Batman Incorporated #3

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 22, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 15
8.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The DC COMIC THE NEW 52 debut of...MATCHES MALONE?? BATMAN is hot on the trail of whoever is trying to kill DAMIAN and hes not going to like what he finds!

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jul 31, 2012

    It so isn't your standard Batman book. It has such a weird vibe to it, but it just works. We barely see Bruce in the batsuit, let alone the cowl (which he's actually never in) but as Matches Malone, he just gets the job done. Not many people can really pull of a Batman book with out Batman in it, but Morrison did with this Matches Malone issue. And Chris Burnham's art... man does it fit that weird vibe. Again, something (or someone in this case) who you wouldn't necessarily think of as "Batman," but for some ridiculously unexplainable reason, it works perfectly. Oh, and Damian is a badass, and BAT COW! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Aug 25, 2012

    Unfortunately, now I have to wait for another two months before I see the next issue Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Aug 11, 2012

    But the art is one of the best parts of the book. Chris Burnham deviates further from imitating Frank Quitely into his own art style. His figures are crisp and clean, and cartoony. It's just a delight to look at. And some of his facial expressions are just SPOT on to the point that they're laugh out loud funny. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Aug 5, 2012

    Overall, I love the book, it could do with some speedy pacing though. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 24, 2012

    For sheer entertainment alone, this issue ranks up there for one of Morrison's best issues in the last year. Read Full Review

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

    By the end of the issue, we've had 20 pages of pure detective work on Bruce's part (which is often absent from Batman comics), as well as an ending that puts both Bruce and Damian in rather interesting positions. If anything this makes it seem like Morrison's work is centered on having Damian himself evolve into a powerful and independent character, not just a sidekick and secondary character at Batman's side in his comics. It's an important evolution that every Robin has undergone throughout their own publication, so it's good to know Morrison plans to nurture Damian while he's stuck in the middle of this domestic war between mother and father for the life of their own son. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Justin Barnes Aug 26, 2012

    As I was reading, I first thought that this was the best Batman Inc. issue so far. But, then I realised that this is only the third issue of this series. The two-month delay was the only negative thing about this book. The reason why was understandable because there was a scene with a teacher pointing a gun at her students. And I understand how it wouldn't have been a good idea to release this issue too soon after the Colorado incident. But, I couldn't help think about how many other DC comics, Batman titles included that depicted the use of guns that have been released and didn't delayed. Overall, I give this issue a 9/10. Although Scott Snyder's Batman has been the most popular Batman comic thus far, this month Batman Inc. has become arguably the best Batman book out now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Aug 27, 2012

    Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham give us yet another great Batman book, which is pretty much par for the course at this point. I loved the use of Matches Malone, as it fit quite naturally with what's been going on story-wise and was really well done. The whole issue was a ton of fun, with lots of great little pieces that ended up making an even better whole. As a last comment, I totally dug Batcow's cameo appearance. I hope that she sticks around even longer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Aug 27, 2012

    If you're looking for the perfect mixture of narrative, dialogue and art, Batman Incorporated is your book. Morrison keeps the tone light for the majority of the issue, then slams the final few pages with palpable intensity. Of the books that benefitted since the New 52 reboot, Batman Incorporated is one of them. It's an eclectic mix of characters and canon written by one of comics' greats, and illustrated with impressive skill. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 22, 2012

    "Batman Incorporated" #3 was absolutely worth the wait. Morrison and Burnham work together like they've been doing this for years. Do they make this look easy? Why yes they do. "Batman Incorporated" #3 runs the risk of making everyone demand that their monthly comics are this good. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 22, 2012

    Even if you hate Morrison's story and, at times, stiff dialogue, you can enjoy the flawless work of Chris Burnham. This issue, like the two before, looks freaking great. Every page is finely detailed, every character wonderfully expressive, and every horror is truly ghastly. The overall zany quality of this book is perfectly captured by Burnham's art. There's teeth being kicked out of heads, deformed monsters of men, slick new costumes and plenty of other inspired insanities. It all looks good. If nothing else, this is a beautiful book. Seriously, no matter what the story or who the character, if Burnham is drawing, it's worth your hard earned pennies. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicville - Alan Smodic Aug 29, 2012

