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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In 'Beneath The Glass', we see the one and only Batman, up sh*t creek, and against the malevolent force that is known as 'The Court of Owls'.
You see, the caped crusader really is at his wits end. He's undernourished. He's been stabbed in the chest by the Talon. And on top of that, he has been pummelled into papier-mâché by the Courts decree.
So how the hell can Batman fight his way out of this mess I ask you? Well, he's Batman isn't he! He manages to find the strength within himself, to turn the Talon onto taffy, before he seemingly drowns within the waters beneath his confinement.
Now in the aftermath of these shocking turn of events, the 'Court of Owls' prepares their 'army of Talons' to go forth and kick ass.
To be continued...
Only one single word gave me that extra special buzz in this issue - just one. Because whilst Batman was being nibbled at by those pesky little varmints, he just erupted in all of his Bat-glory, with a declaration of "ENOUGH!".
Nuff said. Though, most of the other pieces of gruff dialogue were good too.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Well, the whole issue was a really great one to read. But for me, I did enjoy how Batman was beaten to a pulp, and then turned the tables around by kicking Talon's ass Bat-style.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
If truth be told, there wasn't that much wrong with this issue at all. Maybe the way how Batman seemingly drowned at the end of this tale was a bit naff - because we all know that he will return again soon. Apart from that though - de-nada.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Considering that this was an all fight issue, I have to say that I hardly realized this fact until after I completed reading it. So what does that say about Scott Snyder as a master craftsman, huh? He's a mad genius - that's what.
I also liked the Elizabethan style of the 'Court of Owls' as well - I wonder if this was a deliberate thing or not.
ART: There was a lot visually to like about this story. I liked the black, white, and red, pallet used, as well as the overall feral battle between Batman and Talon. Also, I did enjoy the detailed style in which things seemed to crumble around these two combatants during their battle together. Very clean.
ALAN WAYNE: For me, I feel that the now deceased British actor, David Niven, does have a passing resemblance to Bruce's ancestor. Plus, did you know that David was also the man whom renegade Green Lantern, Sinestro, was modelled after?
TALON: OK, so for this man mountain, you need someone strong, imposing, and who would look good with an all in one face-mask. Hey, why not Hulk Hogan? As long as he doesn't have to speak much, he'd be perfect for the part.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
You Can Not Keep A Good Bat Down - Especially When You Have Made Him
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
As this is a classy tale in a classy comic book, for me, I feel that Mascagni's 'Intermezzo' would complement this story to a tea. Can you guess what film it came from? Go on, have a guess, and you may win a prize.
In the past, I have joked about the many different ways that this series can get any better. Stating things about semi-nude blond girls reading it to you whilst they where giving you a massage in the hot-tub. And do you know what? This is no joke - I don't know what would happen if DC pulled this great creative team from this great title - anarchy perhaps. At the moment though, fingers crossed, and I prey that this book is able to mesh well with the up and coming cross over event.
MARKS out of 10? 9