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First Look: Batman Incorporated - Leviathan Strikes

Batman Incorporated and Grant Morrison return in December to conclude the first season of the series.

When Batman Incorporated ended before DC's 'The New 52,' many of us were left wondering what the story was with Leviathan. The story had been building up but the only information we had was Batman Incorporated would return sometime in 2012. Word slowly got out that a one-shot was being planned to tie up the Leviathan story. DC has just announced we can expect BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES on December 21!

Leviathan Strikes will be a giant-sized one-shot where Batman discovers there is more to this deadly foe than meets the eye. Will we finally discover the secret? Check out the cover by Chris Burnham posted on DC's The Source.

'The long-awaited conclusion to season 1 of BATMAN INCORPORATED is here at
last!' said Morrison.

For months, Batman and his allies have fought a shadow campaign against the deadly legions of the mysterious Leviathan, but now it's time for all-out war ­ a war which Batman may not be able to win.

Schoolgirl assassins! Bat-robots! Nazi masterminds with Alzheimer's! Guest
stars galore! Batman and Spoiler team to face the School of Night while
Batman Incorporated travels to a sinister Cold War interrogation facility to
face the mind-bending menace of Doctor Dedalus for the last time while the
true identity of Leviathan is finally revealed, with shocking consequences
for the Dark Knight.

With incredible artwork from Cameron Stewart (BATMAN
AND ROBIN MUST DIE) and Chris Burnham (BATMAN INC.), LEVIATHAN STRIKES! rounds out season 1 and is also the prologue to 2012¹s BATMAN: LEVIATHAN ­the epic, tragic, final act of a story six years long.

Notice that it says SPOILER instead of BATGIRL. How soon until we officially see Stephanie Brown in the 'New 52'? Mark you calendar for when this issue comes out.

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Posted by ThePRez

sounds interesting

Posted by EnSabahNurX

O_O bat robots again.....that happened in the batman beyond mini series

But glad to see stephanie will be returning, now we just need cass and the world is complete

Posted by CrimsonAvenger

Schoolgirl assassins! Bat-robots! Nazi masterminds with Alzheimer's? Count me in.

Posted by GraveSp

definitely going to be picking it up. Glad they are continuing Grant's story

Posted by Duo_forbidden

That's just enough time for me to read the other Batman INC issues. And Steph possibly going back as Spoiler? Nice. I wonder if her costume will get an update.

Posted by Baddamdog

Wooo Stephanie as Spoiler and in the Batman Inc!

Posted by Argand

I hope she will be a Batgirl-like Spoiler. With a Batgirl-like costume.

Like Cassandra as Blackbat.

Batgirl Inc.!

Posted by danhimself

so Batman will still have his pre-Flashpoint suit but it's set in post-Flashpoint?

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Posted by Wattup

I am the night.

Posted by longbowhunter

Neat!
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

At first I did not see the spoiler mention instead of Batgirl. i hope we get to see Stephanie before December

Posted by MrMazz

Bat Robots Batmans main contingency plan to rule everything when he is dead

don't trust Damian to be a good Bman dude is named DAMIAN

Posted by hpwaz

Is this taking place in the new 52? Because Bats is wearing the Pre-Reboot costume

Posted by doordoor123

You post this but not the new Ray with Palmiotti? I thought you liked Palmiotti Tony?

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

You guys should mention that this is just a double issue collecting what would've been Batman Incorporated #9 and #10 if they hadn't gotten delayed and then cancelled due to The New 52. It's just a big issue collecting those 2 issues so they can label it a Special instead of messing with their precious line of all issue #1s.

Posted by spider-man 2996

Can't wait!Its a pity this will end Grant Morrisons run on Batman

Posted by CrimsonTempest

First-day buy. In Morrison I trust.... a little. :P

But in all seriousness, it's good to see a great conclusion to a grand, but finite run of Batman, Inc.

Posted by damswedon

Nope. I'm not accepting this as Steph's first DCnU appearance. This is a carry-over from a book that should of been out two months ago. I'm also not accepting that Knight and Squire could have existed in this hyper condensed 5 year timeline. Especially when it was stated in the mini-series that Britain treated heroes and villains like celebrities because they had been around for hundreds of years. This is not the same universe where The Milkman took down Two Ton Ted from Teddington, or where Death Dinosaur or The Morris Men exist.

Ugh. Just had to get that off of my mind.

Posted by Sharkey

Yes can't wait! 
 
It's released on my birthday too, awesome. :)

Posted by Roldan

@spider-man 2996 said:

Can't wait!Its a pity this will end Grant Morrisons run on Batman

Well it does say it's ending season 1. There might be a season 2 in the works.

Posted by The Poet

YES!!! SPOILER!!!

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Posted by cagedleo730

@damswedon: Who says that Knight & Squire's history stays intact?? No one has. Knight & Squire are not Batman. Batman's corner is basically intact, but his interaction with other heroes in other books are different because the others are different.

