I forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first time around, but knowing all that happens down the line makes re reading Batman and Son all the fun and rewarding For example, I didn t notice the graffiti featured in the background of the first issue Zur En Arrh which is relevant because Batman becomes the Batman of Zur En Arrh in the Batman RIP arc, a couple of years after this issue came out It really shows the extensive planning and effort Morrison puts into his work.
The opening sequence set in London is a brilliant start Here Talia doses a number of her assassins with Kurt Langstrom s Manbat serum while Bruce is attending a pop art exhibition in the National Gallery and meets Jezebel Jet The pop art exhibition is a masterstroke by Morrison as the pieces look like Roy Lichtenstein s work so you get captions like WOW in the background art when Jezebel is introduced looking amazing of course or POW when Batman is fighting the Manbats It reads like an episode of Adam West Batman Incredible.
Damian, once he s introduced to Bruce, is a very different character to the one most readers will have gotten used to in recent years Initially, he s basically a stone cold psycho He beats the crap out of both Tim and Alfred, and decapitates a D list villain before his father appears to stop him Damian s character evolution over the series is brilliant That he learns with his time as Robin and changes his attitude to fit to a honourable code like Batman s than the bloodthirsty and inhumane one that he was indoctrinated with by Talia and Ra s, makes him that much of a complex and involving character to the reader It s the fact that we ve seen him change over the years which goes some way to explaining why the reaction to his death earlier this year elicited such a strong reaction among the fans But seeing him here at the start of his journey is quite striking in his brutality.
Morrison also begins experimenting with style immediately in this first book I love that he doesn t even give the readers a grace period and starts playing with form and implementing his years long story right off the bat no pun intended We get a prose issue starring the Joker, that I will say was the weakest part of the book there is a reason why Morrison is an acclaimed comic book writer than a novelist and then the book closes out by jumping ahead 20 years to Damian as Batman operating in a nightmarish Gotham City that s gone to hell Incredibly, this issue would receive a second part 6 years later with New 52 Batman Incorporated 5 and Andy Kubert is working on a miniseries out later this year as well This is also the start of Morrison s Bat menagerie with Alfred the Cat making his first appearance Once , Morrison impresses with his long game approach to Batman.
The Damian as Batman issue and the opening Manbat sequence in the art gallery were my favourite parts of the book but I enjoyed all of it really It s such a solid start to a legendary run that holds up on re reads as much as it does reading it for the first time Batman and Son is an outstanding Batman book that every fan will love And the fact that Alfred reads Artemis Fowl means I might just have to pick up one of those books now Morrison s Batman begins with this book and it rules Batman has a son and it s something of a surprise as to how and when it happened unless you ve been collecting Batman comics for decades see spoilers below and yeah it s no suprise Grant Morrison mined this one His son, Damian, is a little squirt who has been taught by evil yet capable assassins and the like so he goes trying to help his father and while there why not eliminate a Bat sibling or two Meanwhile, Batman before and after said event above is advised by Alfred to maintain his playboy image as Bruce Wayne so off he goes to Europe to do his part and wouldn t you know it but man bat ninjas are assaulting the party Were they trying for some symbolism here Heh Oh, he also gets to start a relationship with model turned princess dictator of a foreign country superstar Jezebel Jet Definitely notice the name and she ll be a recurring character for a time.
Look for the Bane wanna be In the middle there is an abrupt stop and we get a short story dealing with Batman and the Joker and a smidgen of artwork I skipped this one as I wasn t in the mood for a short story I read those separately from graphic novels thank you very much.
There s a last chapter bit which forwards into the future as Damian as the new Batman in an overcoat but with a lethal edge he doesn t mind guns somewhat allied with Commissioner Barbara Gordon as they take out the evil Batman who is dressed at Batman and if you follow the Bat Family you shouldn t be surprised it s probably Jason Todd.
This tale is before Batman R.
