There is a new TV show called America's Got Talon. It stars the talk show host Jimmy O Fallon. Robin does not like it. In fact just to spite it. He drinks just under a gallon. True. As told to me by Writer: Peter Tomasi; Artist: Lee Garbett; and Publisher: DC Comics in April 2012. Or was it Batman?

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
'Robin Hears A Hoo' is a Damien solo tale that impregnates the brat wonder into 'Night Of Owls' cross-over event.

  • You see, after hearing Alfred's distress signal from Wayne Manor, this tiny titan is instructed to save Major General Benjamin Burrows from a Talon attack whilst he is out and about on manoeuvres, with the army.
  • Thankfully Robin finds the General just in time, and tells him what is going on just before all hell breaks loose, BANG!
  • Robin runs. Generals limp. Talons talks. Armies... errr... arm? All of which results in a resolution and a back-story that will knock your block off, CHOP! Physically and emotionally of course.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I liked the scene when Robin took charge of the situation, and said to the reluctant army men prior to the Talons subsequent attack...

'This kid read Clausewitz and Jomini at the age of six while you were still trying to figure out what buttons to press on x-box, you imbecile. Now all of you - follow my orders! The Talon will not be in a fixed position, and neither would we'.

Very Dirty Harry come Glee, isn't it?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Damien's recognition that he and the Talon share similar origins was a very cleaver way of connecting them both together in essence, if not in fact. It was something I never even thought about until he stated this.

Very serendipitous.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
By in large this was an action and adventure type tale that had a rather plodding pace to it. Also, their was a very Scooby Doo Vibe before the end, when the Talon explained to the General why he was going to kill him, just before he attempted to do so.

A very groan worthy delay if ever I saw one.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Alas, there was not that much in this story which I would call creative. Basically it is a 'save the victim' pretext, with a bit of back-story thrown in for good measure.

Although the back-story on its own was a very nice read all in all. And had its own encapsulated flavor within the 'bigger picture'.

ART: As much as I enjoyed Lee Garbett work on this issue, due to the nature of this 'event', it did feel very 'stand-in' to me. Now that is not to say that I did not like it at all. Because I did. I thought his manga-esque artwork suited a Robin solo-exploit hand's down. It's just that it came across a mite disjointed where an earthy tale was concerned.   

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN BURROWS: Just because it would look funny if he was saved by a kid, I would like to see 'Escape from New York's' Kurt Russell play this major on the run. Can't you see him scowling at the small sod?

THE SOLDIER ROBIN TALKS BACK TO: OK, for this role, you have to have an actor who you can see being told off by a kid in a mask. Hey! What about Sam's brother, Ted Raimi? He looks like the type of a chap that kids want to shout at.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Run Away. A Man With A Mask Is Going To Monologue.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
From a visual and textural stand-point this, story was a mixture of Predator meets Scooby Doo. You know the type of thing. Bad guy wants to kill someone due to a preconceived agenda. And some pesky kid manages to stop them from doing so before the end credits roll. Just like...

Or maybe not!

FINAL thoughts...
To be completely honest with you, I am a bit disappointed with this issue really. So far the other parts of this cross-over event have been able to do something different and new with varying amount of success.

Listen, don't get me wrong, it was a fairly nice read, and the pretext is a very simple one to follow. It's just that the execution that lets it down a tad. That's all.

MARKS out of 10? 7

BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 Reviewed by David Andrews on May 28, 2012 Rating: 5
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