Batman Incorporated #2

Batman Incorporated #2

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 27, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 6
8.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

This is the story of a man and a woman fighting over the heart and soul of their child. Unfortunately for the world, the man is BATMAN, the woman is TALIA AL GHUL, and the child is DAMIAN.

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jun 28, 2012

    At any rate, it's nice to see that some of DC's original history is intact, as there is nothing to really contradict Batman's first meeting with R'as, which is a classic moment in Batman history. Certain famous key scenes are even shown in flashback. Grant Morrison's reverence for DC's characters is certainly infectious and much-appreciated.As for Chris Burnham's art, he's coming more into his own, particularly with this issue. At first, I dismissed him as sort of a Frank Quitely ghost artist, but this issue allowed him to really go out into his own territory. Like Quitely, his style meshes quite well with the type of stories Morrison likes to tell. This was a very refreshing issue to read and sets up some intriguing story possibilities for fans of young Damian Wayne. I give it a globe-trotting 10/10! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Jun 29, 2012

    Overall this was a fun book with a lot of quirks and intricacies which makes it all the more appealing to read. Also Morrison's take on Talia Al Ghul is something that should really make her a character to watch out for in the next few issues. Perhaps, Grant's building towards a scenario where Ras finally succumbs and she takes over completely. Scratch that, it already happened a few years back, Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Jul 7, 2012

    Grant Morrison writes one giant flashback throughout the story. He gives the reader a definitive version of whom and what Talia was, and how it all defined her up to the current day. Along with her relationship with Ras, Morrison remains one of the best writers of the Batman mythos ever. With his partner in crime Chris Burnham, things couldnt be better. Burnham is giving us the best work of his career, and defines every character with nicely-detailed art. Hopefully, Morrison keeps the surprises in store Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jun 27, 2012

    This shaping up to be a far better run than the previous volume of "Batman Inc." and this issue in particular is the definitive Talia Al Ghul story. Whenever people ask about Talia Al Ghul, this will be the book everyone points to for answers about her origin and her greatest triumphs. It's beautifully drawn, references classic Batman and Ra's Al Ghul tales of the past, and Morrison does a superb job of catching new readers up on what Talia and Leviathan have been up to for the past 6 years of comics in 20 highly entertaining pages. Read Full Review

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

    This issue gives small hints towards what Talia's endgame may be, and expands on much of what's happened before, but I think where Morrison truly succeeds in this issue is in delivering us an entire issue of backstory that's still very entertaining. Morrison captures the super-spy side of Batman that's been lost for a while, and it really does feel like we're reading a modernized Silver-Age tale of Batman here which is a great way to differentiate this title from the other four titles that have Bruce Wayne in the starring role. In short, it's a damn good read as Morrison once again knocks it out of the park. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 2, 2012

    This one was razor close to being my pick of the week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jun 27, 2012

    Chris Burnham's artwork is topnotch, as usual. In the last issue, he delivered panel after panel of action. Here, the action happens between the panels. We get the moments before and the scene after. It works brilliantly, and fits the narrative structure of this issue like a glove. Of course, Burnham's biggest strength has always been his character work, and that is in full display within these pages. When Talia give's a raised eyebrow and sly smirk to a would be kidnapper, he asks if she is trying to hypnotize him. Looking at Burnham's beautifully rendered panel, it's a pretty fair question. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 2, 2012

    One of the most effective and thorough character pieces I've seen of a person who's been a bit poorly defined up till now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 28, 2012

    I've been getting my Batman fix from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's work on "Batman" with an occasional serving of "Batman & Robin" from Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. With this sampling of "Batman, Incorporated," however, I find that I just might be in the market for yet another Bat-title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Jun 28, 2012

    Engaging and robust, Batman Incorporated #2 is an exquisitely paced, satisfying chapter in Morrison's Batman manifesto. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 29, 2012

    What is amazing about this issue is that in rapid-fire panels, jumping through various points in Bat-history that Morrison has covered elsewhere, he manages to get to the heart of what makes Talia a compelling villain, love interest and here, an empathetic character as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jun 27, 2012

    So, with the preview, you sort of expected an origin type issue, which is fine, but to have an issue like this so early in the game, it really felt kind of odd... Given the ending of #1, that's what I really want to see what the fuck is happening with, being that it was so crazy... this almost felt as if it should have been the #0 issue instead... Regardless, what we did get was pretty awesome. I was wondering how Ra's may factor into this story, judging by the fact Morrison has admitted he's not a huge fan of Ra's, and we got that answer, he doesn't. This is because, Talia is a bad ass, and the new shit, Ra's is the old shit, haha. Chris Burnham's art is perfect, as always, showing a wide amount of variety in his characters and the emotions on their face, while planting small little details throughout. At the end of the day, the only bad thing I can say, is the far that it felt like an intermission, and din't necessarily push the momentum forward to a great extent. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 27, 2012

    Grant Morrison continues to show us how he weaves the web of a story for Batman, Damian and Talia. By showing us more on Talia, even if there weren't many shocking/revealing moments, it made me love the character even more than before. Grant must keep all his past work in a handy nearby location as he always goes back and makes sure events that take place now can be traced back. The fact that we see when Talia actually gets her own 'secret headquarters under London' (as mentioned in BATMAN #656) was spectacular. It might be a little difficult trying to fit this series in with all the other titles (in terms of current continuity) but when the stories are this good and entertaining, it doesn't matter. This series and Snyder's BATMAN continue to deliver month after month. Readers often question what Morrison is doing but all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Jul 2, 2012

    "Underestimating me is a common and fatal error." No kidding. Batman Incorporated #2 is a rock-solid primer on all things Talia and an exciting setup for what surely will be an epic family reunion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicville - Chris Blackwell Jul 3, 2012

    I don't quite understand exactly what Morrison is doing with this series yet. I really enjoyed issue one, but felt a little disconnected with this issue. The coles notes version of a back story didn't help matters, but the constant action and solid artwork, held the entertainment value for me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jun 29, 2012

    As a competent Batman story incorporating multiple elements from the Caped Crusader's past, Batman Incorporated is doing a fantastic job building up to a greater goal, but as a title aimed at making comic books easier to pick up for new readers, it fails. Giving character history isn't a crime, but doing so in the second issue of an already complex series isn't the right way to go about it. Granted, this issue as a history lesson does give readers some context as to who exactly Damian Wayne is, but I really feel like changing the tone and focus of the series so soon after beginning the series will throw new readers off before they're willing to take the time to commit a rather obscure character's history to their comic knowledge. Read Full Review

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