Posted by cagedleo730

@hpwaz: This will be taking place in the DCnU. Stephanie Brown is Spoiler again. The cover was the original solicitation cover. Morrison's delays lead them to have to make this DCnU. There probably was some art changes which pushed this even further back into December.

Posted by hpwaz

@cagedleo730:

Oh, thanks. I was just wondering why they bothered showing that cover on the Source.

Posted by Mumbles

bat inc is out of place with the whole new 52. seems like a bust

Posted by keith71_98

Veeeeery interesting!
Posted by The Impersonator
Posted by RareCheshire

DC needs someone new to come up with super heroine type names Spoiler? Blackbat? And I just read somewhere about them making a new gay teen titans character name Wall with brick powers? They should hire me, I would do a better job!

Posted by DDDDDDD_BB

This looks like this could become Batman from Kingdom Come.

Posted by The Velvet Rabbit

@RareCheshire said:

DC needs someone new to come up with super heroine type names Spoiler? Blackbat? And I just read somewhere about them making a new gay teen titans character name Wall with brick powers? They should hire me, I would do a better job!

I think you mean Batwing - and The Wall is going by Bunker now :P and personally, I like the idea of Spoiler making a comeback - even though it seems the people that actually like Stephanie are few and far between :( my only problem with Morrison is that he's a very good writer, but his consistency is a little hit-and-miss sometimes

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

It baffles me how so many people can ignorant enough to say things about this being the end to Grant Morrison's Batman run, WHEN THE FREAKING SOLICIT CLEARLY SAYS, " and is also the prologue to 2012¹s BATMAN: LEVIATHAN the epic, tragic, final act of a story six years long."  
 
We've still got 12 issues to go people.

Posted by KEROGA

this is the beging to batman kingdom come with all them batbots,lol

Posted by KEROGA

the beginning to batman kingdom come ,with all them batbots in gotham

Posted by Fhiz
@KEROGA: Morrison does pull influence from all corners of the past, so I wouldn't be surprised if that is someone inspired by Kingdom Come.
Posted by johnny_spam

God I wish this series was still coming out regularly....but perfect time for Christmas.

Posted by JonesDeini
Sometimes you just gotta lay down the pimp hand, folk!!!

Change the costume, keep this as a panel!

Posted by thephantomstranger

I have a sneaking suspicion that they retconned Stephanie Brown's time as Batgirl and that they did some post side editing to replace her look and certain words of dialogue...

Posted by damswedon

@thephantomstranger said:

I have a sneaking suspicion that they retconned Stephanie Brown's time as Batgirl and that they did some post side editing to replace her look and certain words of dialogue...

Yup. Either the story takes place after Steph drops the cape, at which point we have to ask why are Bruce and Steph doing the same mission twice? Or this takes place back when it was supposed to come out but in the DCnU Steph never was Batgirl.

Why this has to be a DCnU book I don't know.

Posted by 1fearless1

Bats looks weird without his black undies on!!?? Maybe it was a bad position.

Posted by entropy_aegis

FINALLY

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Love it! Would definitely like to get this come the right time. Of course I have to catch up with the rest of Batman: Incorporated before I can do so. Maybe in time the back issue hunt can begin...

Posted by J1ml33

Finally it`s coming ( sad to see it end but it`s for the best ) so the only next step is for this to be Collected in an Omnibus (or as an Absolute edition ) hey it would be well worth the money in my book ! ( more Chris Burnham on art please ) 

Posted by golakers112

Ever notice that the most armored part of Bat's new suit is the codpiece? It even has 4 screws to keep it in place.

Posted by johnny_spam

@golakers112: Well Batman's best weapon is his ability to make his enemies fall in love with him so they subconsciously prevent themselves from killing him it makes sense he would keep that secure.

Posted by -Vigil-

I hated Stephanie as Spoiler (and as Robin). It amazed me when I discovered I really liked the new Batgirl comic. Too bad that over before it could really get started.

Posted by kennybaese

@danhimself said:

so Batman will still have his pre-Flashpoint suit but it's set in post-Flashpoint?

My guess is the one shot will be set before and Leviathan will be after. Though, I guess it does say Spoiler and not Batgirl, so maybe not. Maybe he just wears that suit when do INC stuff.

Either way, I wish this suit had stuck around in the relaunch. I always loved the return of the yellow oval. Much more iconic than just the black bat shape.

Posted by Eyz

Fantastic :D

And Steph will be part of this? I knew we could count on Morrison to keep Bats such an extended Bat-family^^

(Knight, Squire, Blackbat, Steph, etc..)

Posted by MattGalvatron
Posted by BlackPookie

have to wait and see!

Posted by entropy_aegis

@MattGalvatron said:

I hate to say it but I think the end of this book Morrision will make us cry by

I really like the guy but that's my guess.

It's the end of season 1,there's still another year of stories remaining so chill.

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