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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; De Luxe edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401232124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232122
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A sublime return to Batman’s pulp origins….The stakes have never been higher. After all these many, long decades, Batman wants to be free. And reading Grant Morrison, more than anything else, is an act of trust that his project for the character is generationally definitive.”—PopMatters
 
“the most fun I’ve had reading a comic book”—MTV Geek
 
“A fun, exotic thrill-ride” —IGN

“This is a fun comic. Fun…. Wonderfully Entertaining”—Comic Book Resources

About the Author

Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel Arkham Asylum to acclaimed runs on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, as well as his subversive creator-owned titles such as The Invisibles, Seaguy, and We3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, Seven Soldiers of Victory, All-Star Superman, 52, Batman, Batman & Robin, and Batman Inc., as well as New X-Men for Marvel. He is currently writing Action Comics as a part of DC COMICS THE NEW 52. 

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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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Pages are vibrant, colors are rich, and action scenes are kinetic.
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While I don't feel good about the premise of the story, I can't argue that I didn't like some of the characters and concepts showcased in the book.
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After all IGN rated Morrison's Batman storyline as THE best comic storyline of the past decade.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By werideatdusk on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the most fun I've had in a while reading a comic - Morrison's writing crackles with wit and joy. This is a substantial book with a lot of great stories illustrated by great artists.

You should know that this is the latest in a long-running series of Grant Morrison Batman stories. It makes sense on its own but a far richer way to experience this is in order. You can buy these books at your local mom and pop comic book shop. Or, barring that, I'm pretty sure you can get them online!
*Batman and Son
*The Black Glove
*Batman R.I.P.
*Final Crisis
**The Return of Bruce Wayne
**Batman & Robin (three volumes)
***Batman, Incorporated

These stories add up to a huge addition to the Batman mythos that stands with the very best Batman stories, and is a sheer delight to read. I highly recommend that you read them all!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US on April 17, 2012
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As much as I call myself a fan of Grant Morrison (I own various material from the man), I have not actually read his run on Batman. I'm not saying I've never heard of it or not kept an ear open about it, because I've read many blogs, story discussions, and heard it from friends at the comic shops, and also read the occasional pages here and there...but I've never actual own any of material from Batman and Son through Batman & Robin Volume 3: Batman & Robin Must Die and actually sat down and taken in the material. I can't explain why I have neglected to give it a try, maybe it's the love-it-or-hate-it affair surrounding it or maybe because I've was focused elsewhere during his run, I don't know. But after much inner debating, I've decided to start here and give it a try. So please bear with me and this review.

BATMAN INCORPARATED includes BATMAN INC. issues #1-8 and LEVIATHIAN STRIKES! Parts 1 & 2. After Batman & Robin Volume 3: Batman & Robin Must Die, Bruce Wayne who has returned from the past and has had a revelation to branch out to the world and franchise the Batman ideology (with Dick Grayson staying in Gotham as Batman), but during his and Damien's (the current Robin) first foray at globe trotting, they already discover a global conspiracy by the name of Leviathan, which then begins in this book BATMAN INC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Beitler on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Title: Batman Incorporated (HC)
Publisher: DC
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe, Chris Burnham, Scott Clark, Cameron Stewart, Dave Beaty, Pere Perez (pencils, inks), Nathan Fairbairn, Scott Clark, Dave Beaty (colors), Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe, Chris Burnham, David Finch, Frazer Irving, J.H. Williams III (covers)
Collects: Batman Incorporated #1-8, Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes
Price: $29.99

Wow! There's a lot going on, here! So much so, in fact, that it's hard to tell if this book was intended to be in the regular continuity or just a sort of "Elseworlds" title. I think it's the former, though with the complete DC universe revision that just took place, any potential changes to the previously-existing universe are pretty much moot, anyway.

The set-up of the book is this: Bruce Wayne comes to the realization that a secret global terrorist organization has been setting up plans and sleeper cells of operatives all around the planet, and so he decides to establish his own world-wide network of operatives to counteract the threat. He calls the group "Batman Incorporated" and makes it public knowledge that he - Bruce Wayne - and other philanthropic rich guys and gals will be personally financing the operation.

I have a couple of problems with this plot point right from the get-go: How would Bruce Wayne know who to trust in remote parts of the world? Is it realist to think he would give them not only access to high-tech gadgets but to also let them in on his secret identity? Wouldn't Bruce Wayne be in a jeopardized position from that point on for the rest of his life? This just all seems very implausible and, frankly, out-of-character for Bruce Wayne.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Keith on April 19, 2012
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I just finished reading this and WOW! This is some terrific comic booking. Grant Morrison's had a great long run on Batman; and while it's mostly been very good, he's had some misses too. But he pulls out all the stops and this is the best Batman volume I've read in ages. The pages with art by Burnham are stunning. He's not an artist I've heard of before but I'll be looking for his name now.

If you read one Batman book every decade. Make it this one. It's a blast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Michael Hall on June 1, 2012
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I don't generally go for mainstream superhero comics, but Grant Morrison carries a lot of weight with me; his All-Star Superman and Flex Mentallo series are, in this reader's estimation, the very pinnacle of what can be achieved with the superhero archetype. So I gave Batman, Inc. a chance, and I'm glad I did. Though this story kicks off after a much longer story arc, it stands on its own remarkably well: I didn't feel as if I missed any of the plot or background details despite having no knowledge of the preceding material beyond what I'd read in publisher summaries of those books. And though Morrison loves to dig deeply into the most obscure corners of Batman's history for inspiration, the lens through which he filters those carefully-mined ideas is distinctly unique and not at all dependent upon the encyclopedic knowledge of continuity required by so many superhero titles. The work stands on its own, and does so in very entertaining fashion. Batman, Inc. wonderfully combines humor (a surprising number of genuine laugh-out-loud moments), action (Morrison is adept at using the medium's "limitless FX budget" to create outrageous action sequences), and quality character moments. The art is top-notch throughout, and the manic pacing ensures the reader will finish the volume both entertained and exhausted.

Is it great graphic literature, like Black Hole, or Maus, or Morrison's own Flex Mentallo? No, but that's not the intent here. Morrison's goal is obviously to create a ripping good adventure yarn that takes the Batman character into interesting new places, and he achieves said goal. What more could one ask from an escapist superhero fantasy?
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