One of the most talked about Batman series in years, from writer Grant Morrison, BATMAN INCORPORATED marked the beginning of a new direction for the world’s greatest detective. While Dick Grayson took the reins in Gotham, Bruce Wayne established worldwide Batman “franchises.”
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The first eight issues of the hot new series are collected in this new, deluxe edition hardcover – which now includes new BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES #1! After Bruce Wayne tells the world that he is the financial backer of Batman, he establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen to protect the entire globe. This is the beginning of a stunning new direction for the world’s greatest detective that will team him with Catwoman, Batwoman and Batman Incorporated representatives on international crimefighting missions against Lord Death Man in Japan, South America and Argentina.
Then, from the pages of the LEVIATHAN STRIKES special, Batman realizes to his horror that he’s been outwitted as the true identity of Leviathan continues to elude him.
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Last week I read The Path #1-10, which was an amazing find from the back issue bins. This week it was time to read something new, something exciting, and something with ninjas. It was time for crime. And I found an amazing crime story in BLUE ESTATE VOL. 1, collecting the first four issues of the series written by Viktor Kalvachev and Andrew Osborne, illustrated by Toby Cypress, Nathan Fox, Viktor Kalvachev, published by Image Comics. Visit the official site here.
Crime comics don’t get much better than this. So far in the first 4 issues, our characters are the former action movie star, his body guard, his wife the former actress, the wife’s brother, the wife’s AA Sponsor (who happens to be a hitman), the brother’s stripper girlfriend, at least one mafia boss, and a couple of mob thugs thrown in for good measure. What are they all doing? The former movie star and body guard appear to be laundering money for the mob, the wife is just trying to escape the house because the husband is sick of her being in the tabloids, the hitman might be trying to get out of the biz even though he continues to shoot people, the brother might be running some sort of scam on the mob boss who happens to be the owner of the strip joint where the stripper girlfriend works… and the mob dude might have a crush on her. Got all that? Good because that’s the easy part. Keeping track of who may or may not be double crossing whom tends to get confusing.
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