Friday, December 31, 2010
Here are some things that you can already look forward to:
1) A price drop by DC Comics to $2.99 on all their books.
2) Fear Itself: Marvel's first GIANT event since Secret Invasion.
3) Don Knotts & Barry White Retirement Ceremony
4) Our first tailgate party of the year: Green Hornet!
5) Our first signing of the year this January! (More info to be released soon)
OUR TOP 5 PICKS FOR THIS WEEK:
DON KNOTTS & BARRY WHITE
(AND THE NEW $5 UNVEILING!)
Those of you who have been with us for awhile know that every year we change the person who adorns our $5 coupons that we give out. Well, for the first time ever we will be having a special ceremony to commemorate their service to Comic Book Jones by retiring our old friends Don Knotts and Barry White. As you see in many sports arenas, we'll be raising a banner to the rafters for each of them, retiring them from service forever. We will also be unveiling the celebrity to grace our brand new $5 bills for 2011. Attendees will have the honor of being the first to get our new $5 bills. The date for this is still in the works but it will be within the next couple of weeks so sit tight and keep your eyes open for updates!
GREEN HORNET TAILGATE PARTY
It's our first tailgate party of the new year! Join us on Thursday, January 13th as we celebrate the release of Green Hornet in theaters. Grab your ticket to the midnight showing and come down to the store starting at 9pm for some free refreshments and nice sale where everything in the store is between 10% - 70% off. Wow! We'll also be running specials on all Green Hornet comics (and there's a lot of them) so be sure not to miss it.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
As always you are more than welcome to send YOUR scans to email@example.com for inclusion in future galleries! We all want to see what YOU got!!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
I should also add that you are all on Santa’s NICE list simply for reading the ramblings that I have been tossing over the fence all year. Talk about HEROES! Sheesh!
It certainly has been a GREAT year for our hobby!
Batman is back!...and Xeroxed! In fact there promise to be SO many Batmen that you will need a score card to keep up!
DC has rolled back the price on their regular comics to $2.99 which is welcome news!
Daredevil certainly made a mess of Hell’s Kitchen and is off on sabbatical as we speak!
The X-Men are still so plentiful as to be…confusing…BUT entertaining!
Hell!...even ARCHIE is getting a lot of play in the media.
And NEAL ADAMS is BACK!!!!!!!!
Marvel has been teasing us with a bunch of one line …ummm…TEASERS for the coming story arcs among their major characters. Can this truly be THE DEATH OF SPIDERMAN? All I can say is if Superman, Batman, Captain America, Green Lantern, Spock, and Buffy can die (Buffy died TWICE by the way) than so can Spidey. Though rumor has it that it is the Ultimate Spidey’s demise that is in the offing. Stay tuned.
Superhero and comic related TV and film rocked again this year with Iron Man 2, Kick Ass and Jonah Hex on the big screen and Walking Dead (which has been picked up for a 13 episode season two in 2011), Smallville on TV. Not to mention Superman/Batman Apocalypse and Superman/Shazam on DVD! 2011 promises even more video goodness with Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America, Green Hornet and X-men: First Class all releasing in the months ahead! Personally I think the real plumb of 2011 COULD be the animated version of All Star Superman! The footage at NYCC looked GREAT. All Star Superman releases direct to video in February so watch for it!
The new MMORPG DC Universe Online is set to release in 2011 and the advance buzz is so positive that I may just have to subscribe myself!
2011 promises to be a banner year for comic fans, that’s for sure.
And now for some random thoughts:
For those of you who are DC and/or Marvel only readers only may I recommend giving Witchblade a try? I picked it up this year and was hooked from day one. In fact that entire universe is very interesting and there is a massive tie in among the major players called Artifacts happening right now. You won’t be disappointed!
Not that I am NOT a great fan of Jeanty’s art on Buffy Season Eight but let’s try drawing some actual FACES in more than half the panels! Having said that I am absolutely looking forward to the finale of “season eight” and the new “season NINE” books. You DID know Angel is leaving IDW for Dark Horse didn’t you?
I see where Batman is now “incorporated”. Can the public buy stock? Voting or non voting shares?
How many titles does Wolverine appear in these days? The poor guy doesn’t have enough time to go to the bathroom!
You really CAN’T screw up more than Matt Murdock did in 2010 can you?
If you are interested in “fast” girls, you may want to check out Velocity! Tell ‘em Mitch sent you!
