Saturday, November 19, 2011
The issue opens with Alan Wayne (Bruce's great-, great-grandfather) running down the street saying that the "owls" are after him and that they have "nests" in his home. Then we cut to Bats interrogating a guy named Luka Volk and then gets attacked by the "Whisper Gang" in the underground subways. He takes them all down super easily in a way no one but Scott Snyder could have described...but let me tell you something: it was badass. Luka says he doesn't know anything about the owls and it turns out he was telling the truth. Bats tells him to stay out of his tunnels.
Back in the cave, we see Bruce and Alfred talking about owls and what they have to do with the Wayne family. Alfred tells Bruce that Alan Wayne developed an obsession with owls.
Then Bruce goes to see Lincoln March (who was injured in the issue prior by the assassin who attacked both he and Bruce) in the hospital. Lincoln talks about how he feels lame for only taking one knife while Bruce took 2 knives and fell out a window, but Lincoln is the one in the hospital bed. Lincoln tells Bruce how he had started to hear and see odd things having to do with owls.
Bruce has his own personal "people" guard Lincoln's hospital room so Lincoln asks the obvious question of Bruce... "But, Bruce, if they're watching me...who's watching you?"
Then we see Bats gliding over Gotham and enters a building on the 14th floor, thinking about how most older buildings are designed with "no" 13th floor. That there was an empty space large enough for a man to walk around in, in most of the buildings. He find hidden bases for the "Court of Owls" in each of the buildings that he checks. He then gets to one building that was built 5 years before and see's the Assassin that attacked him in a picture frame with a bunch of other masked people. Bruce then steps over a tripwire and the entire building explodes, therefore ending the issue.
I really liked it. Art is still strong, story is still amazing, and I can't wait for more. Though this issue kind of seems to be setting up for something more interesting to come. Not quite a 10, but more of an 8/10.
Batman: "Funny thing, though. To really make good on the superstition, you were supposed to leave a small space in the building between floors twelves and fourteen, a false floor, to contain the bad luck of number thirteen."
Well the issue opens with Steve Trevor looking for Diana (Wonder Woman) who apparently forced her way out of the Pentagon. She is then seen walking around and meets a little girl that introduces her to her first ice cream experience. Then Steve runs up and tells her that she has to come back with him to the Pentagon. After this we see a Para-Demon on top of a building and then a whole hoard of them come out and attack D.C.
Back in Detroit (where Vic Stone and his dad were last seen), the Para-Demons are taking away Professor Ivo while Vic's body is slowly slowly being destroyed by energy. Thomas Morrow (T.O. Morrow for all you long-term fans) tells Vic's dad that they have to leave him, but he says that he won't let him die.
Next we cut to Metropolis where Supes, Bats, GL, & Flash were last seen. Flash informs the group that this is not an isolated incident. Bats informs GL that his constructs are breaking which means that he isn't focused and calm enough, to which GL replies that Bats doesn't have any powers. Flash says that he thought Bats was a vampire. Bats tells the group that there are too many and they can't just barrel through them all, to which Supes smashes a ton of them away with a truck. And continues beating them with it.
Morrow, Vic's dad, and an intern take Vic into the "Red Room" and they set Vic down on a table. It turns out that this place has technology from all across the globe in it.
Back with the guys, we see that the Para-Demons are taking the people out over the water, when a whole other group of fresh Para-Demons attack the team. To which Wonder Woman appears and GL calls dibs. (Good luck with that one, Hal)
Vic is slowly dying and his dad injects him with nanites. We then see Cyborg being created. The Demons run off and start circling the water.
Then we see this one page where its like we see Darkseid, but we don't and its honestly rather confusing. I could've lived without it.
Then a huge explosion bursts from the water, Vic goes "on-line" and a huge space-ship-looking-thing appears out of the water. Then Aquaman walks up, asking who is in charge. Then votes for himself to be in charge.
Well I really liked this issue. It had tons of action, which the first and second issue had a little bit less of. It was a good intro to Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and we finally saw Darkseid and Cyborg. It was fun, interesting, and really sets up for the next issue. Can't wait! 10/10, easy.
Aquaman: "So who's in charge here? I vote me."
Check back in later for my Batman #3 review!