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4.0 out of 5 stars Grant Morrisons provides a fitting end to his lengthy batman run., 23 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Batman Incorporated Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
Few writers command attention the way Grant Morrison does. Not only the way he commits to a property (his runs on New Xmen and Justice league spring to mind), but the way he involves himself in the entire mythos of a narrative. And his batman run has taken that manner to the Nth degree.... and if you havent bought in before, now is not the time.

Batman Incorporated Volume 2 is the third Batman Incorperated graphic novel, bridging the New 52 divide, and providing a close on the story that has run through Batman RIP (three graphic Novels), Final Crisis, New Batman And Robin (also three), the Return of Bruce Wayne and finally Batman Inc (another 3...). That gives you an idea of all the threads that come together, and how little the story will mean to you if you havent read so far. Have you watched Damien evolve from annoying brat who you want to be written out, all the way through to an essential part of the Batman story (something i never thought would happen)? Seen batman taken apart and reassembled? The Batmen of all nations dragged out mothballs and ultimately reimagined on an even grander scale as Batman Inc?

Everyone warned off starring here (one what is deceptively called the second volume)?

Good.

For those that have been reading for sometime though, Morrison here bring a very satisfying and heart felt end to the story. Threads are tied up, Stories that began all the way back in Batman and Son some 7 years ago play a part, with everything from Manbat to Leviathan being brought to the fore. Its been a largely fantastic ride, with great themes resonating throughout. Haunted by echoes of Parental Figures (Dr Hurt - the demon Patriach, and Talia Al Ghul, the ultimate Matriach), the realisation that Batman has to be both a solitary figure and yet from the very first bell has been dependant on his family... Seeing batmans orgin as more than a gun shot and falling pearls. Its been a hell of a ride, and it all comes crashing together in this novel, whose ominous tone is set from the first page.... This is Morrison saying good by to story he has carried for 7 years, and the narrative is heavy with that feeling of saying goodbye.

Well worth a read, if you've bought in already, but absolutely best avoided if your first experience with batman was the Court of Owls or anything with New 52 stamped on the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So, farewell then... Grant Morrison, or, `Death of the Family' part Deux, 11 Feb 2014
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No More Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman Incorporated Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
The story running through issues #7-13 of the New 52's Batman Incorporated is collected, along with `Batman Incorporated Special' #1, as Batman Incorporated Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted HC (The New 52). This is the third volume of Batman Incorporated (the first being in the Old 52) and as well as being the finale to the entire Batman Incorporated storyline, is also the finale to Grant Morrison's long run on Batman, which began in 2006, as he brings his story to a close, tidies away the plot lines, but leaves a few holes for future writers to fill - specifically those two empty graves at the end... This is a superbly-scripted and illustrated story that brings to a close one of the strangest serials that the Batman family of comics has seen, considering that Morrison managed to bring back Bat-Mite and the original Bat-Woman during the course of it.

THE SPOILER ZONE
Short summary: Talia and her organisation Leviathan are out to destroy the Batman Incorporated organisation, and she has seized the Wayne Industries headquarters building, as it is financing Batman Incorporated, to make it the final battlefield between the two organisations.

The previous volume ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger, and it is safe to reveal that the Knight didn't survive.
"I realize that there are no active Lazarus Pits left but surely..."
"Um. That may not be strictly true, Prime Minister..."
You'll remember those lines at the end of the story, if you know what's good for you.

This is the big showdown, and neither organisation will survive, as Wayne Industries cannot continue to finance Batman International after taking massive damage from Talia's attacks. However, Talia herself meets an old friend before the end, who doesn't share Batman's aversion to guns. It is not a straightforward ending of course, as we discover that there are more clones of Damian in storage, and that Talia's big Bat-monster is a `brother' of Damian, and that the future Batman we have seen in flash-forward might not be the same Damian we know and admire...

This really is a superb story.

PS: Guess which Robin dies this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotham's Most Awesome!, 23 Dec 2013
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Sam Quixote - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman Incorporated Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
Talia Al-Ghul's Leviathan is taking over Gotham and only Bruce Wayne's Batman Inc. can stop them! This is it, the final battle between good and evil, father and mother - and what happens when parents fight? The kids suffer. Gotham's Most Wanted is a kitchen sink soap opera played out as high melodrama between superheroes. It's also Grant Morrison's final book in his seven year Batman run and it's as amazing a finale as you'd hope.

