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I Just Found This Out- Morrison Returns To Batman! With Quitely! In A New Series!

The mother ship and IGN both have info. IGN has the first cover.

It sounds like it’s part of Batman’s “new direction.” I’d prefer an All-Star style approach to continuity. And to be totally honest, I’d prefer a creator owned (or at least non-superhero) work out of these two, especially after RIP and (especially) Final Crisis. I liked those stories a lot, but I may be getting Morrison superhero fatigue at this point.

That said, it’s Morrison and Quitely. So that preceding paragraph is kind of bullshit, really. The only proper response is as follows:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And only that many exactly that many exclamation points are acceptable. Take note for future use.

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Wait, so this comic is in-continuity? So, does that mean that Talia’s demon spawn baby is the new Robin? Plus, (and I’m not being snarky; just realistic) …but how can a book that comes out four times a year be “in-continuity”?

Me; I’m hoping this is Morrison’s All-Star Batman Beyond book. That would explain the flying Batmobile.

Sweet. I think everyone knew this was coming, but there was always that chance that maybe the rumours weren’t true.

red-Ricky – based on the rumours that have been floating around for the last couple months, B&R will be a weekly book – Quitely’s going to do three issues, then another we’re going to get Mahnke and Tan for three issues, then it’s back to Quitely for another three. Or something like that, anyway.

Aaargh. That should say ‘monthly’ book, not weekly, obviously.

I’m not sure that Quitely would be able to keep a weekly schedule.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 10, 2009 at 10:48 pm

It’s always nice to have Brad remind us what we were all feeling a month earlier, when the news actually happened.

Yeah, Quitely on a weekly schedule would likely result in people’s faces looking even less human than they normally do on a Quitely book.

God, this is so awesome. I hope they somehow manage to work the We3 pets into Batman canon. And that one of them “decomish”es Damian with a heat seeking missile. Damian! ::shakes fist::

Nah, WE3’s already part of the X-Men canon.

“Quitely on a weekly schedule would likely result in people’s faces looking even less human than they normally do on a Quitely book.”

It would also result in more awesome than the universe could possibly sustain, so it’s probably a good thing all round.

Seems that, with ASB&R effectively cancelled, and the company’s top two talents now working on their top character, this is easily DC’s flagship book – not that it really matters, but anyone got any guesses what the sales ceiling is on this? Is Quitely on Batman a big enough draw with most fans to take top spot? I honestly have no idea.

I’d imagine it very well could, Rohan. Wasn’t Morrison’s Batman the #1 DC ongoing for most of his run?

@Rohan: This will almost definitely be the top seller each month as a lot of superhero fans will buy it out of love for the character almost without regard to the creative team (i.e. it will get the sales that a book automatically get just by BEING a Batman comic). Plus, it’ll rope in all the on-the-fence Morrison fans, and even people who think superheroes are shit will hop aboard because it’s Morrison/Quitely.

The only things that might work to detriment are
1) It’s not “Batma,” the one from the 40s, so it might lose some of the collectors of that title
2) It’s being released with seven other titles, so there’s a choosing aspect which might hurt the books sales

Still though, I doubt these little things could put a significant enough dent in sales to keep it out of the top slot.

On the other hand, Cass, there are those like myself who have always disliked Quitely’s Pucker-Faced art, and are completely burned out on Morrison. Being in-continuitiy is currently the only aspect of the book that gives me any interest, and it isn’t enough to make up for being Morrison/Quitely.

Not to mention that even though there are many who will buy it just because it is Morrison, there are many disappointed readers of Batman RIP and Final Crisis who will avoid it for the exact same reason.

This is a disaster. Grant Morrison is only capable of writing incomprehensible messes these days. RIP and Final Crisis stunk. There goes all of the fun out of Batman for the next five years. Booo!!!!

I just saw the preview art at IGN. I agree with the person who said Robin’s face looks like it is made entirely of tumors.

No accounting for taste, I guess. I’m very glad to see the rumors were true about this. This should be a lot of fun.

good news. coulda done without the ‘& robin’ though…

>…but how can a book that comes out four times a year be “in-continuity”?<

There’s been plenty of quarterly in-continuity books (all the Unlimited books at Marvel, for instance, or Superman: Man of Tomorrow at DC). Just takes a strong hand in editorial (which, admittedly, seems to be DC’s biggest weakness when it comes to all their books these days, not just Morrison’s stuff) to make sure everything lines up.

