by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Grant Morrison, Art by Chris Burnham
Published: May 2013
Batman Inc. #9, like Batman and Batman and Robin, is dealing with the Requiem story and the immediate fallout of Damien’s death. Unlike the other two titles, which had Batman furiously patrolling the streets of Gotham and taking his turmoil out on criminal scum, Batman Inc. gives plenty of screen time to the other members of Batman Inc., as well showing some more of the battle where Robin lost his life. After all, Batman Inc. is the title where Robin actually died at the hands of Heretic. The few glimpses of the battle show the Bat-family trying to keep it together while continuing to battle Heretic and other Leviathan henchman. It’s powerful, emotional stuff.
Leviathan continues to hold Wayne Tower hostage and speak out against Batman Incorporated. The ease in which they’re influencing the world and turning so many people against Batman and his allies is shocking. People around the world are denouncing Batman and blaming the Bat-family for the rises in crime. Gotham City shuts down all cooperation with Batman and legally forbids him from operating within the city. There’s a brilliant three-panel moment where Harvey Bullock gestures to Commissioner Gordon to hide the Batman communicator on his collar. At least I think it’s a communicator. I can’t keep track of all this Bat-nonsense.
Heretic is a truly terrifying villain, especially now that his power seems to be going to his head and even Talia is losing control of him. As scary as Talia and Leviathan is, Heretic is much scarier, especially considering his origin and what he truly is.
Morrison continues to excel at writing the Dark Knight, but I’ll reserve my final judgment for when his run ends soon. This may be unfair of me, but I’m always weary when writers jump on titles and do something big like this, like they’re just trying to stir things up and make their mark rather than putting the story first.