When in the name of Odin will I be able to pick up my Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Statue!!! …the word is SOON!
I never knew that Jim Kirk’s dad was the God Of Thunder. Cool.
Finally thanks to all the great people at CBJ, the creators of the comics that give me so much joy and to you, my fellow hobbyists for giving me people to share it with. Have a flagon of mead and a heaping bowl of GagH on me.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a pleasant Ragnarok to you all. I’ll see you all on the other side of New Years!
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and those of you who made it down to the store for the three year anniversary had a good time. I know I did. I would like to thank all the creators for coming down and chilling with all of us and having a blast.
This week in comics was nuts, so many good comics to talk about I don't know where to start...
John Byrne's Next Men #1 (31)
Back in 1992, John Byrne "finished" his creator owned book Next Men but never actually finished it. This week he jumps back into the series and does an awesome job of recapping the story and continuing it. A quick recap of what the "Next Men" saw in their VR stations brings new readers up to speed as far as what's happened in the series up until this point and then BAM! you're right back into the thick of it, hungry for the next issue. I'm a huge John Byrne fan and I'm so happy to see him finally back on this book, let alone any book for that matter. I highly recommend this to anyone. If you've never read the series, you should pick up the beautiful hardcovers IDW put out. They're gigantic oversized "coffee table books" as Byrne quoted on his website.
5 out of 5!!
BLACK PANTHER THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #513
In the wake of Shadowland and Doomwar both Matt Murdock and T'Challa are broken men without a cause who both need a chance at redemption. Matt ask T'Challa to watch over Hell's Kitchen while he heads off on his own quest. He accepts and has Foggy Nelson get him a fake name and identification. Now without any money or powers, T'Challa runs a restaurant in the heart of Hell's Kitchen to get an idea of the people he's protecting.
At the same time, with Shadowland and The Hand defeated there's a fight for control of Hell's Kitchen amongst criminals. Introducing, Vlad The Impaler, a Romanian gangster who was an unwilling participant in the Romanian super soldier program. He hid his powers from the government and now has the ability to charge up and item with kinetic energy..Gambit anyone?
Needless to say, he's now headhunting this new vigilante that's prowling Hell's Kitchen.
I'm glad to see The Black Panther as the new guardian of Hell's Kitchen considering the fact that he and Matt now share the same stories of being on top of everything just to watch it crumble in their faces due to poor decision making. It's nice to see someone link these two characters because I wasn't too happy with the end of either story arc and for them now to both be on a journey at redeeming themselves is just smart writing. I think everyone should check this book out because it's the beginning to a great new story and a new life for both of these characters.
5 out of 5
MASSIVE AWESOME #2
I reviewed issue one when it came out and I honestly didn't care for it. I thought Stephen Lindsay could have done a better job as far as a first issue was concerned BUT now that I've had the chance to read issue two, I officially get to eat my words. Issue two was super funny, over the top and just plain funny. Bacon and Pickle head to Ireland to find out who sent the killer robots after them last issue to find out that Bacon's former buddy, Shamus El Ganador, the worlds smartest, and most dangerous Scottish Luchador. After a quick and funny battle, Bacon comes to find out that Dr. Sexysauce is the one who's really after him.
I love these characters now. Pickle's ridiculous rambles and "conversations" with Bacon are just so silly that you can't help but laugh out loud and ask for me.
I gladly eat my words and can't wait for the next installment of this buddy-action comedy.
5 out of 5!
I reviewed this book a couple of months back but after this weekend I can't help myself but tell you about it again. 16 stories all based around World War 2 with a zombie twist. This book is nothing short of awesome. Between the artwork and the masterful storytelling, you need this book on your shelf. Jeff McComsey and company really turned this out like no other. Independently created and produced, it's already sold out at Diamond of the distributor level. I highly suggest you get a copy as soon as possible. I have a feeling this book is going to be going for some serious bucks in the near future.
Jeff McComsey, Stephen Lindsay, Steve Becker and Dominic Vivona were here at the store this past Friday doing a signing and hanging out for the 3 year anniversary and let me tell you it was probably one of my favorite signings. They not only brought their A-game as far as doing sketches but they also brought the FUBAR TENT! chock full of pins and Zombie Target Posters.
These dudes, love comics and hanging out. If you ever get the chance to catch them at a store signing or a convention, do yourself a favor and go check them out. Seriously cool guys and a ton of fun to just hang out and b.s with.
head over to their site and pick up some stuff and drop them a line!
