Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Batman Incorporated #9 Review


You Can Be My Wingman Anytime   

Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: John Timms, Rex Lokus & Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 13, 2023

Batman Incorporated has grown on me since the end of its first arc.  I'm not saying the book was terrible initially, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't overcrowded.  Since then, Ed Brisson has done a better job developing his cast of characters, and while I am still here mainly for Ghostmaker, I do like this team.  Of course, this new arc is all about Joker Inc, and things are already getting personal!  So, let's see what Dusty Bronco and the rest of the Jokers are up to this month...

The issue opens with the Tap Dance Man (I always thought that was Gregory Hines, RIP) Jokering it up in Argentina while Ghostmaker and El Gaucho watch on with... the Joker.  I would say "real" or even "number one" Joker, but who knows anymore.  Three Jokers, Faux Joker,  Nikola Jokić?  It doesn't help that most writers seem to avoid talking to each other about continuity and synergy.  Come to think of it, that sucks!

After seeing that Joker Inc has a bit of a Suicide Squad feel, we find out that it's all Joker's plan to improve Ghostmaker.  At least, that's what he's saying.  The Joker is more worried that Ghostmaker might become too much like the real Batman and isn't into that sort of threeway...right now.  The funny thing is that I don't want Ghostmaker to become too much like Batman, either!  Holy shit!  I may be slipping over to #TeamJoker, which is why Brisson's story is so cool!

We then go off to see the various other members of Batman Inc tracking down their own Jokers, and it's fun to see them all, though the situation isn't much fun.  If it wasn't for all the hostage-taking and murdering, you know what I'm saying?!?!  John Timm's art shines throughout, and I'm sure everyone will have their favorite Batman Inc member by now.  Mine is Wingman, but only because I think he is Bruce Wayne in disguise.  If I am right, it will make this issue's big cliffhanger even crazier!!!

Before we get to that, though, we see that all of Batman Incorporated is spread thin and ill-prepared to deal with the sort of mayhem that Joker Inc is prepared to dish out.  Ed Brisson is doing a great job twisting a handful of Batman / Joker cliches and making them feel fresh and dangerous.

Batman Incorporated #9 reveals the Joker's crazy plan to shut down Ghostmaker and his team.  It's not a shocking reveal, but it makes sense and makes me very interested to see how it all plays out.  I already mentioned John Timms's excellent art, but I will again... it's excellent!  This is a setup issue, so the overall plot doesn't progress much here; there are enough reveals and various character interactions to make it a satisfying read.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman Incorporated #9 is another good issue in an increasingly good series.  Ed Brisson and John Timms are really getting into a good groove here, I just hope it's not too late.


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