Batman Incorporated is back and in full swing within the new 52 universe. And it now comes with 100% more Batcow!
While my fellow ranter Cal has touched upon this issue in his “This Week in Comics” I still felt the need to touch up on it far more than he did, and perhaps even counter a few of his points. To start, this did remind me a good deal of the pre-relaunch titles. Its in the art, its in the title, and hell its probably in the writer working the dynamic duo team here.
We see a side of Damian that hasn’t been that strong since the start of Batman and Robin vol 2. That being a Damian challenging his father; even claiming things may have been better if Bruce never came back. Preference is mentioned to how things were with Dick in the mantle, and a snippet of just how smart Damian is by dealing with some Wayne Technologies finances is brought out. There was one comedic moment there, so I think Cal’s pushing it when he stated “a number of solid jokes” is in this title, but he was right about great banter.
What else can I say though? Well, while I enjoyed the story and thought it solid and entertaining, I’m not placing it as high up as Cal seems to be. A few notable things would be mention that the Outsiders still exist in this new 52 and that yes, unlike Leviathan Strikes that despite the release date just seemed a pre-relaunch story, this issue states outright with the mention of Nobody’s recent death that it is indeed part of the mainstream relaunch universe.
I do have one main beef with this issue though and its not the story, the writing, or even the art. It just seems an odd time to me to be releasing this. We’re midway through the Night of the Owls crossover that covers Batman and his family, so it seems odd to bring this out at such a time. At least pre-relaunch, Batman Inc. was more or less another crossover covering Batman and his family (plus world wide allies), so why start such a thing back up that should be requiring the attention of Batman’s allies for both events? It just seems a bit of bad timing to me is all.