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Batman & Son [Paperback]

Grant Morrison , Andy Kubert
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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22 Aug 2008
When his parents were murdered, billionaire Bruce Wayne vowed to dedicate his life to avenging them. Now he is Gotham City's greatest protector...he is the Batman.But Batman has spent so long avenging crime that he has lost sight of his life as Bruce Wayne. However, his initial plan, a trip to Europe, is cut short by the arrival of hundreds of ninja Man-Bats, not to mention old flame Talia, daughter of his nemesis Ra's Al Ghul...and a boy she claims is his son!Two of comics' most critically successful and best-selling creators - Grant Morrison ("The Invisibles", "We3") and Andy Kubert ("Ultimate X-Men") - join forces to kick off a weird and wonderful new era in the Dark Knight's career!

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (22 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845764307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845764302
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.8 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes 'Batman:Arkham Asylum', 'JLA', 'Seven Soldiers', 'Animal Man', 'Doom Patrol', 'The Invisibles' and 'The Filth'. He is currently writing 'Batman' and 'All-Star Superman'.

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"Terrificatlly exciting."--Variety --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman. Andy Kubert, son of comics master Joe Kubert, has long been one of comics' greatest young talents, with work including both X-Men and Ultimate X-Men, Adam Strange, Captain America, 1602 and much more!

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A proper comic! 10 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
What a pleasure to read a comic collection that isn't written like another mundane police drama teleplay. This book fizzes with the joy of ideas. It is a wonderful and compelling reading experience and shows a deep understanding and love for the medium of comics. If you have become jaded by the real world pretensions, stylistic limitations and just plain lack of imagination in many modern mainstream comics, this might just be the book to rekindle the fire that made you fall in love with this medium in the first place. It's a thrill!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but confusing 10 Jan 2012
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This volume reprints Batman issue #655-658 & #663-666. This is an entertaining story, featuring the appearance of Bruce Wayne and Talia's son Damian, come to join his father in the fight against crime and his mother. Although the story jumps from chapter four to chapter five (I don't know what went on in the issues in between - was there another tie-in event, or did the artist need time to catch up?), it is a seamless break - there is an `interlude' episode sits here though, featuring a text story which I couldn't read - superhero text stories don't work for me, as my `suspension of disbelief' ability doesn't transfer from the comics page to text. The final chapter- #7 or issue 666 - `Bethlehem' is really confusing, as we leap forward to a future Batman - who we are led to believe is Damian. Apparently, this volume is the first of a trilogy, the others being `The Black Glove' and `Batman R.I.P.', though we are given no warning of this. The future characters introduced in `Bethlehem' start to appear in the more recent `Batman Reborn' volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman begins 30 Aug 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Grant Morrison's epic 7-year run on Batman ended last month with the brilliant Batman Incorporated #13, so what better time to revisit the book that kicked it all off: Batman and Son?

Batman discovers he has a son - Damian - following a druggy one-night stand years ago with Talia Al-Ghul who stole his DNA and combined it with hers to grow Damian in a lab. Jezebel Jet is introduced as Bruce's love interest, Joker pops up for his usual Joker shenanigans, and the book ends with a grown-up Damian in the future, now the Batman of Gotham City.

I forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first time around, but knowing all that happens down the line makes re-reading Batman and Son all the more fun and rewarding. For example, I didn't notice the graffiti featured in the background of the first issue - Zur-En-Arrh - which is relevant because Batman becomes the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh in the Batman RIP arc, a couple of years after this issue came out. It really shows the extensive planning and effort Morrison puts into his work.

The opening sequence set in London is a brilliant start. Here Talia doses a number of her assassins with Kurt Langstrom's Manbat serum while Bruce is attending a pop art exhibition in the National Gallery and meets Jezebel Jet. The pop art exhibition is a masterstroke by Morrison as the pieces look like Roy Lichtenstein's work so you get captions like "WOW!" in the background art when Jezebel is introduced - looking amazing of course - or "POW!" when Batman is fighting the Manbats. It reads like an episode of Adam West Batman! Incredible.

Damian, once he's introduced to Bruce, is a very different character to the one most readers will have gotten used to in recent years. Initially, he's basically a stone cold psycho.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but confusing 6 Jan 2012
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This volume reprints Batman issue #655-658 & #663-666. This is an entertaining story, featuring the appearance of Bruce Wayne and Talia's son Damian, come to join his father in the fight against crime and his mother. Although the story jumps from chapter four to chapter five (I don't know what went on in the issues in between - was there another tie-in event, or did the artist need time to catch up?), it is a seamless break - there is an `interlude' episode sits here though, featuring a text story which I couldn't read - superhero text stories don't work for me, as my `suspension of disbelief' ability doesn't transfer from the comics page to text. The final chapter- #7 or issue 666 - `Bethlehem' is really confusing, as we leap forward to a future Batman - who we are led to believe is Damian. Apparently, this volume is the first of a trilogy, the others being `The Black Glove' and `Batman R.I.P.', though we are given no warning of this. The future characters introduced in `Bethlehem' start to appear in the more recent `Batman Reborn' volume.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not all that 16 Aug 2013
By jwhezzy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All the build up and praise didn't work for me, was expecting a more cohesive story of BW return, areal shame, but please judge it for yourself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great start. 27 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm new to the Batman world in terms of reading it myself. I have followed it through friends and got in sight through Kevin Smith podcasts.
I was looking for a starting point and decided to start with the Grant Morrison run. This book 'Batman & Son' is interesting and puts that story out there of what if Batman had a son, how would Robin react? We know Damien, Batman's son has a big roll to play later on in the run . But its good in setting it all up, i only gave it 3 stars as the story and art are good but felt it started to wain towards the end. You know that its a stepping stone for what's to come.
All in all I really enjoyed it and would recommend anyone to read it and the books to follow it as it gets better and better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman 666 is Epic
Loved Damian as Batman in the Future!
Published 2 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Batman & son
Wow what a novel damian coming to the batcave and beating up 3rd robin tim drake, being a bit of a nasty piece of work to his father bruce, love the fact that damian is so lost and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by RedRobin117
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
A good read, with good length, if a little confusing. I think the Joker part in the middle was unnecessary though.
Published 22 months ago by M. Latham
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply useless, sorry
I love Batman and I love Grant Morrison, but this volume really (and I mean REALLY) disappointed me. The story has some very stupid moments (Ninja-Bats? WTF? Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by M. Riccardo
3.0 out of 5 stars Batman's Stepping Stone
About 18 months ago I made the mistake of reading Batman RIP, at the time I did not realise that it was the culmination of a trilogy which started with Batman and Son & The Black... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by A. Standen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent foundations for a Morrision tale of the Batman legacy
In 2007, Grant Morrison arrived with Andy Kubert at the feet of the Batman legacy. Prior to this the only tale of note was Jeph Loeb's/Jim Lee's Hush storyline. Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by R. Ayavoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant Morrison begins his exciting and original run on Batman
Grant Morrison traditionally delves deep into DC's back catalogue, using ideas and characters often long-forgotten and breathing new life into them in unexpected ways. Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Zur En Arrh
1.0 out of 5 stars graphic novel - no I think not
This was particularly peculiar - it's sold as a graphic novel (not part 1 of 2 or whatever) so it should logically be one standalone story right? Wrong in this case. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2010 by Mr. Robert Smith
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