Thursday, February 28, 2013

Batman Incorporated #8

Here's where I complain about the ongoing policy of DC (and Marvel) to leak the details of each shocking event to the media.

The game-changing turn of events in this issue of Batman Incorporated has already been spoiled in numerous news stories - and in the "Channel 52" back-up feature that appears in every single issue DC published this week! (Not to mention the fact that the cover gives it all away.)

I know, they're just trying to sell more comic books - and the news leak has proven to be a successful way to do exactly that. The irony is, the company alerted most comics shops too late to allow them to increase their orders - so lots of fans won't be able to lay hands on this issue until the inevitable reprint.

But it's criminal that readers are robbed of the opportunity to be shocked by the events at the end of the issue.

The story features a showdown between Batman, Talia, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul, and their son, Robin.

It's a violent, action-packed battle from start to finish as Batman faces a death trap, and his Robins (past and present) fight against Talia's army of assassins.

It's loaded with surprises (well, except for the really big one), as writer Grant Morrison brings his Batman arc full circle, and draws events to a close (of sorts).

I'm not crazy about what happens here, because it crosses a line that should be avoided as much as possible - but I'm certainly anxious to see where it goes from here.

Recommended - if you can find a copy.

Grade: A-


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