5 out of 5!!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wow, what can I say, The Walking Dead huh..does anyone else who reads the comic feel completely cheated and really wish that the show stayed a lot closer to the comic instead of going off into la-la land?? Yeah, me too. I'm a huge fan of the book, to the point that I have a Walking Dead tat on my right hand, that's devotion. I had really high hopes for this show as well as serious concerns that the show wasn't going to live up to the name, not just the comic and it's history. After watching every episode every Sunday night faithfully, I sat down and re-watched the entire series from start to finish with the hopes that being such a huge fan and with the mind frame that it only shares the name of my favorite comic, that I might actually enjoy it as a zombie series and be able to look past the changes and new scenarios that were created for the series... Wrong!
I'm sorry but even as a television series, the show lacks that punch that the book delivers. The lack of fear of the unknown as well as the drama of surviving in a world without hope instead of constant action and reaction sequences makes the show lose all it's luster. I can sit here and bash the show for hours, I'm not going to impose my slighted view of the series on you. If you enjoyed it good for you, if not, then let's hope and pray that next season sticks closer to the book or gets a better writing staff, since they were all fired before this season ended.
Now with that said, I'd like to move on to reviewing some comics.
Generation Hope #1&2
I had really high hopes for this new X-series since the build up to it has been nothing short of awesome. Hope has grown not only in age but as a character, from a scared little girl lost in time to a serious soldier with a mission. The lead in issues of Uncanny X-Men were great, almost very similar to the same build up to one of my favorite books of the 90's; Generation X.
Now comes the series itself and I'm sad to say that I'm really not digging it. The team is out and about collecting the "Five Lights", five new mutants that need Hope to help them get that last push toward unlocking their latent mutant abilities. Thus far Hope has helped four out of the five and now the team is on their way to Tokyo to gather up the last mutant who has already hit mutant puberty. The big shock is this character is pretty much AKIRA!
I was caught off guard at first and I didn't know what to make of it but then with the second issue, I really came to the conclusion that I really am not digging this series so far and I think that Kieron Gillen must have recently read or watched AKIRA and thought "gee that would be a great mutant for my new book.."
The past two issues have been dealing with this one mutant, his destructive nature and his twisted insight into his artwork. At this point, I'm hoping that they either figure out that this kid isn't meant to become a member of the team and they stop him or help him get his "Akira powers" under control and move on, there is so much potential for this cast that sitting still, so to speak, for two issues instead of jumping in and grabbing a new member of the team or not, like the others, just seems silly and wasting time. I'm not looking for instant gratification, but I am looking for a quick progression into the team dynamic and moving along into what these teens mean to the mutant species as a whole and what their sudden arrival really means.
Overall thus far, I'm disappointed with this series and I hope with issue three, Kieron Gillen picks up the ball and runs for the goal. The characters are great and the possible scenario's are there, now it's just a matter of making it happen.
2 out of 5
I'm curious to know what you think of my reviews and rants..hit me up and let me know what you're thoughts on the books I talk about are.. hit me up or come catch me at the store hanging out sucking down coffee.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
I thought I'd start something new here on the goold old Comicbook Jones Site. Each and every week I'm going to post five scans from my colelction just because I like to show off!
But! Here is where YOU come in! If you send me scans of YOUR favorite books I will bump my scans and show yours instead! Here are the rules:
1) Send your scans to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) They can be back issues or new comics. ANYTHING that you want to show off from YOUR collection!
3) If you give me your name or user ID I will include it with your scan!
It should be lots of fun.
THIS Week - Some scans from my Golden Age Archie collection with covers by the great Bob Montana!
Now get in there and SCAN you (aforementioned Gold Brickin' Yahoos!!!)
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Folks, this is the big one! Our anniversary celebration is the biggest event we have at the store every year and it's being extended to two full days! Come join us at the store for two full days of celebration of all things comics. We'll be having a ton of different creators at the store and they'll be accompanied by a 25% off everything sale. It all goes down on Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th. After all the good stuff during store hours we'll be having a huge party starting at 9pm featuring food, drinks and some live music so make sure you come by and stick around. This event is for you, a celebration of all things comic related and a special thank you for your years of support, so come by and make it memorable with us.
