GLX reviews Batman INC #7.
Writer - Grant Morrison
Artist - Chris Burnham
Colorist - Nathan Fairbairn
The cover of Batman INC #7 is a bit misleading. A glance at the cover suggests that the comic is filled with good clean fun. Instead, the backdrop of the comic is a grim and realistic one. Sure, there are men running around in costumes and a grand villain in the main conflict, but the average conditions on the reservation are not far from reality.
Corruption runs rampant through the reservation - both physical and spiritual. Though Man-of-Bats and Little Raven are dedicated to improving the lives of those on the reservation (through ways that do not always involve their fists), it takes its toll on them. Man-of-Bats' actions are questioned by those around him and Little Raven loses faith in his cause. Then, Batman enters the scene.
His appearance marks the comic's turn into the fantastic. After his appearance, the reader gets to see "The Bat's Cave." It is a stark contrast from Batman's own lair. Instead of being closed to the public, people can view it if they pay $15 (proceeds benefit the Red Cloud Indian School). It lacks the magnificence of the Batcave, but it has its own charm. It is, as Batman puts it, "Batman on a budget."
Grant Morrison's script is accessible to new readers while tying in to his epic Batman tale. The characters are well-rounded and the story's backdrop is both haunting and engaging. After reading this issue, I have a feeling that I am not the only reader that wants to see more tales about Man-of-Bats and Little Raven.
Chris Burnham's art is cartoonish, yet gritty. His action scenes are full of energy and the characters' facial expressions are spot on. Nathan Fairbairn provides this issue's colorist and he does a nice job of enriching the tone through his color work.
Batman INC #7 is worth a purchase for fans and newcomers alike. It is set in an uncommon setting with characters that feel real. An issue like this shows that Batman INC is one of the best titles on the market.
8.1* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX