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Batman, Incorporated #7 - Medicine Soldiers Review

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Man-of-Bats and Red Raven get the spotlight. Hopefully they'll survive.

Finally Man-of-Bats and Red Raven get some time focused on them. Unfortunately...things might not turn out too well for them.

The Good

Lately Batman Incorporated has had its ups and downs. This issue is one of the ups. I would implore everyone to read Batman: The Black Glove from 2009. Seeing all the Batmen of all Nations members was a great nod to the past. Seeing characters like Man-of-Bats left me wondering when we would see more of them. With this issue focusing on them, we see that not all issues need to have Batman in the spotlight. The reality of where Man-of-Bats and Red Raven operate really says a lot about their characters. They come from a world completely different from Gotham City. With the threat of Leviathan, the risks have grown exponentially for the Dynamic Duo of South Dakota.

Grant Morrison elevates the characters to a new level. We got a taste in The Black Glove but seeing them here and what they have to operate with, you have to gain a new respect for them. This is a more realistic look at the DC Universe and seeing how Batman Incorporated would fit in is a great read.

Chris Burnham's art is pretty sweet as well.He's a great addition to the title and I've enjoyed each issue he draws. His gritty, yet detailed approach added a new layer to the story and it's one of those issues that I wouldn't want to imagine someone else doing (I do that from time to time, imagine what it'd be like if certain artists did the issue).

The Bad

The scene with the dog. If you read the issue, you'll know what I'm talking about.

As much as I like the concept of Man-of-Bats and Red Raven but I'm not sure how they would fit in with Batman Incorporated. This is something that is addressed and it simply feels as if we're talking about two different worlds.

The Verdict

A focus on Man-of-Bats and Red Raven has been long overdue. The duo's time in the spotlight might be cut short as the threat of Leviathan is ramping up the dangers they are used to dealing with in their hometown. Morrison's decision to give us an inside look at the two elevates their characters to a new level. Batman may be challenged from time to time in Gotham City but with the way these two take their battle to the streets, they should be commended. Chris Burnham is always a joy to see on this title and his art style fits in perfectly with the characters and their environment. Hopefully the duo will survive so we can see more stories with them.

10 Comments
Posted by doordoor123

What an awesome issue. I think these two are my favorite two Batman Inc.ers But I agree with you. It doesnt seem like they would fit in. It felt like a much darker world than we usually see in DC.
Edited by CombatSpoon86

Finally Batman Inc is getting good just when it's about to go on hiatus until next yr. Man of Bat and Red Raven were so entertaining throughout the book I couldn't put it down. I felt sorry for that dog who kept getting abused.

Posted by johnny_spam

I've been loving Batman Inc but what hurt this series is the delays. A Batman series with one to two issue arcs is something that could be a breath of fresh air but only if it comes out along with the other books. Next issue itself is also being delayed (I think because of CGI art).  If minor things in this run like graffiti in Batman and a drug in Batman and Robin as well as a necklace in Return of Bruce Wayne had a place in the story I am sure these two have a role somewhere.

Posted by TheHood

I haven't been reading this series, (or an DC for that matter. But I'm planning to start when the relaunch happen) but I picked this one up because Chris Burnham was at my local comic book store, lol. Haven't read it yet, but I thought I'd brag.

Posted by MrSeaman70

I'm so used to Batman-Bruce Wayne being a lone ranger or having just one sidekick at a time. All this Batman Inc seems out of the norm / out of character for Batman.
Posted by longbowhunter

Damn I loved this issue. Man of Bats and Red Raven are great I'd love to see more of them and Chris Burnham.
Posted by Silkcuts

I thought the Dog scene was fitting, part of the reason We3 worked so well was the fact that it was a horrific manipulation of house hold pets.  In North America some pets live better then some humans, seeing a dog miss treated like it was was the right feel I think Grant Morrison wanted to raise in some "dog lovers". I wonder how much the story would change if morrison didn't lose 2 pages each issue do to the "Drawing the line".

Posted by Eyz

Loving the whole Batman inc direction^^
The last issues have been pretty amazing!

Posted by BlackPookie

yeah i liked it too... 
and as u said it.. batman inc really has its ups and downs...  
i wish all issues were ups!
Posted by Silkcuts
@johnny spam said:
I've been loving Batman Inc but what hurt this series is the delays. A Batman series with one to two issue arcs is something that could be a breath of fresh air but only if it comes out along with the other books. Next issue itself is also being delayed (I think because of CGI art).  If minor things in this run like graffiti in Batman and a drug in Batman and Robin as well as a necklace in Return of Bruce Wayne had a place in the story I am sure these two have a role somewhere.
agreed that the delays are hurting this series enjoyment.  Morrison does have the advantage a lot of his fans are trade readers.