The GeeksverseBatman, Inc. #1

Batman, Inc. #1
Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Penciled by: Yanick Paquette
Inked by: Michel Lacombe
Colored by: Nathan Fairbairn
Lettered by: John J. Hill
Associate Editor: Janelle Siegel
Editor: Mike Marts
Covers: A- JH Williams III; B- Yanick Paquette w/ Michel Lacombe & Nathan Fairbairn

Batman, Inc officially starts with this issue, which has Batman going to Japan to recruit the Japanese crimefighter, Mr. Unknown, to his new “army”. It opens with Batman and Catwoman trying to steal something from one of Dr. Sivana’s lair. The only reason given is that Batman thinks it’s safer in his hands then anyone elses.

Then it’s off to Japan to find Mr. Unknown only to find out someone has beaten them there. The rest of the issue is tracking down Mr. Unknown’s partner.

Lord Death Man is an interesting new villian. He seems to be of the mastermind type, laying a trap that Jiro (Mr. Unknown’s partner) falls for. It’s a trap that any of Batman’s foes would have been proud of.

Nothing of major consequance happens in this issue, and it seems to set up what will be the style of the first couple issues, Batman traveling the world and recruiting people. What the first part, stealing from Sivana, has to do with the second will hopefully be revealed.

Not what I was thinking the first issue would be like. I was thinking/hoping for something that would help solidify exactly what being part of Batman, Inc would involve and how that would affect/change the existing heroes. Instead this reads like a fairly standard Batman tale. It’s not bad, it’s a decent story. It reads pretty fast. I’m interested in seeing where Morrison takes this grand idea, but so far this issue didn’t really have much to do with it.

Yanick’s art is excellant. At least the linework, layouts and storytelling. His characters are well done. His pages are well laid out.

It’s just the Catwoman appearances. There’s alot of cheesecake done in these pages. She looks great, but alot of it is unnecessary and does nothing for the story.

Batman, Inc. #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

Decent story, but nothing all that great.

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