    Morrison's Batman Incorporated world is full of detail, matched by Chris Burnham‘s artwork, with each issue adding significant pieces to keep you turning the page. If you're a Batman fan, this series is a must-read, especially while Morrison is still pumping out the story lines for it. You won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 26, 2012

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed issue #3 but didn't find it quite as exciting as the previous two installments or as re-readable. That said, it's still the best Batman comic of the month! (And yes, I know we still have one more week left, but I'm willing to bet that nothing next week will top this) Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Kate Fatale Aug 25, 2012

    A simple cover is just what this issue needs. In keeping with the noir atmosphere Matches inherently inhabits, we see only the man himself, holding up his signature match as guns are pointed at his face. In the firelight, Matches' shadow is that of Batman. It's a clean, thoughtfully-colored image, and suits this installment of the story perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Outer Realm Comics - TTaylor Aug 25, 2012

    A simple cover is just what this issue needs. In keeping with the noir atmosphere Matches inherently inhabits, we see only the man himself, holding up his signature match as guns are pointed at his face. In the firelight, Matches' shadow is that of Batman. It's a clean, thoughtfully-colored image, and suits this installment of the story perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 27, 2012

    Was this book worth the wait? The answer is a resounding yes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 30, 2012

    Filled with the same offbeat humour that has characterised his work to date, and with wonderfully vivid art from Burnham, this also marks a turning point for Robin. Nightwing rather flippantly refers to him as "the new dead Robin", in front of Bruce no less, but that is what makes this book work. It also features, to our great delight, the return of BatCow, who seems to have been tended to by Alfred this whole time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Aug 23, 2012

    If you're a Grant Morrison fan, which I think I've made clear I am, you owe it to yourself to be reading this title. (Although chances are that you already are.) If you're not a Morrison fan, then let me invite you to just dip your toe. Come in for the art — Damien's scowl, Bruce's powder-blue eyes, the way that Batman's silhouette dances across Matches Mallone's shades. The patterns are everywhere, but don't be afraid if you don't see them just yet. Stay just a bit longer. Turn the page. The answers are there, just out of reach. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 22, 2012

    If youve been reading Grant Morrisons run on Batman since the beginning, you know how big this story is. Each issue offers clues to Leviathans endgame. Im most interested in seeing how Bruce plans on combating such a large, highly organized group with his small team of allies. Building up Bruces foes has been something Morrison has done before. Think how long Doctor Hurt was around and how deep his schemes went. I can only imagine what Talia has planned for the man who stole her son from her. Batman Incorporated is a massive, well built story that has been in the works for years. This latest issue serves to keep teasing, though Im sure with the position Matches was left in will make sure that we learn some big things next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 22, 2012

    We're one step closer to Grant Morrison's endgame for Batman and Batman Incorporated. After a slight break in the action in issue #2 and a delay imposed by DC, we're back to seeing the next step in Talia's plan of revenge against Batman and Damian. The world believes Robin is dead, unfortunately this something we really get to see. There's a slight feeling as if we missed an issue but the return of Bruce as Matches Malone along with the tiny details that Chris Burnham's art adds makes this an enjoyable reading experience. Plus, we get to see more Bat-Cow. BATMAN INCORPORATED feels like a ticking time bomb. You know an explosive conclusion is coming and you'll be bracing yourself for any explosions along the way. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Jason Bowles Aug 23, 2012

    All in all though, a solid issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Boren Aug 25, 2012

    To wrap it up, this issue is pretty decent, but not the quality a fan has come to expect. It won't blow you away, though hopefully that mindblow will come sometime in the next couple of months. If you are not a committed fan, New 52 “Batman Incorporated” might be something you wait to finish entirely and pick up in trade. Read Full Review

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