Wednesday Comics Review: Batman Incorporated #7 And FF #5
By Rich Johnston
By Erik Norris
Up until this point, Morrison has only shown us a sliver of what these characters are like when operating away from Batman's large, looming shadow. And while Batman does obviously show face here in issue #7, it's the parts before his arrival which are truly special. In some ways, South Dakota is almost worst off than Gotham. Instead of gimmicky villains causing terrorism, South Dakota is plagued by extreme poverty. It's a facet of this issue that Morrison plays up in order to show the humanitarian qualities that Man-of-Bats and Raven show for their community.
Batman Incorporated #7–Review
By Minhquan Nguyen
Each of these Batmen represent an aspect of the original: Nightrunner protects the people who revile him; El Gaucho puts fighting for justice over his debonair, billionaire lifestyle; Man of Bats polices his select domain to protect it from itself. Placing that domain on a Native American reservation could’ve opened the story to any number of politically dicey clichés, but Morrison avoids them by giving everyone some measure of depth, even Sam Black Elk, who despite being a dog-kicking, drug-dealing, wannabe gangster lord, offers a surprisingly credible motivation for his gang: they fight “the laws that keep us down.”
By Greg McElhatton
For more on the subject, see Indian in RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #4 and Chief Man-of-the-Bats.