Friday, March 11, 2011

Batman Inc. #3

And only a month late!

Grant Morrison is an extremely frustrating writer. This issue opens with an unlabeled flashback filled with typical Morrison nonsense. There are alternate worlds, new heroes, and sparkling dialgoue. What's going on? I have no idea, but it has style!

Then we get a solid Batman team-up as he and El Gaucho take on some Agentinian villains. There are a ton more great big ideas, including exploding scorpions and a parrot that gives away plot points! El Gaucho's origin is all in Spanish, so I know I missed a bunch, but it's easy to see he's as cool as Bruce Wayne in his way. And best of all, one of the best new villains of Batman RIP gets to make a comeback...

Yanick Paquette is doing a nice job, but imagine if JH Williams could come back for this series? That's an unfair comparion, as Paquette does well, but Williams defined the Batmen of All Nations for me. The opening splash has a great shot of a flunky getting a motorcycle tire to the face, and the close? Perfect.



Anonymous said...

really the best batman so far inc. the gaucho a complicated character to batman although of the same side of the good it could be your nemesis in the right direction because they are not lowering their international peers,
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Jeff said...

I liked this one, but not as much as the previous 2-parter. It didn't seem very "Morrison-y".

That having been said, I get the feeling looking at online annotations that there's more than meets the eye on this one, and I'll give it another go-around before I dismiss this issue.