Warning: Spoilers for Batman Incorporated #13 follow.
Grant Morrison told Newsarama last week that he expected fans to hate the ending to Batman Incorporated #13, the last in the writer's seven year, multi-book epic. "I really think a lot of people will hate it, because it’s super bleak. It kind of – to a certain extent it destroys the concept of Batman," the writer said in an interview.
Instead, fans are reacting positively to the comic, who have complemented the book as an appropriate ending to Morrison's lengthy Batman epic."I thought it was pretty good," said Jeremy Keys, a 36 year old Batman fan from Cornelius, North Carolina. "Yeah, I felt it was a little rushed, but I thought it was a pretty satisfying finale overall." Many have stated that the series ending was stronger than some of Morrison's other superhero comics, most of whom pointed to Final Crisis as an example of Morrison botching the ending.
Even negative fan reaction has ranged largely from tepidness to mild disappointment. "I was a little let down," said Courtney Davis of Colorado Springs, Colorado. "I really expected the comic to have more an 'oomph' ending. But I wouldn't say that I hated it. Hate is way too strong a word."
Morrison was stunned by the positive reaction. "Why are people behaving so rationally about this?" he asked a mushroom induced hallucination at his home in Scotland. "I brilliantly exposed all of Batman's flaws! I only showed Internet heartthrobs Dick Grayson and Tim Drake in one panel! I freakin' killed a female character! For fuck's sake, I had a totally open ended ending with evil Batbabies!"
Grant Morrison is not the only person disappointed by the lack of hate garnered by the issue. Pete's Pitchforks and Torches, an online wholesaler of supplies for angry mobs told the Outhouse that they haven't seen a spike in orders at all. "We even ran a sale today in anticipation of all the angry comic book fans," said owner Pete Pitchfork. "But we haven't seen an uptick in orders at all. I'm sitting on nearly 10,000 pitchforks and lit torches. If I don't move them soon, my business is ruined!"
The creator noted that his original plan for the book probably would have caused more anger. "I knew that I should have stuck with Stephanie Brown being the big bad instead of Talia," he said. "That seems to be the only way to generate real outrage online nowadays."