Bruce Wayne and Tarzan are climbing a rock wall. When they are done, they go meet a lady with breasts who Bruce kisses.
After Bruce and the Lady have a nap, Batman takes out the Batcycle to do some jumps.
Commissioner Gordon is hanging out with some guy when Batman shows up. Batman and Gordon look at some pictures and I assume Gordon is looking at hairstyles for his next barber’s visit. Batman bat-cycles off and Gordon finds something in the trunk of a car.
Batman finds one of the guys in the picture full of knives and then a bunch of patchwork people jump him. He’s doing okay until he’s drugged, then a nurse lady hits him with a sledge hammer and he meets this crazy doctor guy.
Then the doctor throws Gordon at the Batman. Goron has been patchworked and Batman is not excited about the haircut.
What’s on the cover?
Batman sitting in the Batplane? I guess. Maybe the Batmobile? It’s nice and well drawn, but has nothing to do with this book other than having Batman. He doesn’t even sit down this issue...
How’s the pictures?
The art in this comic is gruesome yet very well done. Effective would be the utilitarian word I would give it. Highly detailed and stylized, this book pushes the limits with its imagery, yet most of it tells little about the actual story other than “hey, here’s some weird ass stuff.” Again, not bad, but used for shock rather than awe. I was a little repelled by the images while at the same time wondering what the hell kind of story would be associated with them.
What really happened?
The part at the beginning with the rock climbing and the woman can be glossed over now as I am sure it is part of a bigger plot going on, but the real meat and potatoes is the “new” villian. I quote “new” because I am not really familiar with DC’s lesser known characters and this issue is part of the soft “relaunch” New 52 DC was going through at the time. Mostly, Batman and Gordon are after some folks, but a bigger fish comes along and goes all Frankenstein plastic surgery on them. The ending shot is sure to be a fake as well. No way does DC have the balls to do anything to Gordon this early in a reboot. Or at all.
$10 says Damian Wayne is back before Easter’s over.
Did I like it?
I cannot say if I liked this or not. As I said above, it is effective in the shock it set out to give and I am curious for more, but with the cliffhanger I have not been given a complete story. That alone is enough for me to reserve judgement. If the story ends up as a big ole mess, patchworked together as roughly as the villian seems to be, then I would have not picked up this book had it not been on my pull list two-ish years ago.