Most of this month’s 0 issues from DC this month are origin retellings. They take place before the current storyline, which makes them distracting above all else. Batman Inc. 0 doesn’t feel like that – it could just as easily place after Batman Inc. 3, yet the number zero isn’t inappropriate either. This is a great issue on its own merits.
Like every other DC title, I haven’t read much outside of the new 52. I’ve heard lots of good things about the previous Batman Inc.; I just don’t know how this series compares to its predecessor.
This issue is mostly a montage full of Batman kick starting his Batman Inc. initiative. We meet a number of vigilantes from across the world who were inspired by Batman. These introductions are entertaining and sometimes amusing. While there isn’t much character development, there’s still a good moment between Bruce Wayne and Alfred at the end of the issue. This comic is mostly build up though – very exciting build up.
The art works very well for this issue too. Each country Batman visits has a slightly different colour shade. Australia’s shade feels like the outback while Russia’s shade reminds you of the bitter winters they face every year. These shades give the comic an atmospheric feel that no dialogue alone could accomplish.
This is a great comic and there’s not much else to say. It simultaneously makes the 0 issue month gimmick work while showing how pointless it is. It’s an easy recommendation for anyone who is interested in a global network of Batmen.
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