TRON LEGACY TAILGATE PARTY
It's that time once again for one of our famous Tailgate Parties. They aren't held in the back of a car or truck in the freezing cold but rather in the warm cozy confines of your favorite comic shop. This time we'll be celebrating the midnight release of Tron Legacy and it's extra special because it's kicking off our Three Year Anniversary Weekend! Here's the deal: pick up your ticket for the midnight showing of Tron Legacy for Thursday, December 16th and then come down to the store starting at 9pm for some snacks, booze and our special sale where everything in the store is between 15% - 70% off. Yes, everything. See you there!
ALL FIRST ISSUES AND FIRST VOLUMES ARE NOW 20% OFF PERMANENTLY!
We are very pleased and excited to announce that from now on every first issue of any series (that is, every #1) will now be 20% off every day of the week! In addition to this, every Volume 1 of a paperback of hardcover will also be 20% off! Pretty great, ain't it? Use this new found opportunity to try something new.
HOLIDAY WRAPPING AND GIFT BAGS
This holiday season we will try and make your holiday shopping a little easier by offering in house gift wrapping for only $2 per item (or deeper discounts depending on the amount of items wrapped).
Also, if you have a big list of stuff that you need to get that we carry just drop the list off at the store (or e-mail it to us) and let us gather it all for you. We'll put it all together for you, wrap it if you want us to and give you a healthy discount depending on the amount of items on your list. If you're interested just come by the store, give us a call or shoot us an e-mail at email@example.com and we'll be happy to get it all ready for you.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
What is this comic “worth”?
Since even the aforementioned seasoned “pro” collectors struggle with this one I thought it might be a good idea to chew on this one for a few lines.
So… FACE FRONT YA GOLD BRICKIN’ YAHOOS!
I love saying that! When I was a kid in school and the teacher asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my response was always “A Gold Brickin’ Yahoo M’am!” I am happy to report that I have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams and am in fact THE Gold Brickin’ Yahoo of all time. But I digress….now what was I talking about?
The Tick still being cancelled?...no
(and may I add a hearty GRRRRRRR! Over THAT!)
Caprica being cancelled?...no
(Cylons have come a LONG way baby!)
Jessica Alba…well no…but now that I think of it!
(You can NEVER go wrong posting a photo of Jessica I say!)
Oh yes! The value of vintage back issues!
Recently I saw the following online offers for various books :
1) Action #252 CGC Signature series 3.5 – asking $25,000
2) PEP comics #76 CGC 9.2 – asking $1700
3) Fantastic Four #1 – RAW unslabbed VG/F – Asking $5500
4) Superman #53 – RAW unslabbed VG- - Asking $450
These books all have some things in common.
1) They ALL originally sold for a DIME.
2) They are all relatively rare in high grades.
3) They are all 50 years old or more.
4) They are all being offered up by people who sell vintage back issues for a living.
Also, with the exception of Superman #53, they all have asking prices OVER the current Overstreet value in grade.
So what are the books worth?
The simple answer is…A DIME or less given the deterioration of each book.
Of course the answer is never that simple. In fact it is downright complicated. It keeps sellers and collectors up nights trying to figure it out.
Bear in mind the difference between YOUR value and MARKET value. The first being what YOU will be willing to pay for a book and the latter, the “going rate” in the market place for the same book.
First, despite what you read anywhere else, a CGC or third party graded book has NO MORE INTRINSIC VALUE THAN A RAW UNSLABBED book. Socko, Tiger, or even myself can give you a grade that is every bit as valid as any you will get from a third party grader. So why do “slabbed” books command a premium?
Well, in fact, they don’t always. It is only for the very rare book OR books graded 9.8 or better that you see a real separation in value. What you DO get from a third party grader is a standard that is becoming more accepted in the marketplace where amateurs sell their raw books online with inaccurate grades. The “slab” lets a buyer know that he is essentially getting what he pays for. If you do consider buying a slabbed book take that premium into account. Are you willing to pay extra for the service/ Do you trust the seller of the “raw” book to grade accurately, and in the case of modern age books does “slabbing” actually over price the books. (I give that last one a resounding YES!)
Second. A collectible is ultimately only worth what YOU think it is worth to YOU. Sometimes I pay over guide and sometimes under guide depending on what I think the book is worth.
Why not just stick with “the guide”? Because MY (or YOUR) judgment on that value is the ONLY ONE THAT COUNTS! We have to live with the purchase and only we can judge how much that book means in our personal collection.
