THE NEW 52 finally launched the second season of Batman Incorporated and all-new number one issue! The renowned Grant Morrison continues his Batman opus and plans to pay off all the story threads he planted going as far back as 2006 when he started writing Batman. Joined by artist Chris Burnham, this action-oriented thriller treads the fridges of Morrison’s ingeniously inspired take on the cannon and continuity of the Dark Knight Detective.
Morrison shines as he avoids the trappings of the potentially convoluted continuity by making this a completely accessible, thus enjoyable first issue. His plotting is spot-on and reflective of a solidly scripted television series: complete with a beginning, middle, and end – tag and teaser included. There is a definite sense of immediacy that adds to the suspense of the yarn Morrison weaves.
To his credit, Morrison is hitting his stride. And it is a strong one. Any and all pertinent backstory or exposition is delivered in an engaging fashion. In short, the writing is sharp and well-crafted.
As much as Morrison’s dialogue and story resonate, Burnham breathes life into the surreal, popular culture influenced world of Batman Incorporated. In highest regards to both creators, the cleanliness of Burnhams’s art is dually the perfect compliment and contrast to Morrison’s almost unsanitary story. The texture they create together is picture perfect.
Morrison has been known to push the envelope and for that reason he has often garnered much criticism. Regardless if the criticism is justifiable or not, there is no debating that Morrison’s ambitious body of work speaks for itself. The most creative mind and boundary-pusher in the history of comics is set to complete his Batman epic with scope, scale and style.