This past week, Grant Morrison's run on Batman came to a close after seven years. The run was mostly celebrated by readers and critics alike, with some calling it the greatest long-form story in the Dark Knight's history. But like anything else, the story had its detractors, largely from those who are not fond of Morrison's writing style. David Uzumeri offered his thoughts on both the final issue and the run as a whole, but now we want to know what you think.
This week, Batman Incorporated #13, by Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn, wraps up Morrison's seven-year tenure on the character. It brings everything to a definitive close that leads to both the character's new era in the New 52 and to the core of the Batman myth itself. It closes not just one loop, but a number of loops, between the present and various points in the past -- the beginning of this volume, the beginning of Morrison's run and, indeed, to the very beginning of the character, way back in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. It's a heartfully written, beautifully drawn true creative collaboration between three of the best talents in comics, and can probably be best described as a frustrated and slightly resigned labor of love. I've been following this run since it started, and there's a solid argument to be made that this particular run, this particular story, has been the bedrock of my entire comics journalism career. So let's look back on the past seven years of headshots, time travel, evil gods, lapdancing pigs, father-son bonding, heartbreak, good art, bad art and, above all, mystery. Let's look, for the first time, as a whole, at Grant Morrison's run on Batman, and talk about the Hole in Things.
Even though the crowds of Comic-Con International might be a huge hassle, there's one thing that we can all agree on as being well worth the trouble: Burritos. And being able to talk to our favorite creators about their upcoming projects, I guess, but seriously, the burritos out there are amazing. Fortunately for me, I was able to combine both of those things when I grabbed lunch with Joe Keatinge, and we spent the walk back to the convention center chatting about his upcoming Knight story in the Batman Incorporated special, and the launch of Marvel Knights Hulk later this year.
Chris Burnham has drawn some strange things over the past few years. As the regular artist on Batman Incorporated, he's taken on Batcow and the evil forces of Leviathan, and those aren't even close to being the weird ones. With his last issue on the title on the horizon, he stopped to talk with us at San Diego Comic-Con International about his time drawing the book, his love of Go Nagai and Shotaro Ishinomori, and the one thing he was asked to re-draw.
Spoilers for recent issues of Batman Inc. (and other DC titles) follow!
In one short month, Grant Morrison's eight-year run on Batman will come to an end with Batman Incorporated #13. Much of the the latter part of Morrison's run has featured art from collaborator Chris Burnham, who will finish out the run with the writer. DC Comics has released three inked preview pages from the concluding issue, which you can check out after the jump.
After more than six years writing the adventures of Batman, it was doubtful that the climax of Morrison's run was going to end without some casualties. Now, DC is prominently teasing the outright death of a character in this week's release of Batman Inc...
Grant Morrison has announced that the end is nigh... for his superhero work, at least. The writer will be leaving both Action Comics and Batman Incorporated within the next year, and outside of two already-in-progress shorter works for DC Comics, he has no other superhero work planned to replace those books...
We're just weeks away from the launch of the "second wave"ofDC Comics' New 52, and to mark the occasion, the publisher had released all manner of new art from the six new series making their debut in May, both on their official blog and via carefully orchestrated "leaks" to another website...
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