I highly recommend re-reading the first volume to remind yourself how it ended because the second volume picks up immediately after, mid-action sequence and barrels straight on through to the bitter end. The pacing in this story is insane as Morrison throws massive scenes at the reader, one after the other. Some members of Batman Inc. have already been killed by the Abomination - another of Talia's experiments with Bruce's DNA and hers, though this one turned out far more physically monstrous than Damian - while Gotham's children have been brainwashed into becoming homicidal maniacs, fighting what remains of Batman Inc and the GCPD in the streets alongside Leviathan's forces!

This book has one of the year's most talked about moments in comics: the death of Damian (and no it's not a spoiler when it makes international headlines!). Morrison goes full circle from introducing Damian to readers in his first book, Batman and Son, to taking him away in his final one. You can see what a great writer Morrison is in the way he's developed Damian over the years. Re-read those early books and you'll notice how insanely evil Damian is when he first arrives. He nearly kills Tim and beats Alfred, refusing to listen to anything Bruce has to say, and even killing one of Gotham's lesser costumed crooks. In this book Bruce knows Talia's after Damian so tells him to stay behind in the Batcave - and he does! And when he sees the havoc Leviathan is unleashing and wants to help his friends, he looks to Alfred for permission to leave. Damian's changed over the years, respecting his new family and changing his values from the ruthless to the compassionate.

Damian's character shows in other ways as his pet menagerie grows with the inclusion of Alfred the cat (who readers will remember seeing in those amazing alternate future Damian-as-Batman issues like Batman #666 and Batman Inc. #5), alongside his dog Titus and, of course, Batcow. He's gone from unfeeling ninja assassin to an ordinary kid who loves animals.

If Damian's character has softened, his fighting abilities sure haven't and he goes down in his fight against Abomination like the legend he is. I could write in depth about this scene but I'll just say 1) his final farewell with Dick Grayson was awesome (Damian: We were the best, Richard, no matter what anyone thinks. Dick: Hey, we can't help being great. Damian: Ready?), and 2) the way Chris Burnham draws the fight is phenomenal, at one point putting in 20 panels on one page and making each one count - that's special. It was my favourite fight scene of the year, it's so damn brutal and brilliant.

Bruce meanwhile is the other half of what makes this book a masterpiece. Talia brilliantly puts him in a death-trap knowing he'll escape but knowing that the time it takes for him to escape will make him unable to save Damian in time. She's such an evil genius! Damian's death is as shocking to Bruce as it is to us readers, and his reaction is crazy. Barefoot, barehands, stepping on broken glass, he goes to town on the armoured Abomination! Dick joins him in defeating him, though of course don't kill him. It's a very cathartic scene if you're a Damian fan. Bruce saves his rage for Talia, turning himself into a one-man army in the process - double Batman (that's deliberately cryptic, you'll have to read this to see what that looks like)! I won't talk about the final act because it's full of surprises that I don't even want to hint at - discover them for yourself.

There are a couple of issues included that are non-sequiturs like Batman Inc #11 which is a Batman of Japan issue written by Chris Burnham and drawn by Jorge Lucas, and the Batman Inc Special which features the various members of Batman Inc in multiple short stories. The #11 issue was created partly because it enabled Burnham the time to draw every page in the final two issues - Jason Masters was the able fill-in artist for several issues in this arc - and partly because there'd be nowhere else to feature Jiro stories. This issue shows that Burnham's not as accomplished a writer as he is an artist, but it's a fun campy issue that feels Power Rangers-y and pays homage to kitschy Japanese culture.

The Special, while taking place after the main story ends, isn't at all related to it and shouldn't be read as a coda but more of an extra for the fans. It features a number of standalone stories, my favourite of which is the silent Batcow issue because it's so funny and who doesn't love Batcow? I feel that, after Damian, he's the breakout character in Morrison's run (seriously!). Whatever, more Batcow please!

Gotham's Most Wanted is an amazing story written beautifully by Morrison and drawn unbelievably well by Chris Burnham. This is a terrific finale to the story and an incredible way to end Morrison's run. This is Morrison bowing out big style. It's simply one of the best books of the year and one of the finest Batman books ever written. Thank you for writing Batman, Grant Morrison.

Is Damian really dead? Is Leviathan? Or Batman Inc.?

Moo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 24 Jun 2014
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M. Paulo Bracais "Book master" (Fátima, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Great! Good story and design well! Hight quality! the writer is excelent! The Inker and designer are good! Its Nice!
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