GLX reviews Batman INC #1.
Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciller: Yanick Paquette
Inker: Michel Lacombe
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
"Lord Death Man lives to take life, and he's only just begun!"
That line appropriately sums up the tone of Batman INC #1. It's a bizarre comic filled with skeleton suit henchmen, deadly robotic mice and some Batman/ Catwoman goodness mixed in together. With crazy concepts, a comic like this needs some solid writing to make it. Luckily, Grant Morrison does that.
He ties everything togother in a coherent narrative. Lord Death Man is out to kill every crimefighter in Japan. Catwoman joins Batman on a trip to Japan to recruit a Japanese Batman. Conflict occurs. Everything happens at a nice pace, in a world populated with characters that have their own unique voice. Morrison also juxtaposes some elements within the story quite nicely. A good example of this is in the last page of the issue. Without giving anything away, things that Catwoman says and experience are tied into a final scene that's quite amusing; especially, considering the setting.
Throughout the comic, Yanick Paquette's art shows that he has an appreciation for the female form; but not in a bad way. He does a fine job of bringing Morrison's script to life. All of the characters are lively and his work is detailed. When Lord Death Man first appears, Paquette makes Lord Death Man's mouth visible to the reader. Michel Lacombe's inks do Paquette's pencils justice, while Nathan Fairbairn's colors are appropriate and easy on the eyes.
Batman INC #1 is easily worth the $4 price tag. Morrison's delivers some solid writing and a solid base for the series; while Paquette and crew deliver some tight art. Issue #2 can't come soon enough.
8.2* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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