BATMAN, INCORPORATED #4
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• BATMAN and TALIA AL GHUL continue their fight for control of their son DAMIAN – better known as ROBIN!

• WINGMAN and REDBIRD descent upon GOTHAM CITY! Who are these heroes, and what is their relationship to THE DARK KNIGHT?

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham
Cover by Chris Burnham
Variant Cover by Andy Clarke & Chris Burnham

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  1. More Robins! BRING EM ON.

  2. Neeks Neeks says:

    Are these characters new to the morrison batman run?? Ive only read the first volume of batman inc and this second one so far

    • WheelHands WheelHands says:

      Wingman was created back in ’51 as part of the Club of Heroes (imitators/admirers of Batman from around the world). That Wingman hadn’t appeared again until Morrison used him in The Black Glove. In that story, he’s grown jealous and bitter and is later revealed to have been working with the villain John Mayhew, who shoots him and tosses him out of a helicopter in the final chapter. This new Wingman is identity unknown and was the first unofficial member of Batman Inc. He leads a secondary Inc. team called the Club of Dead Heroes, which includes Batwing, Halo, and El Gaucho among others.

      Redbird is Damien Wayne. Bruce grounded him from being Robin for disobeying orders and using lethal force. Damien feels that since Bruce only grounded Robin, he’s free to fight crime as this new identity, Redbird. It’s a loophole.

    • WheelHands WheelHands says:

      Correction: The guys below reminded me that Bruce actually grounded Damien for his own protection. There’s a bounty out for him.

  3. robbydzwonar robbydzwonar says:

    Wingman is from his Club Of Heroes, Club Of Villains stuff he did back before RIP and even Return Of Ras Al Ghul stuff from years ago. I believe it was called The Island Of Mayhew.

  4. FINALLY!

    Was wondering when this was finally gonna come out. Feel like the story is a bit hampered though because books like Batman/Batman & Robin have addressed the bounty on Damian too much.

    • smo5000 smo5000 says:

      I completely agree. In this comic, he’s going out as Redbird to throw off the robin-hunters but in B&R he’s dressed as Robin in public and getting munched on by zombies. They should either bring up the bounty as something that has already passed (and is concluded in Batman Inc.) or not bring it up at all.

      It feels like zero month knocked a few of these stories off of their natural progression.

  5. I hoping this issue re-kicks off the series with a bang, just like the first issue did?!

  6. jasonwest says:

    Man, I know I’m in the the minority but I can not get into Morrison’s Batman at all. When he first started on the Batman book is was ok, and then it just went down hill for me. And it continued on his Batman & Robin and now both Batman, Inc. runs. So now I will bow out. for now. Is this book continuing after Morrison?

    • daningotham daningotham says:

      I don’t think so. I think I heard it is ending after issue #12 when Morrison’s story is done.

    • jasonwest says:

      @ daningotham Thank you for the info.

    • fearthejake fearthejake says:

      This was my last issue as well. I keep getting burned by Morrison. My biggest problem with his books is I always feel like I missed an issue. This issue makes a big deal about the big reveal of Wingman, but I honestly don’t remember him even apearing in this book so far. Maybe I need to go back and re-read the first 3.

  7. John Anderson jsa1036 says:

    I hope this issue finally reveals the new Wingman’s identity. The obvious choice would be Dick, but the way Burnham is drawing his lower jaw makes it look like someone considerably older.

    • ed209AF ed209AF says:

      I would never said the obvious choice would be dick they way they teased at it being his redemption. I’m putting my money on one of the Azraels.

    • WheelHands WheelHands says:

      @ed209AF: When Bruce told the new Wingman that it was a chance to redeem a name, I got the impression he was talking about the legacy of Wingman, not the name of whoever is under the mask. But you could be right.

      Neither Dick or Azrael jives with me though. I’m hoping it’s from left field.

    • John Anderson jsa1036 says:

      Yeah, I assumed the “redemption” was for the Wingman mantel after the original Wingman killed Dark Ranger. Not for the guy behind the mask. But I guess with the reveal, it kind of works both ways.

  8. sitara119 sitara119 says:

    ya know, we’ll probably get to issue 5 and outa nowhere Morrison will break from the climax of this story to tell us a back-story of Bat-Cow.
    Secret Origin of the Bovine-Bat.
    she is born, she grows up, wins a prize from the state fair and is thrown in the slaughterhouse after a mix up.
    i think that would be cool. :D

  9. Adrian Adrian says:

    Boy, does that banner ad really look great on the cover! As a comic book reader, I had no idea that a show about Green Arrow was coming out. I have to thank DC for putting the ad on the front cover so I would know.

  10. Xajoshua Xajoshua says:

    Can somebody explain the last couple pages to me? Why was Damian so freaked out by the Wingman reveal? And how does Batman go from “we can defeat a billion assassins!” to “You have to surrender, Damian”?

    • RecksDeud RecksDeud says:

      Sometimes, I think even Morrison himself doesn’t take Morrison seriously…

    • WheelHands WheelHands says:

      He doesn’t. It’s his detractors who take him too seriously.

