The GeeksverseBatman: The Return

Batman: The Return
Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Penciled by: David Finch
Inked by: Batt & Ryan Winn
Colored by: Peter Steigerwald
Lettered by: Dave Sharpe
Associate Editor: Janelle Siegel
Editor: Mike Marts
Covers: A- Finch; B- Gene Ha

This is where Batman, Incorporated begins. It opens with someone (Bruce?) talking about the old bat that inspired Bruce to become Batman, from there it shows Bruce going through some steps to form Batman, Incorporated.

The first is meeting with the Bat-Family and outlining his plans. This part was a bit odd, as it seems to possibly contradict things being set up in other books. Batgirl is supposed to go to England and join a finishing school? Oracle becomes the ‘ghost in the machine’ when Waynetech launches Internet 3.0? How do those things work and interact with things in Batgirl and Birds of Prey?

Bruce also takes Damian on a ‘test’ to see how well they work together. He decides that Damian and Dick work better together then Bruce and Damian ever would. This also leaves it open for Bruce to get a partner at a later date.

The issue also sets up a new villian organization, Leviathan, which seems to be along the lines of the existing Kobra organization. How they differ and why there should be two, is left to a later date, but it seems that Leviathan will end up being the main antagonist for Batman, Inc.

I really don’t see much of a difference between what is presented of Leviathan and what has been presented of Kobra. The part with the kid, that Batman saved, turning and killing his father at Leviathan’s wishes, goes to show how dangerous and manipulative Leviathan is. But again, it’s nothing that hasn’t been done with Kobra before.

This issue really serves no purpose but to help set up the new status quo of Batman, Inc. I still don’t understand the part concerning Oracle and Batgirl and kind of hope that the Batgirl part doesn’t carry over into her own title. This book presents some big ideas for Batman and his war and it seems you would have had to read The Return of Bruce Wayne to understand the catalyst for all this. I didn’t, so I’m in the dark what prompted Bruce’s new idea. A bit of a recap would have been nice.

Finch’s art is as good as it normally is. I’ve been a fan of his for awhile and it doesn’t disappoint.

The only thing from the Batgirl bit that I hope carries over is the outfit. I love her current costume but the Finch design is pretty damn cool. He also draws her current outfit very well.

The opening sequance is pretty intense, with the bats, but Finch makes them too monstrous. They don’t look like bats. They are more wolfish and almost look like tiny man-bats. The second sequance is much better except the airbags come out of nowhere. That part didn’t make sense.

Batman: The Return receives
3 out of 5

Nothing more then a transition issue.

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