Batman Incorporated #5

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 28, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 15
8.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

War in the skies of Gotham City! Bat-robots versus Talias Man-Bat armies! Leviathan and The Heretic increase the hostilities to a whole new level!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 28, 2012

    BATMAN #666 remains a favorite issue among many Bat-fans. After the portion in BATMAN #700, it felt as if we wouln't be seeing more of this possible future again, especially with the New 52 starting up. Thankfully Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham take us on a trip back to that hellish world. It almost feels a little out of place in the middle of the Leviathan story but the fact that we get this story is not a reason to complain. It makes some sense to see it here but how great would it be to get a full miniseries set in this time period? Burnham's art and Fairbairn's colors make a good story even greater. Will this issue change the status or future for Batman and Batman Incorporated? With Grant Morrison writing, who knows. But really who cares because I want to see more of this future world. We owe Grant, Chris and everyone involved some big thanks for this fun trip. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 28, 2012

    God, I love this setting. The #666 stuff is just fantastic, I always wanted it to be expanded upon for years now, so this was a godsend. Everything is just so god damn crazy, drenched in metaphor, and paying off in spades for those who have followed this story from the beginning. While I think that original issue by Andy Kubert is pretty untouchable in it's aesthetic, Burnham really made the setting all his own with his gritty, down right dirty style to this dystopian future. The violence, the blood, the gore... man it's all just great. Not Officer Downe great, but hey... they're are limits for what DC will allow. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 29, 2012

    It's easy to say that it's a "What if" story and for the bulk of the comic nothing will really matter, but that's a very pessimistic way to approach it. If you let go and have fun with the chaos that occurs in a Gotham that is truly lost without the real Batman, Bruce Wayne, then I think you're going to absolutely love this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 29, 2012

    This is an enormously powerful single issue, easily the best of the week. Do not miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Justin Barnes Dec 1, 2012

    There are questions answered Batman Inc. #5, but at the same time builds more and more anticipation of what's going to come next. Batman Inc. has become my favourite Batman comic out right now. Morrison and Burnham really delivered this month; I can only see this series getting better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Nov 28, 2012

    Batman Inc. #5 delivers the goods, hands down, period. You get it all here, great art, great story telling and a great cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next issue now, which means Morrison and Burnham are on top of their game here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Nov 30, 2012

    Batman Inc #5. BUY IT. This is definitely one of the best issues of Morrison's Bat-Saga. Even if you don't read, BUY IT. It will read fine as a single issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Nov 29, 2012

    This isn't the Bat-book for everyone, but I think that, for those it IS meant for, it's succeeding in every way. I've feared Morrison's run might end on a whimper rather than a bang, but if the way things are going so far are any indication, I should have no worries about that happening Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Nov 29, 2012

    Grant Morrison's grand Batman tale may seem to be coming to a conclusion, but it's building up steam as it gets there. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Nov 28, 2012

    As cool as the glimpse into a possible dark future is, the real hook of this book is the cliff hanger. The ending of this book is devastating. Say it ain't so, Morrison. Say it's all a clever ruse, that you are merely pulling our collective chain. So far, Batman Incorporated has pulled the rug out from under us more than once, so let's just hope that this one is another misdirect. Either way, Morrison is at least bring his Batman yarn to a close in epic fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 30, 2012

    A fascinating interlude, but also somewhat contrived and beside the point. As Damian astutely points out, "Nobody knows the future," not even Batman. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Dec 3, 2012

    Now that these glimpses of Gotham's bleak, apocalyptic future are being given some context, though, they have started to lose a bit of their luster. Sure, the story about a rampaging Joker virus and the US government's final nuclear option is as casually gleeful as a Morrison book ever is, but some of the air starts to come out of the balloon once it all starts to get a (rather weak) explanation. On their own, these random, unexpected look-ins to the adventures of Damian-Bats are still pretty fun, but tied down to the larger context of Morrison's comprehensive Bat-narrative, they don't feel quite so special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wombat Nov 29, 2012

    It's still one of my must-reads this month, and will be until it ends in issue #12. Morrison has done more for the Batman franchise than anyone else since Chuck Dixon, or maybe even Adams and O'Neil, as far as revitalizing it, making it personal, and turning it into something larger than life after long years of Bat-boredom. His work paved the way for the wonders Scott Snyder is currently doing on the main Batman title, and stirred the whimsical sweetness of Silver Age comics back into the bitter flavor of the modern-day—some would say Dark Age—costumed crimefighter. This is Morrison's final Batman epic, and I cannot wait to see the Ragnarok of this breathtaking and mystifying Batman mythology. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 1, 2012

    Look, this is a good comic, if you've been following along. And I'm sure it'll be even better if it's read all in one sitting. But as far as I'm concerned, Morrison has lost all of his momentum. Between delays and the whole New 52 shakeup, this series just doesn't matter much anymore. Especially not with Scott Snyder writing an even better Batman series elsewhere. Morrison's epic tale, which he's been writing for what feels like forever, just doesn't matter anymore. It's a relic that keeps lumbering along based on his reputation alone. Sometimes he has a good idea or a really fun scene, but as a whole, the Batman: Incorporated ship has sailed. But I suppose I'll keep reading to see if it goes anywhere interesting. Though threatening to just straight up kill all the cool Incorporated characters does not count as interesting. Spare us your tired comic book theatrics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 4, 2012

    Batman Incorporated #5 is as close to the old Morrison Batman we have had in the last year. By revisiting the world seen in Batman #666 we are able to see how it all fits into the greater story Morrison has been telling throughout his Batman run. With what Bruce has told Damian and the attack Leviathan launched that ended the issue these final issues of Morrisons Batman epic will have a lot of exciting moments. Hopefully these exciting moments come without the convoluted, headache inducing plot points. I doubt it since this is still Grant Morrison. Read Full Review

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