do with the anything-can-happen energy you get from the script and art. Morrison hasn't lost a beat in the long hiatus; Batman Inc. is quite as entertaining as it was before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicville - Chris Blackwell Jun 9, 2012

    I very much enjoyed this issue, and I think if you are a Batman fan ofany kind, you have to give this series a chance. The conclusion to the issue really left openseveralpossibilities of where this series might take us, and how it could effect the Batman universe overall. It will be interesting to see if Grant Morrison sticks to the same Batman story lines that the new 52 have brought us, or if he deviates entirely. I myself can't wait for the next issue to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 24, 2012

    The final pages are dedicated to the assassin who's been hunting Damien the entire issue. He's been brought in by the mysterious Leviathan and made to explain how he shot Batman and killed Robin! And that's where the issue ends! It's a very satisfying cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 24, 2012

    This issue ends on a solid cliffhanger, so I'll be back to see this opening story arc through - but if the stories continue to be this lurid, I won't be sticking around past that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q May 29, 2012

    There's something beautiful here, something graceful, like that girl who when I was younger installed in me the desire to learn to smoke, because when she smoked in the rain, her cigarettes would hiss in the most elegant of ways. Something painfully human to be found in these pages. But nothing can really equal that moment Grant tackles directly the notion of the Ferryman's Dilemma. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Addicts - Anant Sagar May 28, 2012

    Ok so the story is interesting. Gripping and full of action, violence and blood. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 23, 2012

    In and of itself, this is a fun comic book. It boasts some incredibly dark moments, some unexpected humor and some well-co-ordinated action sequences. Morrison's script strives to incorporate and acknowledge the broader tapestry of recent Batman continuity without getting bogged down in it. But ultimately, the greatest strength of Batman Incorporated is its biggest liability as well: Morrison's ambitious effort to tell a Batman epic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 26, 2012

    Other than this hiccup, Batman, Inc. seems to be back on track. As I wrote about the latest issue of Action Comics, it seems more and more like Morrison is detaching himself from DC's editorial mandates and corporate policies, trying to find his own path and stick to it while ignoring any attempt to fit in. The ship may be sinking all around him, but Morrison's band plays on. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson May 23, 2012

    The art from Chris Burnham is a pretty crappy attempt at being Frank Quitely. Batman is drawn like a bad caricature of himself, almost like somebody used a cheap action figure as the basis. Robin looks like a Campbell’s Soup kid and overall the art is just lacking. If you want to know how ridiculously bad Batman Incorporated is, just flip to the panel where Robin introduces Batcow. You can’t make this crap up folks. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Emmanuel Malchiodi May 29, 2012

    In this introductory issue Batman and Robin end up fighting Leviathan, like in the previous incarnation of Batman Incorporated, but also an assassin trying to kill Robin. While Morrison tries including some existential explorations of murder and fatherhood he does it haphazardly, not really allowing the reader to feel anything for the sharpshooting antagonist hunting down the Boy Wonder. Really, all the characters in Batman Incorporated feel a bit flat and the situations Morrison creates are nothing special. Maybe it is because the exceptional Batman titles released in the past, including Morrisons incredible Arkham Asylum graphic novel from 1989, have raised the bar and anything not of the same caliber falls short. Whatever the reason, avoid Batman Incorporated, save your money for a more worthy title and continually wonder, like I do, whether Morrison has lost his touch. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 30, 2012

    So, let me get this straight, we get crappy redesigns for Deadshot and Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, Catman and the rest of the Secret Six are still in limbo, but Halo and Morrison's fetish creations get to run free in the New 52. Fuck you for this DC. This issue, which is in the running for the worst Batman comic I've ever read, is the kind of shit that makes me want to stop reading comics all together. Pass. Read Full Review

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