Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Scott Clark, Dave Beatty
Date: October 2011
My Rating: Fun, exciting, beautiful to look at – everything a comicbook should be!
I vastly enjoyed Batman Inc 8, it was an engaging and satisfying read. Wayne Tech has developed “Internet 3.0″, an immersive virtual reality environment that both recreates and enhances our own world. On top of all that, it looks like Tron!! Malware attacks during the demonstration to a group of investors, and Mr. Wayne reveals something very interesting about Internet 3.0:
I can’t get over how publicly Bruce is connecting Wayne Industries with Batman! And it seems like he’s selling Batman’s services, right? I’m not sure how I feel about all that, but we’ll see what happens. The title page of this issue is beautiful, Oracle is amazing on her lightcycle.
Batman and Oracle determine that one of the investors was a Trojan horse, bringing the malware in with him. They fight it out as though it’s a video game, I love the writing (“Boss Level!”) and the aesthetic.
Oracle isolates the virus and Batman realizes Tanaka was aided by Leviathan, so this all fits into that larger overall story. I think the Leviathan thing will be carried into the DCnU, but we’ll have to wait for the next run of Batman Inc. to find out what happens, and that waiting’s going to be hard.
I also just wanted to note that the artist’s name is spelled Dave Beatty on the cover, but Dave Beaty on the title page. Holy editing error, Batman! So amusing. Check it out, this is is the top of the cover: