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This week Grant Morrison wraps up his run on Batman & Robin with a “startling revelation” that sets the stage for the upcoming Batman Inc. title … and that’s popping up in the media. So if you haven’t read issue #16 yet and would like to do it spoiler free, don’t click the “Continue Reading” button below. You might also want to just avoid the internet completely.
DC Comics revealed today the cover to the second issue of Batman Inc., the new Grant Morrison-written title featuring Bruce Wayne recruiting various Batmen around the world. The cover, by interior artist Yanick Paquette, suggest the Dark Knight will head to Asia for his recruitment campaign. The second issue of Batman Inc. arrives in December.
Careful readers may have noticed that in past months I have been a little lukewarm towards DC’s solicitations.
Well, not this time.
Although we’ve already heard about many of these new titles, the fact that they all hit in the same month helps make the November solicits pretty eventful. So let’s see how DC’s loaded the pre-holiday season, shall we?
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The biggest new title is Batman, Inc., Grant Morrison’s new standardbearer for the Batman line. Essentially Morrison is transferring his flag from Batman and Robin to this book, and thereby shifting focus from a Dynamic Duo to a caped CEO.
Yesterday brought the first look at the first issue covers for the Batman: The Return miniseries and the ongoing Batman: The Dark Knight, both of which kick off this fall. And today brings the first issue cover for Batman Inc., the ongoing by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette:
In an “art imitates life” kinda way, when Bruce Wayne returns to the present after his trip through time in Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, he’s appropriately going into the franchise business.
As we learned in San Diego, Batman Inc., set to kick off in November, will see Bat-scribe Grant Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette chronicle Bruce Wayne’s attempts to recruit other heroes to wear the costume. Talking to the L.A. Times’ Geoff Boucher, Morrison reveals more details about the book — which will feature Dick Grayson, Knight and Squire, and El Gaucho.
“A lot of the experiences that he’s been through now, the way I want to play it is that they have changed his focus and his view of what his mission is and what he can accomplish. He starts to bring in more people. The first 12 issues of the book will be team-ups with Batman and different characters as he traveling the world and kind of training people,” Morrison told Boucher.
The article also includes a look at David Finch’s cover to Batman: The Return #1 (right) and his cover to Batman: The Dark Knight #1, both of which feature a “tweaked” costume design that includes the return of the yellow circle around the bat. Morrison and Finch’s Batman: The Return mini-series kicks off in October, while Batman Inc. and Finch’s Batman: The Dark Knight both start in November.
Batmen? The riddle of Grant Morrison’s post-Batman and Robin, post-Return of Bruce Wayne, post-Batman: The Return work with the Dark Knight has just been solved: Morrison and frequent collaborator Yanick Paquette will launch an ongoing series titled Batman Inc. The book will see Bruce Wayne joined by a number of characters wearing the mantle of the Bat.
“All I’m going to tell you up front is basically it’s almost a team book,” Morrison explained today during DC’s Batman panel at Comic-Con International, where the book was announced. “I was looking at the Brave and the Bold cartoon which I love and I wanted to do that kind of thing — Batman with other people. We’re come up with a structure that let’s us do kind of a team book.”
Speaking to CBR’s Jonah Weiland, DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said the concept has been in the works for years. “This was in place even prior to Batman R.I.P.,” he said. “When [Morrison] came out with his two to three-year plan of what he wanted to do with Batman, we were building to this point.”
All told, it’s a pretty novel solution for the question of who would be Batman once Bruce Wayne returned to find his former protege Dick Grayson wearing the cape and cowl. As DiDio put it, “A lot of people have come to us and said, ‘When Bruce Wayne returns, who’s gonna be Batman?’ The answer is ‘more than one.'”