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DC sends off ‘Batman Incorporated’ with one-shot special [Updated]


Although Grant Morrison is drawing down the curtain on Batman Incorporated with July’s Issue 13, DC Comics will give the series a final hoorah in August with a special one-shot anthology.

Ahead of the release of August’s solicitations, the publisher has announced Batman Incorporated Special #1, featuring stories about Man-of-Bats, Red Raven, Jiro, Knight, El Gaucho and other characters by the likes of Chris Burnham, Ethan Van Sciver, Dan DiDio and Joe Keatinge.

Series artist Chris Burnham, who co-wrote the zero issue with Morrison and pens this month’s Issue 11, teased that his contribution to the Special — he’s writing and drawing — will star the “dreamy” Jiro Osamu.

“It’s another Batman Japan story, and it’s the first comic that I’ll have written and drawn in quite some time! I’m psyched!” he told “It’s not finished yet, but I promise it’ll be chock full of nonsense. I’m going to see if I can imagine what would happen if Will Eisner and Go Nagai made comics together!”

Update: DiDio announced on his Facebook page that he and Van Sciver “will be doing the first Bat Cow solo story,” adding, “We plan to milk this for all its worth.”

The $4.99 Batman Incorporated Special #1 arrives Aug. 28.

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Rollo Tomassi

May 10, 2013 at 7:10 am

Yeah. Milk it, DC.

@Rollow The batcow?

WTF is Boba Fett doing in there?

Guess it’s true…put “Bat-” in front of anything and it’ll sell…


This is one of the reasons I stopped reading comics.

You guys have obviously not read the series

Looks like Jiro’s got a new costume. Looks like Batman mixed with Showa-Era Kamen Rider. I dig this.

I’m all about these characters getting the spotlight, the acknowledgment that Inc. HAPPENED in this nu-world, and Burnham getting more chances to do that voodoo he do so well.


It is a hilarious joke that Dan DiDio gets to write a story in an anthology built on the back of Morrison creations, and I really wish I wasn’t buying anything with a DiDio-penned contribution.

The most interesting thing done with the Batman concept in like forever and it is dead. I started out reading well over a dozen titles of this “New 52″ line up. Now I am down to one. Soon it will none. May as well bring back Batmite.

Shy Crazy Lolita Canary!

YEs! I will suck on this teet one more time…..

If Morrison’s not writing anything in this, I’ve got no reason to buy it.

Batman Incorporated was the worst idea in the Batman franchise since All-Star Batman and Robin, but if this isn’t being written by Morrison, maybe it’ll be worth checking out.

Hating popular things makes me feel special and rebellious!

Well I don’t know about you, but I hate poorly-written crap. Which is, at last count, 80 percent of Morrison’s work.

Morrison is one of the only truly creative superhero writers still around, and now that he’s bowing out I am rather sad.

Love Batman Inc. Love Burnham. Love Joe.

What I don’t love is Didio being attached to this, leaves a nasty taste in my mouth.

Otherwise pretty psyched for this despite the lack of involvement by Morrison and unnecessary involvement of Didio.

Agree with Dylan. Hate that Didio stuck his nose in here. Well, going to buy it anyways, so might as well start justifying it…….

“If Didio has ever had success writing, it was with OMAC, which was a silly, fun comic with no real expectations of it, so maybe a bat-cow story is exactly what he should be writing…….”


The solicits for this have me even more worried — Written by Chris Burnham, Joe Keatinge, Dan Didio, and more

aka “and more” = writers of less renown than Burnham, Keatinge, and Didio. I’m getting the feeling they’re going to use this like they used to use the 80-page giants, to test new talent. I’m all about that in general, but way less about that as a coda to one of the only solid books they’re publishing these days.

@Stephen B

My th oughts exactly. When Keatinge and Didio are two of the biggest draws….that’s a concern. I pick up Batman Inc regularly but at $4.99 and no Morrison, I might skip this given that the talent on the book isn’t impressive. EVS is cool, I guess, but that’s about it: you just get Keatinge, Didio, and Burnham, whose the regular artist already – nothing special there.

Compare this line-up to the names attached to the American Vampire anthology also announced: Greg Rucka, Jeff Lemire, Gail Simone, Ray Fawkes, Francesco Francavilla, Becky Cloonan, Declan Shalvey….”and more.” THAT is an anthology worth my time and money.

“wah! Didio has his hands in this!”

You mean the guy that brought Morrison back to DC? The guy who’s greenlit everything that Morrison’s done with Batman at DC for the last 4 or 5 years? That put forward Final Crisis, which was basically the biggest Batman-centric DC Event ever?

Yeah . . . keep that guy away from the work that Morrison’s done on Batman! Especially on the ALL IMPORTANT CREATION OF BATCOW!!!!

Ulysses, now you know how the majority of people who make comments on the Internet reach their conclusions. DiDio has been nothing but good for DC, a true fan who’s always looking for ways to improve the landscape. But the way you hear it, he’s a zombie plague.

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