I still don’t like the linewide re-structuring (and don’t really have confidence in Morrison’s ability to write [spoilers, I suppose] Dick well, since he doesn’t seem like a very Morrisonian character. But, hey, Quitely’s always worth going out of the way for, even if I’d probably prefer him to take some time and put some issues in the bank for a monthly “here’s one year of a famous artist on Batman that you’ve always wanted to see” run a la Jim Lee and Hush.

For all the people who didn’t like RIP or Final Crisis, your hearts would be made of stone if you didn’t at least admire All Star Superman on some level.

At first I was a little disappointed that it’s not going to be Bruce Wayne and Tim Drake, but really if people wanted that Batman and comic they would all have bought Detective comics back in 1997 (when it wasn’t selling much) back when Dixon and Nolan were on the book for monthly Batman & Robin goodness.

But, we’ve already had 10 years of Bruce Wayne and sometimes Tim Drake, I think it’s time for a change. Also if I wanted Batman and Robin to never change, I might as well be reading Phantom comics, so bring it on!

I just hope Jamie Grant? remains on digital inks.

My ultimate fantasy would be if Grant Morrison got Cameron Stewart to go on pencils after they finished Seaguy….and then Darwyn Cooke. Please let somebody at DC read this.

@Killglance: Well I don’t think the fact that some people dislike Quitely will really change anything. It’s sort of an “all things equal” kind of thing, as there’s almost no artist who’s universally loved (I’ve seen hate on JH Williams and Darwynn Cooke even) and with Quitely, I get the impression that dislike is in the minority, though I could be way off as the internet is not always the best barometer for these kinds of things. But you made me think, there’s like a 99% overlap Morrison junkies and Quitely junkies, so they’re sort of double dipping in the same reader pool, which is not so great from a sales perspective. It might have been a better idea – and I may get reamed for saying this – to put maybe a Jim Lee on the book with Morrison and in that way pull from two (most likely) different schools of Batfans.

@Killglance and T: Yeah I didn’t consider the bad blood over Final Crisis, so that’s a very good point. But I still think it’s important not to underestimate the willingness of many superhero fans to buy books they don’t particularly like provided they know (1) it has Batman and (2) it’s in-continuity and “important.” Another push will be the undoubtedly strong critical reception for the book.

“Grant Morrison is only capable of writing incomprehensible messes these days. ”
No love for ASS?

I’ve loved everything these two have ever done together (though I haven’t had the privilege of reading Flex Mentallo).

This is great. I’m so glad the rumours are true. Morrison/Quitely on Batman & Robin and Rucka/Williams III on Detective? It’s going to be a good year for the Bat.

I think RIP was good, but shouldn’t have been hyped so much because it really wasn’t the legendary story it was billed as.

I enjoyed FC, but it definitely shouldn’t have been DCs summer event comic. Seven Soldiers was great, but FC was just enjoyable, and the event status and various pressures that go with it probably hobbled the series. World War Hulk was the perfect summer event comic in my view. Simple and action-packed. Final Crisis was just unnecessarily complex, and I think it was a bit of a fail on GoAC’s part (as well as the editors). Even Secret Invasion was too complicated for a summer event comic.

” @Killglance and T: Yeah I didn’t consider the bad blood over Final Crisis, so that’s a very good point. But I still think it’s important not to underestimate the willingness of many superhero fans to buy books they don’t particularly like provided they know (1) it has Batman and (2) it’s in-continuity and “important.” Another push will be the undoubtedly strong critical reception for the book. ”

Not to mention the fact that the fans who have bad blood over Batman RIP and Final Crisis are probably going to be incessantly bitching and moaning on the Internet, thus giving Morrison and Quitely’s Batman book free publicity. Even if they manage to refrain from buying the book out of habit, they’re still keeping it on the forefront of the marketplace by giving it controversy ( and from my perspective, an excellent if unintentional endorsement ).

Hello,
Just something funny I wanted to share:
my 4 year old just saw the cover and said” “that one Batman, that one Joker”
How is it that All Star Superman looked so good, and this doesn’t?
Best,
LJ

Well, I’m flippin’ excited, but will be poorer than ever in June from buying too many comics.

This is gonna be awesome.

Good god. I don’t think I’ve read a Batman comic, really, in 30-odd years … but when did Robin become a genetically blighted midget? How hilariously repulsive.