The key sticking point with three of the books I use for examples is the fact that they ARE selling over guide . This means that should you decide to resell those particular books down the line you risk taking a loss. On the Superman #53 there is a good chance that you could resell at a profit. Of course there is always the chance that the books priced over guide could increase in demand over time. BUT none of that matters if you have no intention of reselling your books.
See what I mean here? It is all a very personal judgment call. When I over pay on a book it is always because I have no intention of reselling down the line. I don’t speculate on comic books. Speculators are better off with gold. 99% of all Comics are far too volatile to count on as long term investments. Sure , books like FF#1, Superman #1, Batman #1 and Action #1 are nice steady performers. They increase at a steady rate and almost never decrease in market value. But for the most part comics are poor investments if you are looking to send the kid to college.
I hope that clears things up for you…as for ME I am even more confused than I was at the beginning of this rant!
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Oh man, so much stuff going on and happening in the world of comics, its a great time to be a fan. First and foremost, I hope everyone has been keeping up with Disney XD's new series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It's an awesome adaption/retelling of The Avengers and their adventures. Being a huge Avengers fan, I'm like a kid in a candy store every Wednesday night @ 8:30. In my honest opinion this show is really giving Justice League Unlimited a real run for the money. The animation and voice actors are amazing and the storyline thus far is fantastic. The mix of new and old is just right. Any fan, new or old will love this show and if you don't come talk to me and I'll set you straight.
Another new series courtesy of AMC is none other than Robert Kirkman's ongoing zombie drama THE WALKING DEAD. This show is amazing. Another series that I'm a die hard fan of, that i was worried wasn't going to live up to the comic, completely surpasses all expectations. Just about everything about the show is outstanding. The actors are spot on as well as the zombies and gore. It's not a direct adaptation of the comic, which is expected considering that for a television series they need to broaden the story and make it more accessible to a bigger audience. The added characters and conflicts thus far do nothing but add a whole new level to an already awesome story. Sunday nights were boring since TRUE BLOOD wrapped for the season but now THE WALKING DEAD fills the void and then some. The thing I like most about this show is the amount of conversation it's sparked amongst long time fans and newcomers. People are curious if what happened on last night's episode was in the book and if so did they change it. That's what really makes good television in my mind, the fact that people who normally may have nothing in common can come together and share something that neither one thought the other would like.
Now, with that said, I've got some comic books I'd like to talk about..so here we go.. I've got something to say!!
OSBORN #1 (OF 5)
Since the end of SIEGE, Norman Osborn has been under lock and key at the maximum security prison, The Raft. Norman has been bidding his time as the authorities decide what exactly to do with him. The country as well as his fellow prisoners are split down the middle. Half siding with Norman, stating that what he did and what he was doing was the right thing and that he's a real American hero as the other half think he's a raving madman who talked his way into a position of power and deserves to rot in a jail cell for the rest of his days. While this is going on, his "believers" in prison have begun an almost cult like gang and made Norman their messiah, sporting Green Goblin tattoos.
Norah Winters, the journalist from Front Line who broke the story of Norman Osborn not being "cured" and still being a raving madman in a place of power (back in the "American Son" story arc in ASM) is tasked with doing a follow up story. She's very torn about writing about Norman Osborn in general because the last time she barely escaped being killed while investigating the original story.
The Senate subcommittee of human rights and law meet and their topic of discussion is the one and only Norman Osborn. The committee talk about what exactly they plan on doing with Osborn because he still hasn't been charged with anything officially because his military status and the status of H.A.M.M.E.R still haven't been decided. If Norman is held any longer he can petition for Habbeas Corpus and actually get set free on a technicality. While all this is going on, Norman sets a plan of his own into motion and gets himself transferred to a secret prison that is currently holding four individuals whom the military have no idea what to do with and they all have something to do with The Spider.
I've been waiting for this series since it was announced. I couldn't wait to see what exactly was going to happen with Norman since his capture and incarceration. I really hope this mini-series sheds some light on what exactly Norman's being doing with his time in prison, a more in depth look into this new "Goblin Cult" and it's members and just who the hell these four new characters are and what they have to do with Norman Osborn.
5 out of 5!!