P which was before Infinite Crisis Clue trails are in each of the books but unless you re a Batman pro you won t spot some of them and I daresay that most of the pros won t spot all of them because Morrison knows how to mine and twist old Batman stories Written by Grant Morrison and artwork by Andy Kubert Artwork was well done with proper panel spacing and emotional close ups that were not over the top Well colored so kudos to Guy Major and Dave Stewart for their contributions And I m going to mention letterer Jared K Fletcher in case he s reading this as I m getting familiar with the names and I see him a lot in the credits.
ARTWORK PRESENTATION B to B plus CHARACTERS DIALOGUE B to B plus STORY PLOTTING PANELS B BATMAN MYTHOLOGY something new A minus ACTION SCENES B to B plus OVERALL GRADE B to B plus WHEN read mid to late December 2012 view spoiler SPOILERS So Morrison mined the idea from Batman Son of the Demon in 1987 Batman and Talia al Ghul had a son when she drugged him out but then as Batman became overly protective of a pregnant Talia and began to change she didn t like it and pretended his death The tale left with the boy being given to some family IGN gave this graphic novel 7 in the 25 greatest Batman graphic novels.
In the Morrison version Talia changed her mind and or you can believe the boy was put into test tubes and made into the ultimate super villain hero He s there to occupy Batman while Talia causes trouble but then she s hard to read.
Some claim Damian is the father of Terry McGinnes in Batman Beyond but that isn t the case in the TV series.
The Three Ghosts is in reference to three police officers who were endowed with Bat powers in case Batman ever bit it The dream tale deals with encountering them as they murder criminals They are not all fully detailed in this installment Morrison said you had to read to get the full details but their names are Bat Cop, Bat Bane and Bat Devil I believe the former is the battered Batman who ends up shooting the Joker in the face hide spoiler
In the middle of a story involving man bat ninjas, among other things, Ra s Al Ghul s daughter dumps a ten year old brat off at the Batcave, saying he s Batman s son Damian, raised by the League of Assassins, shakes things up immediately and raises the ire of Robin Who will emerge as Batman s heir I swore I reviewed this when I read it but apparently I didn t Morrison picks up a plot thread left over from the twenty year old Son of the Demon story and runs with it Damian, Batman s alleged offspring, is a colossal prick and provides a nice contrast to the usual Batman and Robin relationship Overall, I liked the story but it wasn t a masterpiece The most memorable part for me was the Man Bat ninja s and Damian decapitating the main villain The future story where Damian is Batman was kind of pointless being that it will immediately be invalidated when Morrison stops writing Batman In all likelihood, so will Damian s place as Batman s son, for that matter.
Not a bad read but pretty pricey in hardcover It s a must read for people that are fans of Morrison s run with Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin.
Grant Morrison s epic run on Batman has ended with Batman Incorporated so what better time to start the series than with the book that kicked it all off Batman and Son.
Batman discovers he has a son Damian following a druggy one night stand years ago with Talia Al Ghul who stole his DNA and combined it with hers to grow Damian in a lab Jezebel Jet is introduced as Bruce s love interest, Joker pops up for his usual Joker shenanigans, and the book ends with a grown up Damian in the future, now the Batman of Gotham City.
I loved reading Batman and Son it is a fun and rewarding read Morrison provided a lot of clues as to the direction the R.
P Series in Batman Black Casebook For example, notice the graffiti featured in the background of the first issue Zur En Arrh a clue from The Black Casebook It really shows the extensive planning and effort Morrison puts into his work.
The opening sequence set in London is a brilliant start view spoiler Here Talia doses a number of her assassins with Kurt Langstrom s Manbat serum while Bruce is attending a pop art exhibition in the National Gallery and meets Jezebel Jet The pop art exhibition is a masterstroke by Morrison as the pieces look like Roy Lichtenstein s work so you get captions like WOW in the background art when Jezebel is introduced looking amazing of course or POW when Batman is fighting the Manbats It reads like an episode of Adam West Batman Brilliant.
Soon, we meet Damian, Bruce s son Initially, he s a stone cold psycho He beats the crap out of both Tim and Alfred, and decapitates a D list villain before his father appears to stop him hide spoiler