Batman Annual: 2022

Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: John Timms Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 1, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 21
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Following the events of the Abyss story arc, Batman has now tasked Ghost-Maker to finance and lead Batman Inc.! First order of business for the new management? Clean up a huge mess Luthor created in Chechnya...but is this new group ready to face fearsome new threat the Gray Wolf? And prepare yourself for the evolution of Clownhunter!

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 31, 2022

    Batman Inc. was a cool concept many years ago and this annual makes the case that this incarnation could prove to be one of DC's more engaging team books very quickly. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Ariel B. May 31, 2022

    It's fun, it's exciting and it's excellent at setting the stage for what's to come. If youve been wondering just how Ghost-Maker became the leader of Batman Incorporated and what made them trust and follow him this is the story youve been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne May 31, 2022

    Batman Annual 2022 is a great issue that broadens the scope of the Batman comic book universe. The new Batman Inc. lineup's now deserving of its own title, coming this Fall. If Bruce Wayne never appears in it, I don't think it will really matter, such is the strength of this cast of characters. The team is in place, the group is strong, the balance of humour and action is finely balanced and we are ready for it. It cannot come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally May 31, 2022

    Timms delivers some awesome art on every page of the issue. The action is visually thrilling and the characters look great both in action and with each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 31, 2022

    Overall, this issue nicely builds off what Brisson has been building, and I trust Ghost-Maker and Clownhunter in his hands in particular. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 31, 2022

    Batman 2022 Annual #1 makes a case for a Batman Inc. series as there are many colorful and interesting characters to man the team as well as Ghost-Maker who is largely a mystery. This issue is worth picking up if you want to get a few underused Batman characters into your comics reading diet, but don't expect a trim story as it's a bit bloated and slow. Much like a fat vitamin pill though, once it goes down its good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William J. Jackson May 31, 2022

    Batman 2022 Annual #1 is a fun roller coaster that shows heroes adapting to change but still managing to make a difference. It's well worth your time, and we need more Batman, Inc. in the lineup. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu May 31, 2022

    BATMAN ANNUAL: 2022 #1 showed a re-formation of a BATMAN INC. that lacks strength, intelligence, and direction. It promotes two, if not three, brand new characters that were just created that are somehow better than BATMAN INC. in almost every way, which undermines the history of these characters and makes BATMAN INC. almost like throwaway extras to merely sucker readers into a Ghost-Maker comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn May 31, 2022

    Batman 2022 Annual #1 is cut from a different cloth, serving as more of a lead-in to an upcoming Batman Incorporated series than as a one-shot narrative about Batman. In fact, there's very little Batman to be found here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 31, 2022

    Batman 2022 Annual #1 (I'm not too fond of how these are titled) is a backdoor pilot for the upcoming Batman Inc. series, so whether you are excited about that may sway your opinion. I was lukewarm going in and left feeling much the same. The art in this book is fantastic, but Ed Brisson struggles a bit with characterization... when he tries to give the reader any. Most of the book gets tied up in a boring mission that seems to miss the mark of what this book should be doing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 1, 2022

    There's certainly potential to be found in this prologue for a rebooted Batman Inc., but it's unclear whether there's depth to be explored beneath the plot-reliant twists of this annual. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph May 31, 2022

    This could have been a fun one-shot adventure, but Ghost-Maker ruins everything. The writing can be dry and boring, or it can be incredibly frustrating whenever Ghost-Maker opens his mouth. The art is solid on all fronts, but sometimes a bit too busy. Long story short, I don't recommend this issue and I still don't like Ghost-Maker. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Stormwrath May 31, 2022

    Great art by John Timms and mixed writing from Ed Brisson, his voice for Ghost Maker is great and the plot for this annual is fun, but sometimes the dialogue is not so great and really expositive. Gray Wolf is a nice brute character with a fun design, now we wait for Brisson's Deathstroke and Batman Inc. montly title

  • 7.5
    Afre May 31, 2022

    You know what? This wasn't that bad. Ghost-Maker has been growing on me lately and I might even start reading this new series too.

  • 6.5
    Simargl May 31, 2022

    I like how Brisson writes Ghost-maker & Clownhunter, but all the other Batmen are one note bummers. Hope Brisson will give them more stuff to do in Batman Inc. series. Story wasn't worthy of 40 pages, the amount of exposition really drags it down. Not a fan of Timms art but it's not terrible, just bland. Grey Wolf seems like a fun new Batman, so I'm still mostly hyped about Batman Inc. but this annual could be better.

  • 6.0

    Crazy how much I'm not excited for anything this sets up.

  • 5.5
    UxasIs Jun 15, 2022

    Painfully average, I really hope Brisson isn't attached to the upcoming batman incorporated series

  • 4.0
    myconius Jun 10, 2022

    It seems that Ed Brisson has done a bit more research to the Club of Heroes/Batman Incorporated characters than Joshua Williamson had. But Batman putting Ghost Maker in charge of Batman Inc just feels wrong. It's extremely contrived, and heavy-handed writing. I'm not sure who at DC felt this was a good idea? but it just doesn't work.

    John Timms art is great. Some great action drawn.
    This story however, just did not grab me.

  • 1.0
    Bats20832 Jun 1, 2022

    Here is the problem with the Batman, Inc. storyline: Ghost-Maker is a killer. Batman Issue #109, page 10 (June 2021)- quoting from Ghost-Maker himself: "I was eight years old when a psychologist put a name to what make me different. I am a Psychopath. I do not feel empathy or fear."

    So you can't train crime fighters (as per the Batman, Inc. characters) not to kill and then have managed by a killer.

    It would be no different if they were run by killer Harley Quinn, killer Deathstroke, etc.

    It is an obvious conflict with the characters, the point of the characters, and the story and values of the Batman.killer characters by DC Comics is a plan to move away from hero comics and only be in the sci-fi and horro more

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