Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Batman and Robin #12 - DC
First of all, Andy Clarke's pencils are amazing. I really like the way he's so detailed and crisp with his art. The splash page, with Robin attacking Batman, almost seems like it has a bit of a Brian Bolland influence to it. Anyways, we really don't dig to much into the whole Return of Bruce Wayne storyline here. We do get a few clues . . a few things in the mansion, and below it . . not to mention this death garden thing, which I don't really understand. But not a whole lot that we didn't already know. Most of this issue is spent with Damian and Dick dealing with the dirty hand that Talia has dealt him. It appears that when she operated on his spine that she also installed some neural receptors that allows her to use a harness that she has back at her lair to control Damian and his actions. The problem is, she offers to let Slade Wilson use it to get a little payback for Dick. And with him . . a little is never enough. He wants more control, and the ability to control his voice also. The problem is if you push the receptors to hard, they can burn out pretty easily. But he does do enough damage that it's pretty easy for Dick and Damian to figure out what his mother had done to him, and who was in the driver's seat. They then head to Talia's secret island to give her a little piece of both their minds. Talia is still convinced that Dick and Alfred are brainwashing her son, and trying to indoctrinate him into the way of the Bat. But Damian insists that he's staying with Dick of his own volition. So Talia disowns him. It appears that she's already began cloning another version of her son, 'Made from the same augmented DNA combinations. He'll be 10 years younger than you when he's born. I offer you one last chance to accept your destiny my darling.' Which of course he doesn't, so her reply is, 'Ill always love you in my own way. And I will permit you to leave with your circus boy in tow. But from now on, you are no longer welcome here. You may consider yourself an enemy of the House of Al Ghul.' To which Damian responds, 'Very well. I hope I can be a worthy one, mother.' So that's it? He's done with Talia? I don't think she's going to let him get off that easy. Plus, what happens if somethings wrong with the new child that she's birthing? No, I definitely don't think this is the last we've seen of Talia. Anyways, when they get back they once again find themselves dealing with the Cult of Barbatos. They took a casket out of the cemetery and Dick and Alfred think that it might be the key to figuring out this whole thing with Bruce. There also seems to be a new player in town. Or . . the return of an old one. It appears that the Doctor Hurt is back. Or is he really Thomas Wayne as he claimed to be? And we finally get to the bottom of the mystery about Oberon Sexton. On the final page of the issue it's revealed that he's actually . . the Joker. In my eyes, this title gets better and better with every issue. I think Grant Morrison is doing a tremendous job. And I think Andy's crisp art is the perfect contrast for the dark mood that Grant has set here. Together, it paints a rather eerie picture. But . . it's cool. Right now, this is my favorite Batman title.