That, or Quitely take his usual weeks to labor over a single drawing. (What does he do, draw one line a day & then go lie down from exhaustion?)

Duh. “Quitely FAILED TO take” …

Wouldn’t Robin tip over if his head was really that big?

Nitz the Bloody

March 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm

” Good god. I don’t think I’ve read a Batman comic, really, in 30-odd years … but when did Robin become a genetically blighted midget? How hilariously repulsive. ”

A few small lines on the face make you think he’s hideous? The criticisms Quitely’s faces get seem to be the result of the superhero genre having artists who largely draw characters with identical Ken-doll features.

” That, or Quitely take his usual weeks to labor over a single drawing. (What does he do, draw one line a day & then go lie down from exhaustion?) ”

It seems to me like the people who complain over slow artists generally are not artists themselves, else they would have a frame of reference for the time it takes to draw comics ( and the even greater amount of time it takes to draw comics at the level Quitely does ).

Nitz —

It is, of course, a matter of taste, but my impression of Robin’s head was that it was so broad & oversized as to appear downright misshapen. Had he taken the same approach in rendering Batman, I wouldn’t have been so taken aback. (And as for “the superhero genre having artists who largely draw characters with identical Ken-doll features,” I’ll note that some of my favorite artists ever have not fallen into that rut … I’m aware of nothing, for instance, in Pat Boyette’s or Tom Sutton’s ouvres that come with a country mile of “Ken-doll features.”)

C’mon, though, let’s be honest — the kid looks like an unfortunate product of incest with an unhealthy dose of alcohol fetal syndrome thrown in. Really, he does. (And I’ve spent nearly my entire life in the South, so I by god know from unfortunate products of incest.)

As for the time Quitely takes — nope, I’m not an artist. I just believe that anyone who can’t draw comics in anything approaching a timely manner probably shouldn’t be in the field, just as a newspaper reporter (my profession for most of my adult) who writes flawless copy but can’t come within shouting distance of a deadline to save his life would probably be better off writing for magazine or book publication.

Most of my adult LIFE. Damn whoever it is who refuses to allow an editing function here.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 11, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Not to mention that even though there are many who will buy it just because it is Morrison, there are many disappointed readers of Batman RIP and Final Crisis who will avoid it for the exact same reason.

Who was disappointed by RIP?
People who had ignored the rest of the run, but wanted to see the ‘death’ of Batman?
People who are scared of a little psychology in their stories?

I hadn’t been a big fan of the rest of his run, but RIP changed all that.

I dig the cover, bobble headed Robin and all. However, that interior page is incomprehensible, which is something I would not expect from an artist like Quitely. Moreover, of all the books I could think to put this team on, Batman has to be at the bottom of my list. If they had to do super heroes, put them on Green Lantern or Flash. Ah well, there’s always Seaguy.

Wasn’t Morrison supposed to be done with mainstream superhero stuff.

Wasn’t he supposed to be done, like, eight years ago?

He might be done for a while once he finishes his Batman run. This is part of his Batman run.

And he DIDN’T say he was quitting mainstream comics in the past?

I might be thinking of someone else. Never mind.

Anyway, I’m sort of agreeing with the comment. I think Quitely’s a hell-of-an-artist, (I mean, duh), but he doesn’t strike me as your go-to guy for moody noir or Jim Aparo style action. I’m sure there’ll be some kick-ass Bruce Wayne scenes, but it seems like an odd choice.

So this pretty much confirms Damian is the new Robin. But is that Dick in the bat-costume?

“The criticisms Quitely’s faces get seem to be the result of the superhero genre having artists who largely draw characters with identical Ken-doll features.”

Doesn’t bug me too much, but then I’d rather see ever comic DC does ape the look of the DCAU anyway.

“So this pretty much confirms Damian is the new Robin. But is that Dick in the bat-costume?”

Based on what I read of Battle for the Cowl… probably. They’ve seemingly set up everyone BUT him to be Batman as a red herring.

Quitely has drawn Batman before in the one-shot Batman: The Scottish Connection written by Alan Grant. I don’t recall it that well, but it looked pretty good. I remember Bruce Wayne being gigantic and looking a lot like Quitely’s Clark Kent.

http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=44960

There’s a struggle going on in my brain between the parts that care very much about Morrison and Quitely and the parts that care not at all about Batman or Morrison’s recent DCU writing. Hm.

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