Saturday, June 1, 2013

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Batman Incorporated #11

Suffice it to say, I had a crazy, busy week which is why my Pick of the Week is coming this late.

Batman Incorporated #11
written by Chris Burnham, not Grant Morrison
art by Jorge Lucas, not Chris Burnham

I enjoyed reading this issue SO MUCH!

The story breaks away a bit from what's been happening in the regular Batman story-line following the after-affects of Damian's death. Life goes on for Batman Incorporated, and considering how huge it's reach is, that makes sense.

Here we have the japanese Batman fighting along-side Canary. They're trying to stop the villains, a bunch of motorcycle-clad women who vaguely remind me of the Power Rangers. The issue is very absurd. The villains are catty and mean. They make fun of a schoolgirl calling her "Sailor Pizza-face," which is awful and a little funny, too. I took to reading this issue thinking "what the h-ll..." but the more I read on, the more I came to love this issue.

When something tragic happens like a character's death, it's important to have a bit of closure and a time for the characters to mourn, but reading too much of that stuff can get depressing which is why it's great to have a break and enjoy a little humor. This issue provides just that. What's more, there's even a bit of romance with japanese Batman and Canary. They go on the cutest miniature date together.

Bottom-line, this issue is strange and fun. The art does a great job of capturing the mood of the story in all it's whacky glory. I liked it and if you keep an open mind, you might like it, too.

-O.Pelaez

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