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Batman Incorporated #5

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

The explosive conclusion to “No More Teachers”! Batman Inc.’s allegiances are split as Ghost-Maker and his former sidekick, Phantom-One, duel to the death.

It’s winner take all!

Will the fate of Batman Incorporated rest in the hands of… Clownhunter?!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Comic Watch

    I feel like this story has been slept on from the public eye. It is such a fantastic story that if you are looking for something that is exciting and new yet familiar, this is the series I would 100% recommend to anyone, especially if you are a Batman fan.

  • 95

    Lyles Movie Files

    Five issues was a fairly tight arc to tell this opening story and the teased next story should be just as interesting. This seems like a book that gets it right with a dialed in creative team doing all they can to make it stand out in a crowded field of Bat Family titles. So far, the results have been very encouraging.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    This has been an entertaining, pulpy comic with a ton of Hong Kong-inspired action scenes and countless rogue Batmen across the globe, but it also has some very interesting and thorny issues. Last issue finally revealed the origin of the rogue sidekick Phantom-One, who shared the story of how Ghost-Maker trained him, and then left him to die when he failed. It certainly seemed like an unforgivable crime by the assassin—and Phantom-One wanted Clownhunter to strike the killing blow as part of his initiation. But it’s no surprise that there’s more to the story—and Ghost-Maker’s narrative reveals a tale of an arrogant young vigilante who caused more destruction than necessary, put countless civilians in danger, and forced his mentor to choose between saving his life and saving the lives of the innocents. The he-said, he-said structure is a very clever way to peel back the layers of this story. (…) This first arc was an excellent way to set up a huge cast of characters and position Ghost-Maker as the potential DC headliner he deserves to be.

  • 90

    First Comics News

  • 82

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Brisson delivers an entertaining conclusion to this particular arc, but there are a lot of things that felt incomplete. The resolution between Ghost-Maker and Phantom-One felt rushed, but there were some satisfying moments. I like the continuing conflict being created in the series and it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.

    The Art: Timms creates some dynamic and beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. I love the action and the look of the world.

  • 80

    At its core, Batman Incorporated certainly is not a bad book, with this finale of its first arc culminating in an emotional, well-executed, and action-packed context. Granted, it feels incredibly disengenious to even call this issue Batman Incorporated #5 when it should really be Ghost-Maker #5 , as the vast majority of the narrative is still dedicated to Ghost-Maker and the machinations of his past, with the rest of the team being shafted (literally) to the background, outside of a few half-hearted scenes. Based on the arc that Ed Brisson crafts, that could very well change in future issues – and if and when it does, his and John Timms’ approach could be an inspired adjustment for the rest of Batman Inc. itself.

  • 70

    Dark Knight News

    Batman Incorporated #5 gave us a little bit messy and also too convenient end to this series’ first chapter. I wonder if we’ll return to these events later in the run.

  • 70

    The Batman Universe

    The story arc is reaching its end, and each comic is getting better and revealing more information that we didn’t know before—the perfect reason to get you hooked and looking forward to the next issue.

  • 65


    Phantom-One is a brat with a dumb name and an even sillier gang of friends. For a book called Batman Incorporated, readers rarely get a chance to get to know them better. As a Ghost-Maker comic, it does succeed in giving Khoa some much needed self-awareness. Even though my overall hopes for the book haven’t come through, there is a lot to salvage. The art is fine in this particular issue, and the team came out more bonded in the end. I honestly didn’t have much of a good time through a majority of the books, but the finale feels like growth. Then again, it’s hard to keep optimistic knowing that Brisson is following this up with a bunch of clowns.

  • 60

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Well, unfortunately, we end on a rather anti-climatic ending. A fight, some interesting words and the two teams of Batman Inc walk away with nothing solved. Luthor’s team walks away free and Ghostmaker’s team take the high ground and walk in the other direction. No great questions are answered, no ethics lesson is taught. No one is right and everybody is wrong. I guess this was always going to be the case. Which after reading this first story arc, I really wanted to see that whiny little Phantom-One get it in the end. After a good butt-whooping, which he did sort of get. Oh well, moving on.

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