Sunday, October 28, 2012

Batman Inc #4

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Chris Burnham

After focusing on Damian, Talia, and Matches Malone, the fourth issue of Batman Inc. lives up to its premise by deploying a large platoon of the heroic organization against the might of the League of Assassins. Crusader and Gaucho's ongoing feud using the Falkland Islands conflict of the 80's as an excuse is hilarious, but at the same time, makes me wonder how many of the things I don't understand in the writing -which are a lot- would be clear if I had a Ph.D. in something or other. As impressive as Batman's army is, Leviathan's takeover of Gotham, and the many minions she has all over, makes her a formidable enemy; a bit too similar to the Court of Owls, actually. That, and several other themes in the title either make it redundant (we already have Batman and Robin) or place it outside continuity; this latter argument gains more weight with the developments involving Wingman and Redbird.

By the way, congrats to writer Grant Morrison for his recent induction into the British Empire for his services to film and literature.

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