“Batman, Incorporated” #2 is less about Batman and a great deal more about Talia al Ghul. In that sense, this book feels more like a “Batman Family” title than a “Batman, Incorporated” yarn. Batman himself is on these pages only in cameo flashback appearances, where it serves Grant Morrison’s examination of Batman’s most dangerous femme fatale.
Fairbairn’s cool colors make a splash as soon as you look at the cover, setting the tone and temperature in the chilly conversation between Talia and her father, Ra’s. Particularly on the double-page spread containing the creator credits, Fairbairn’s work transcends simple colors filling the white spaces of Chris Burnham’s work and becomes as critical to the beautiful art as Burnham’s drawings.
Burnham fills this story with characters that are refined and detailed, emoting and moving in a zany, madcap manner. Burnham doesn’t shy from drawing distinct people in the crowd at a mega, Live Aid-like concert. His background actors are not mannequins, but true extras, shipped in and paid a day’s wages. The art is just as detailed when it comes to the interiors of Ra’s al Ghul’s palace, down to the marble lines and nicks in the decorative concrete. In short, “Batman, Incorporated” #2 is a very pretty book.
Luckily, Morrison pens a fast-paced story to match the energetic art, making this issue an enjoyable read despite the relative lack of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego. I haven’t drunk much of the Morrison Kool-Aid since his “Doom Patrol.” In that time, I’ve discovered that I really enjoy some of his stories and am quite indifferent in other instances. This Talia spotlight issue is one of the former, proving Talia a force to be reckoned with as she sets her determination to bring the battle to Batman.
I’ve been getting my Batman fix from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s work on “Batman” with an occasional serving of “Batman & Robin” from Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason. With this sampling of “Batman, Incorporated,” however, I find that I just might be in the market for yet another Bat-title.