Thursday, March 3, 2016

Batman Incorporated (DC Direct)



Batman Incorporated
DC Direct
2010

Batman Incorporated was a group created by Grant Morrison which over time spawned into the title of the same name for the volume one (and two) wave of New 52 comics in 2011. The series focuses on Wayne announcing to the world that he has been funding the Batman program for years, and now looks to expand it globally.

However, for the figures themselves, we need to rewind back to 2010. In the pages of Batman and Robin, Dick Grayson has taken over the mantle of Batman, and Damian Wayne joins his side as Robin. It would be in issue number 16 that the Batman Incorporated team would first be mentioned, and it would be from this that the figures would come to be.

 Batman*Robin

These figures are highly sought after by Batman collectors, and as such you're not going to find them cheap. Robin alone can sell for upwards of $90.00 to $100.00 mint on the card. The regular Batman figure sells for upwards of $45.00. As for the remaining two, they're a little easier on the wallet coming in at around $15.00 to $20.00.

 Batman: Knight*Batman: Man of Bats

Batman Incorporated (Volume 1)
DC Comics
2011

As mentioned above, Batman Incorporated was a series developed for DC Comics New 52 reboot of their universe. The first volume of the title ran for eight issues from January to October 2011, and the second ran for fourteen issues (#0 - 13) between November 2012 and September 2013.

In general, the New 52 comics remind us of the oversaturation of the market that the comics industry experienced in the 90's via Image Comics. Multicovers, multicovers, multicovers. 

Each issue of Batman Incorporated had a minimum of two covers, while other issues had upwards of five. It was quite honestly ridiculous. Collecting a full set of the series is not a task for the faintest of hearts. With issues ranging from $2.99 and up right off the rack, it was a costly venture for comic book completists.




Batman Incorporated (Volume 2)
DC Comics
2012 - 2013


 

Oddly enough, or rather, sadly enough, the initial off the rack buy in price didn't hold its value. The series can be found relatively cheap these days as the books qualify as dime or quarter box fodder for a lot of second hand dealers. The only issues that seem to have gained in value are the sketch covers, but even then they don't tend to go over $15.00 per book.


However, don't let the monetary value of the books deter you from at least reading the series. Multiple covers and over saturation aside, there is a great story arc to be found in the books. We don't want to spoil the series for you, but rest assured, a Batman fan (casual or hardcore) would most likely find value in this series - Just not monetary value.





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4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad that I picked up my Batman and Robin from this series right when they came out. They're incredible figures and stand proudly next a shelf of my Post Crisis Batman graphics an trades. I have Knight (really wish they'd made squire, too) but I don't have Chief Man of Bats. I might have to track him down to go ahead and complete the set.

    I really wish this series had received a second series of figures. So many great designs and villains in this book! Maybe some of them will make it into DC Icons.

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    1. That's probably our biggest complaint about most of the DC Direct lines - Too small, cancelled before they have a chance to shine. At least give us a second series chock full of villains.

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  2. I loved the Robin from this series, and somewhat regret not getting Batman, LOVED the Batman Inc. book!

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  3. Regret not getting the Batman? Which one?

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