GLX takes a look at Batman INC #3.
Writer - Grant Morrison
Pencillers - Yanick Paquette and Pere Perez
Inkers - Michel Lacombe and Pere Perez
Colorist - Nathan Fairbairn
It's a been a while since issue #2, but Batman INC #3 has finally come out. Batman has left Tokyo and has moved on to Buenos Aires. If some familiar foes have their way, he might not make it out alive.
Grant Morrison's writing isn't as sharp as it was in the first two issues of Batman INC, but it's still entertaining. Morrison continues to have a fixation on death, with this issue. After all, Tristessa and Batman dance the "Tango of Death". The one thing that hampers the writing is the use of Spanish. In 3 panels, Morrison describes Santiago Vargas with Spanish captions. Even though that it's a unique idea, the execution leaves something to be desired. Still, it doesn't detract from the comic too much. Plus, the return of some of the villains from Batman RIP help boost the quality of Batman INC #3. Oh, and I must note that El Gaucho's comment on the Bruce Wayne/ Batman dynamic is simply amusing.
"Why the hell is Batman masquerading as Bruce Wayne, anyway? I've met Wayne and you don't fool me."
Yanick Paquette's work matches his usual, superb standards. His work is expressive and fluid.The layouts aren't inventive or eye-popping, but they serve to help translate Morrison's work effectively. Michel Lacombe's inks do a good job of defining Paquette's pencils. Unfortunately, for two pages, Paquette and Lacombe's work is absent; however, Pere Perez's work compliments their art nicely. This change in artists is noticeable, but Perez manages to make his work similar enough to Paquette and Lacombe's that it doesn't hurt the comic. Part of the credit for this goes to Nathan Fairbairn, who provided the colors for the issue. His colors give the comic a consistent feel, all while providing appropriate colors to every page.
Despite the delay between the release of issue #2 and issue #3, I still had a good time with this comic. Morrison's delivers an entertaining and Paquette and crew deliver some nice art. I only hope that this comic's schedule stabilizes soon.
8* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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