    • smo5000 smo5000 says:

      Yeah, that was very confusing. Maybe his comics should have a serious-meter on them. So we would know exactly when he’s writing for shits-n-giggles or when he’s honestly trying to use serious conventions in his comics. I’m hoping the meter is way up there for the next issue, not really up for seeing future-Damian segue into a crappy Lumina Lux song for no reason.

      Overall it was a good issue though. Love the art, I was inspecting the panels throughout the whole thing.

    • sitara119 sitara119 says:

      my impression of why Damian was so freaked out, is that Jason Todd has murdered people. Robin was grounded for murdering, right? along with the price on his head.
      isn’t it a trust issue?
      “Jason Todd’s killed people and you can work with him, but not me? WTF?” is what i imagined he was thinking. i could be wrong. i haven’t read Vol 1, so i might be missing a couple of pieces to the puzzle.

    • Urthona Urthona says:

      I think in a way Morrison is taking a wink at divorce / child custody laws? Next issue I’m sure we’ll all see it was part of some big batman plan, bug I choose to think that Morrison was partly joking that in these divided parents custody battles, the father plays a losing role. Pretty funny I thought.

    • I totally did not understand why Batman suddenly sadly decided that Damian would have to go back to his mother because the League of Assassins/Leviathon would win…

  11. RecksDeud RecksDeud says:

    So I’m not wrong! I feel good about that…

    I will admit, his initial Batman stuff (Batman and Son, Black Glove, ect…) felt more weighty than this current Batman, Inc. run, but I like the direction of this book. In fact, I think I’ve grown to prefer it…

  12. Issues 1 & 2= Awesome!
    Issue 0= Good
    Issues 3 & 4= meh.

  13. Another solid issue – the art was great and the action scenes were really well done. I spent a lot of time with this issue – just studying all the details of the panels.

    I agree with the comments above though – it does seem to switch gears pretty quickly from “we can keep kicking ass as long as it takes” to “see ya later son …”

    Maybe it is all a ploy and Batman wants to get Robin on the inside of Leviathan. Who knows with Morrison though – a bullet might come from the future and kill him next issue …

  14. @Turd F. – I think you’re absolutely right about Damien being sent back to his mother. Bruce has been around his son long enough now to know that Damien would show up in that battle. And the manner in which Morrison wrote that cliffhanger was so over the top that it seemed clear to me that this was move he intended to make all along. And it is also possible that Damien is in on this too by his over the top reaction to Bruce as well. Some off panel planning to be revealed at a future date? Wouldn’t surprise me.
    Either way, this was so much fun to read.

    I don’t know if it was just me, but this issue felt like Burnham letting loose and being more like himself rather than an artist riffing on another artist. Whatever it is, I loved it!

    Can’t wait for some 666-verse next month.

  15. APoetSomeday APoetSomeday says:

    As usual, I dug the hell out of this book.

    Pulpy, engaging and often outrageous, ‘Batman Inc’ is the most purely fun Bat-Book I’ve read in a really, really long time. The energetic panels pop and explode with kinetic excitement, while the dialogue sizzles and effortlessly runs the tightrope between deep psychological drama and soap opera silliness. The hoards upon hoards of incredibly detailed, (yet somehow still minor) characters are constantly bringing me back to the older issues, immersing me completely in The Batman and his fictional world. There are a lot of Batbooks out there, but none as fast paced, funny and colourful as this one. Its a brand unto itself.

  16. JoshJones87 JoshJones87 says:

    Okay….I’m out. It’s been exhausting; pretending like I know what’s going on, trying to find the good in the book, reading all of the issues when a new one comes out to try and understand. I just straight up don’t get it. It breaks my heart to drop a bat book but this is way over my head. I guess I’m just a dummy.

  17. stasisbal stasisbal says:

    On the ending, I don’t think we’re necessarily supposed to know what is going on. The general idea is that Damien needed to be with Talia all along. The reasoning and more twists can come later. Perhaps it is all part of Batman’s plan.

    I love seeing the various members of Batman, Inc. working together. That scene where they cut the lights with the classic Burnham punch to the face in night vision was wicked.

  18. BradLWoods3 BradLWoods3 says:

    Decent issue. I loved the way Burnham drew Wingman. And Damien showing up as Redbird was cool. The ending about him having to return to Talia has me looking forward to the next issue. The Superman preview did absolutely nothing for me. That’s disappointing because I want to like Superman.

  19. daningotham daningotham says:

    Another great issue. Can’t wait to see Damian of the future again next issue.

  20. APoetSomeday APoetSomeday says:

    Was anybody else really surprised that a) Wingman didn’t turn out to be Superman (as he originally did back in the 50′s) and that b) Superman doesn’t seem to feature at all in ‘Batman INC’?

    Besides Robin, Alfred and Jim Gordon (obviously), I’ve always seen Supes as Batman’s closest ally. I’d like him to appear somewhere in this story, as I think Bruce would have carved a role out for him. However, I really love the way that ‘Batman INC’ is highlighting smaller, mostly forgotten characters from the darker corners of the DCU as well, so I wouldn’t want Supes taking over or anything.

    Then again, I also think it would be cool if Bruce left some clues in the future (maybe with adult Damian) as well and Kal Kent could show up at some stage. That would be awesome.

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