Oh, hey there! Welcome to the blog. You probably got here through the link at the top of the home page, or by finding my last post categorised under “Grant Morrison’s Batman run” in the side bar. However you did it, hello.
This page is a collection of all the posts I wrote on Grant Morrison’s Batman run, which I had collected in trade paperbacks and a few hardcovers. That’s twelve books in total and a lot of issues. Being twelve books long, I could have just written twelve reviews for each book, saving myself a great deal of time. But I did not. Instead, I went through every book one by one and wrote posts for their issues / chapters individually or in groups of twos or threes – the only exceptions being Final Crisis and The Return of Bruce Wayne which I reviewed as a whole – as if I were reading them at the time they were released, discussing where the different series’ might head. It was just a bit of fun but I’d like to think that it makes for more entertaining reading than some boring reviews. This took me around four months in total but as of the 5th April, 2014 – I’m currently writing this on the 6th – I was finally done, and thought that I might as well put every post I made on the one page for easier reading if anyone ever cares to have a look.
In the future I may update this page with new entries. Two books that I never read, but are connected to the run, are Seven Soldiers and 52. Not completely necessary reading but, if I ever buy them, I’ll probably read and review them in the context of the role they play here. Although not really having anything to do with the run, Grant Morrison has written two other Batman books long before all these too: Arkham Asylum and Gothic. Somewhere in my blog entries I do mention these once or twice because Morrison does make use of some of the same ideas in them, but if I get round to re-reading those books again, I might add a few “bonus” posts detailing what those ideas are and their relation here a bit more in-depth.
Finally, having enjoyed this run so much, one of the things I intend to do when I’m not wasting the money elsewhere is buy the Absolute editions where I can. As I write this, there is only these special editions for Final Crisis and Batman and Robin, but one for Batman Incorporated will be released at the end of this year in time for Christmas. Since one of my future intentions with this blog is to post picture reviews of some of the more expensive books I own, or those that look better in a collection than your typical trade paperback – the Hellboy Library Editions, for instance – that means those Absolute’s will probably be reviewed that way, and I might as well add them here as some additional posts.
Otherwise, this long series is finally over, and this is a contents page of every post I made for the sake of easier reading. Enjoy.
(Merely an introduction to what the run’s about, what I knew before I started, and what my reading order plan was)
(One of the cool things about Morrison’s run is that he brings a lot of forgotten stories back into continuity, and I examine some of these old tales here)
(One of the more specific stories that’s altered slightly is Son of the Demon in which we find Batman has a son with Talia al Ghul at the end, and I read this before starting)
(What it says)
Batman and Son
(Quite an interesting post on my thoughts and worries for the run)
The Black Glove
(One of my favourite posts in which I argue against the criticism you can still find levelled at this run)
(A post in which I explain the deal with the absence of a Final Crisis review, and a confusing thing I found about two stories called Last Rites found at the end of Batman R.I.P.)
(Interestingly enough, the latter isn’t much of a review – the book was so complex that I found it difficult to talk about as a whole. But I also include the annotations I used when reading it, making the post half un-review ad half reading guide)
(A book you could skip but I reviewed the four main issues of anyway)
Batman and Robin
(A book I found very confusing by the end, but explain the basic gist as well as a few other possibilities)
(A one-shot issue found at the end of Batman and Robin that bridges the gap towards Batman Incorporated)
Batman Incorporated, Volume 1
Batman Incorporated, Volume 2
Batman Incorporated, Volume 3
(My last ever post on the series, I hope giving it the send off it deserves)
Phew! If you find that any of these links are incorrect, please let me know and I’ll get it sorted. In addition, if the format of this page could be better, send any suggestions my way and I might change it.
Thanks – Jordan