The international league of Batmen, Batman Inc., was resurrected earlier this year in the ongoing Batman series, though the mantle of leadership has been hotly contested – but as revealed with the description of a new Batman comic coming in May, we have an answer.
Spoilers ahead for DC’s Batman titles.
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In the current ‘Abyss’ storyline of the ongoing Batman series, Lex Luthor has resurrected Batman Inc. with help from a new villainous character called Abyss. That’s come as quite a shock to Batman, who… well…. founded Batman Inc. But the double-shock of it all, as revealed in Batman #120, is that Abyss has usurped Lex and made a claim for the Batman Inc. leadership on his own – and has gotten the full support of the group (sans Batman of course).
As revealed in the description for the just-announced Batman 2022 Annual #1 coming this May, after the end of the ‘Abyss’ storyline later this year we’ll end up with a definite Batman Inc. leader.
No, it’s not Abyss.
No, not Lex Luthor either.
And no, Batman didn’t get it back.
Instead, it’s Ghost-Maker, the new-ish Gotham City vigilante who over the past year has been revealed to have an immense, but previously untold, kinship with Batman. Ghost-Maker was already announced to return in March 1’s Batman #121 to help Batman with his Abyss problem, but taking over Bruce Wayne’s other family business is an entirely different story.
In May 31’s Batman 2022 Annual #1, writer Ed Brisson and artist John Timms will be showing Ghost-Maker’s first day, so to speak, as Batman Inc.’s new boss (and also its financier) – which will include cleaning up after the whole Lex Luthor/Abyss situation, but also dealing with another new DC character, the Gray Wolf.
Clownhunter – who debuted around the same time as Ghost-Maker – also has a role to play in this special.
The ‘Abyss’ story wraps up in March 1’s Batman #121, and the Batman Inc. business continues on May 31 with Batman 2022 Annual #1.
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