Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two Batmans (Batmen?)


Come November, DC are going to be facing an even bigger flood of Batman books than usual.

Launching in November is a new book titled Batman Inc. So far we know that by November (back-from-the-"dead") Bruce Wayne and (current-Batman-but-previously-Nightwing-and-previously-Robin) Dick Grayson will BOTH be wearing the Dark Knight's cape and cowl - Grayson with the original black Bat Symbol on his chest, and Wayne with the later-era yellow & black ellipse.

Joining them will be variants of Batman from all over the world - within the first few issues, Wayne will be recruiting a third batman to patrol the gothic back-alleys of South America (buh?). Further Batmans (Batmen? Batmi?) will join Batman Inc. in the following months.

To say I'm skeptical about this is an understatement. I'd like to slap Dan DiDio and scream "What the hell are you thinking?!?!". The basic premise seems, to be blunt, dumb. Imagine if, after the recent discovery of his Kandorian cousins, Superman has decided to share around the Big Blue franchise and placed Supermanses in all the different cities of the world. Comic geeks would have been rioting in the streets.

It's always a hard transition for fans when a legacy is handed from one character to the next. Grayson is relatively easy to deal with, as it's been on the cards as a possibility for many years (and even eventuated for a brief period, after Wayne "fired" Azrael), but a cadre of Batmens? Shoot me now.

-Chris

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