James Gordons Sr and Jr have a long talk about what a bad place Gotham City is, and whether the father has gone as crazy as the son and suchlike (I don't like Junior's eye-patch worn under his glasses; it's too much going on in the eye area, and takes away from his visual signifier. If his glasses are opaque anyway, does he really need an eye-patch, or is it there to help his eye heal rather than to cover up a gnarly wound his sister gave him, because she is dumb and bad at crime-fighting?).
Good police Bard, Harvey Bullock and Maggie Sawyer team-up with Vicki Vale and Batman to bust-up much of The Roman's operation, and block interim Commissioner Forbes from blocking their play.
Cluemaster blows up one of daughter Stephanie Brown's friends in order to draw her out of hiding.
And Harper Row sneaks into "Red Robin's Nest," hopefully to steal every single one of his costumes and burn them, forcing Tim to wear something less horrible-looking in any and all future appearances.
I like the way co-writers Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman have the two pairs of superheroes solving their various challenges independently in different ways (escaping the trap Gumm set for them atop the train at the climax of the last issue, finding Gumm's hideout in this issue), and artist Ty Templeton continues to do his expected superb job.
Just one problem though! On page three, Batman and Robin abandon their boots and booties to escape, but, on page four, colorist Tony Avina miscolors their bare feet blue and green respectively, apparently thinking they were still meant to be wearing their footwear.
I've thought about this for two whole minutes now, and I'm afraid I can't think of a plausible way to no-prize that mistake away.
That must be some security set-up if Mister Miracle hasn't escaped yet. I mean, that's his whole power-set isn't it? He's a super-escape artists, able to escape from any trap or prison. What exactly is he doing in a jail then? They didn't even strip him of his gadget-festooned costume, or put him in a straight jacket or handcuffs or shackles and manacles or anything (Maybe it woulda made more sense to have him be the escapee that we see get busted by an OMAC unit when we were first introduced to the island?).
regrow a severed arm, but I didn't realize that the
But it apparently totally can.
Other stuff happened, but nothing terribly interesting.
(Much more on this book later, by the way.)
It doesn't work, but they do meet Superman, Bizarro, Match (who is a Bizarro Superboy in Tiny Titans), Bizarro Supergirl Bizarro-Girl and the perhaps self-explanatory Duckzarro.
"I know, I know," Cyborg tells a confused Blue Beetle in the last panel, "It's hard to believe...but Duckzarro is in our continuity."
You know what else is hard to believe? That DC ever stopped publishing this series, but I'm glad it's back, at least for now.