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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 

USA Today fawns over Morrison's needless Batman Inc.

USA Today writes a sugary article about Batman Inc. and its writer, Grant Morrison, and begins with this tedious tripe:
Since Scottish writer Grant Morrison took over guiding Batman and his consortium of Gotham City characters five years ago, he has given the Dark Knight a son, killed and replaced him for a while, had him travel through time and now has him recruiting Batmen all over the world.

And before his run is over, Morrison is promising an epic of Shakespearean proportions.
Unfortunately, he never did provide that when Bruce Wayne was lost in time, so why should we expect any better from this?
Morrison admits that as a writer, he's become emotionally invested in the character in the past five years.

"The great thing about Batman is that he's a problem solver," Morrison says.
If only he could solve the ones Morrison himself has caused, like these very publicity stunts, which he boasts about as "bold new directions". Unfortunately, Bruce Wayne is a fictional character, at the mercy now of a whole bunch of awful writers and editors. As for emotional investment, I'd say it's about as much as J. Michael Stracynski was invested in Spider-Man.

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The length of Shakespeare, yes. The quality of Shakespeare, no.

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