Spinning out of the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man story arc "The Grim Hunt", comes this new series staring Anya Corazon formerly known as Arana, now known as Spider-Girl. After the events of "The Grim Hunt" story arc, Anya, now wears Julia Carpenter's old Spider-Woman costume, She's been de-powered since her spider amulet was destroyed but being trained by some of the greatest heroes in the world helps make up for it. Anya and her father move into a new apartment. He has stuff to do over at City College and just so Anya's not alone in the new apartment by herself, he made plans for her..a night out with Sue Storm. The two girls walk around and talk about how The Fantastic Four know her father and just talk about nothing special, when there's a big emergency and Sue gets called into action. Anya doesn't just go home and watch her new friend battle whatever on t.v., she puts on her costume and goes into action. She eventually makes her way to City College where her father is supposed to be but she isn't sure because he isn't answering her text messages. She arrives on the scene and finds her father amidst the rubble of the library. Just as she's about to get him out of there, there's a problem..a big red problem. The Red Hulk battling The Fantastic Four.
I was really looking forward to this book because after re-reading Amazing Fantasy volume two and Arana:Heart of the spider, I really think they've grown Anya into a really great character. She's the female equivalent of Peter Parker. I can't help but be a sucker for a pretty girl and teenage super-hero drama. This series has a lot of potential and considering that Anya doesn't have powers anymore, I'm curious to see her attempt to go toe to toe with any sort of Super-Villains without the help of any other heroes like in the now canceled "Young Allies". Spider-Girl has so many possibilities and a real deal twitter account, so who knows what's going to happen.
4 out of 5!
Batman: The Return
Batman Incorporated #1
I've kept my mouth shut as far as this whole Bruce Wayne returning goes but now that he's back, I finally have all my thoughts on the topic and I can really say what's on my mind. This whole SCAM was B******T! Grant Morrison killed off Bruce Wayne to have him come back and "out himself" not as Batman but as Batman's sugar daddy??!!! Why?! Does he want someone to crash Wayne Manor and kill him and Alfred? To top it off not only does he do that but he also creates "Batman Incorporated", a new form of fighting crime globally. Isn't that what the Justice League is? Isn't that what Checkmate is?? I mean come on, Bruce is going to travel the world now and seek out potential candidates to become Batmen in different countries? I find this idea just silly and recycled! Morrison is taking the idea of The League of Batmen and expanding it globally when in fact their are already Dynamic Duo's in different countries fighting the good fight. It's bad enough Bruce said he was funding Batman but now he's going to walk into another country and out himself to someone he doesn't even know and include them into the family. I really don't like this idea at all and I think that it's a turn for the worse as far as Batman and company are concerned. I'm a huge Batman fan and I've been reading it ever since I was a kid. I've been humble with my words when people ask me what I thought about what was going on in the book but now that everything's come to a head and it's all out in the open, I really don't like it and I wish there was some reset button to push so that Bruce Wayne could either stay dead or just go back to being the brooding, miserable super-hero we've all loved.
I love the idea of Dick and Damien being Batman and Robin. The two work so well with one another. Dick has been trained his whole life to fill the shoes of Batman, whether he likes it or not and Damien is a mirror reflection of Dick with the roles reversed. Bruce's death just set this into motion sooner than expected. Bruce being back and also running around as Batman is almost silly. What are they going to do have a "Brave And The Bold Team-up" featuring Batman and Batman?? In my opinion, Bruce should have come back and acted more like Steve Rogers, give up the mantle to Dick and act more like the General rather than be the leader and one of the grunts. I almost wish Bruce had kept the "Outsider" costume and identity and just left Batman alone. What's next "The Batmen Army"? Batman controlled police states? I mean really, what's to say one of these candidates that Bruce chooses as a member of Batman Inc turns into another Jason Todd and uses all of Bruce's tech and knowledge to become a bigger and badder villain than say The Joker. I, as a fan understand the progression of a story and it's characters. Batman is one of the big Three in the DCU and the need for change in the twenty-first century is crucial to expand the ever growing reader populace but to do something so drastic and over the top, there is no coming back after what's been done. Jean Paul Valley isn't going to give Bruce back the mantle of Batman and go away, Bruce isn't going to traverse time and basically write his home lineage again. What's done is done and that's it.
Again, I really don't like what Grant Morrison has done but I, like so many other people out there who I'm sure share the same feelings, just have to sit back and continue reading and hope for the best.
In all honesty, I would recommend you check out these books and everything else involved in this "Batman Inc" era and make a valid decision on it for yourself.
3 out of 5.