As cliché as it sounds, "Batman, Incorporated" really ends with a bang. Just like television shows, some conclude on a high note while others embarrassingly fizzle out and overstay their welcome. This series will definitely be held in high esteem because of its emotional impact and mix of family dynamics and action.
"Batman, Incorporated: Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted" contains issues #7 through 13 and Special #1. Talia al Ghul and her Leviathan army wreak havoc on Gotham City in their quest to bring Batman Incorporated to its knees. The Dark Knight and his international team of crimefighters must hit the terrorist organization with everything they've got and more. Before the battle ends, one of the Caped Crusader's greatest allies will tragically fall.
Grant Morrison tackles the writing duties on the conclusion to the "Leviathan" storyline. I love most of Morrison's work on the Batman titles, even if I don't agree with some of his personal opinions on who the Dark Knight is. His writing for "Batman, Incorporated: Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted" is filled with suspense, drama, and thrills. He successfully navigates us through an emotional rollercoaster ride that will leave the reader satisfied with the conclusion, yet still leaving the door open for more to come from the al Ghul family.
Chris Burnham brings Morrison's written word to life in pictures. His unique illustrating style perfectly captures all the excitement, energy, and emotion the narrative emotes. His handiwork somehow cushions the blow of intense violence with its animated look while not losing any of its visual impact.
The last portion of "Batman, Incorporated: Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted" is the Special #1. It consists of several short stories written and illustrated by different scribes and artists. There are tales featuring the Batman of Japan, Canary, the Knight, Knightrunner, Dark Ranger, El Guacho, and Bat-Cow. Writers include Chris Burnham, Nathan Fairbairn, Dan Didio, and others. The art is handled by Burnham, Ethan Van Sciver, Jorge Lucas, and more.
Bonus material for "Batman, Incorporated: Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted" include 12 pages of variant covers by talents like Tony S. Daniel, Jason Masters, Guillem March, Chris Burnham, Grant Morrison, Ricken, Ethan Van Sciver, Nathan Fairbairn, Tomeu Morey, and Hi-Fi. Grant Morrison also provides a closing essay about his time working on the Batman titles. We're given a checklist of all his great works and graphic novels that tie into them as well.
"Batman, Incorporated: Volume 2: Gotham's Most Wanted" is another unforgettable chapter in the life of the Caped Crusader and his international partners in crime fighting. I'm happy anytime Talia or Ras al Ghul and their League of Assassins are involved in a Batman storyline. It's a must-read and I highly recommend it, even though I know that the most impactful moment in the book will be retconned at some point in the future.