From the NYTimes preview of Batman Inc #13
I try not to be judgemental, but snogging the woman who ordered the death of your son (and hers)? That’s just messed up, and not even in an interesting way, it’s just, literally messed up.
I wish I could say I’d enjoyed Morrison’s Batman run (Even the Dick!Bat run seemed more interested in showing how awesome Damian was as Robin, and Dick was more of a guest star in his own comic), as I’ve enjoyed much of his other output, but this has just been painful.
This is one of those things that makes me wonder if Grant Morrison even understands basic human emotion such as anger, grieving, and hurt.
Batman: You killed our son.
Talia: He was a jar baby.
Batman: This isn’t a game, Talia.
Talia: You, me, snogbox, right now.
*Snog snog snog while Gotham burns to the ground*
Yeah I don’t know what Morrison was thinking when he wrote this.
Batman Inc #11 Preview
On just one page we have Mr. Unknown (aka Japanese Batman) and a Sailor Moon look-alike fighting against Super Sentai look-alikes.
Someone grew up in the 1990s.
/Cue in Outer Senshi Henshin music.
I wish the cemetery pages were better written, but at least this bit was workable for a photo set.
(And then I made myself sad).
Batman Incorporated #4
This is 'El Tango de la Muerte.'
/Fixed that for you Grant Morrison.
WHY KILL Damian Wayne?
That is the nagging question upon seeing that DC Comics is killing the 10-year-old son of Batman, who also happens to be the current Robin the Boy Wonder.
It doesn’t make sense. Especially given the success of Scott Snyder’s recent two storylines (Night of the Owls and the Joker-fueled Death of the Family), Batman doesn’t need a gimmick death for attention.
Writing a more in-depth article right now discussing yet another case of killing a minority character for no other reason than to serve as a plot-point in a narrative, in this case, a POC kid.
Might write one for Talia too if Morrison decides to have her kick it as well, given how very difficult it’s going to be for her to recover from the events of this issue. To quote flint_marko on S_D: “Morrison’s ruination of Talia is now complete.”
One thing that did make me smile at least is that fact that Damian was shown using his “sister’s” weapon of choice.
Thoughts on Batman Inc #8
Not too many spoilery details since these are just my thoughts on the handling of the issue and writing. But I will cut out of courtesy to my followers.
Kay guys, just so we’re in the clear here…
As I stated in my original post, my comments were not intended to dismiss fans’ feelings, and I am especially not dismissing the fact of how very problematic it is to kill a 10-year-old boy of mixed heritage for no other purpose than to serve as a plot point in his father’s story. That story has already been told with Death in the Family, and on a grander scale, the whole “kill an important character to serve as a plot point in another character’s story” has been overly done since the New 52 started, and was especially characteristic of the post-Crisis reboot as well. It’s enough to say, it hasn’t been original for a very long time.
My point was that the Newsarama article framed the “permanence” of the character’s fate in such a very “matter-of-fact” way, it’s hard for me to take it seriously, especially given how often characters were killed, meant to “stay dead,” and didn’t. It was already bad practise that the major event was spoilt by the press just three days before the official issue’s release. This latest one just feels like it’s trying to stir shit up even more.