Now the Owls are dead what next? Does Batman finally start having sex? Alfred hopes so. Or otherwise there will be another go. Of the now defunct Portuguese sit-com 'Begonia Rex'. But then again it could be something created by Writer: Scott Snyder; Artist: Becky Cloonan; and Publisher: DC Comics in August 2012. I think.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
My mate Jerry once paid me back for a good deed I did for him by giving me thirty-five packets of spicy-hot noodles. Now I though that this was a very nice gesture really. Honestly I did. Although it was rather filling on my stomach afterwards. Just like this issue of Batman as a matter of fact -- one entitled 'Ghost in the Machine'.

  • Picture the scene. You're a girl called Harper Row, and you're currently in the process of being re-housed because Wayne Industries are going to renovate your era.
  • Moreover, you have been invited to attend a gala ball hosted by Bruce Wayne because of this occurrence
  • However, these 'slices of life' don't really faze you withing the scheme of things. What fazes you is when your gay brother, Cullen, gets beaten up by hooligans in front of your very eyes.
  • Oops!
  • Don't fret though -- Batman is nearby to kick these cretins into touch -- which suddenly gives you an idea to aide this Caped Crusader.
  • A technological aide might I add.

  Zzzzt! To be continued after a good deed gets told off.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Although he wasn't in this book, I did like the 'Tim Drake' reference in it. To me it did two things subliminally. Initially it substantiated Bruce Wayne's 'image' to the citizens of Gotham City. And subsequently it was nice to know that Tim is still one of Bruce's lad's.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Without a shadow of a doubt the best thing about this issue was its perspective. You see, to me, this was an everyman type tale which relayed a parable about the common man -- or should that be woman -- who deep down just wants to do good things for their community.

What's not to like about that, huh?

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Apart for some of the art-work -- which I'll get to later -- this issue was nigh on perfect all the way through. No gripe. Only praise.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I think that this is the first time I have read an 'everyman' type tale where I could actually sympathise with the focus of the piece -- the protagonist. Honest to God, both Harper and Cullen Row are great creations, and in many ways they both remind me of independent comic book type characters -- and not mainstream ones.

ART: My only small gripe with this story was that the artist, Becky Cloonan, does draw her humans a bit too similar in places. But as I said, this is only a small gripe, and did not hinder the story all that much, because the rest of her work was just marvellous. I honestly like to see more from her in the future.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
HARPER: Just look at that face and tell me that Ellen Page isn't the spit of this pretty tech-head geek. Heck, while I am on the subject of 'Juno' cast members...

CULLEN: ... why not cast Michael Cera as her gay brother too. Well, lets face it, Michael does look like someone who likes interior decorating, doesn't he?

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Good Intentions Are Not Always Well Received, Especially If The Receiver Rises In The Knight.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so this issue was about someone who wanted to help someone else, right? But went about doing it in the wrong way. Moreover, there was an indie slated tone to this tale too?  So why not compare it to the film 'Juno', with a ShikaIno twist to it. I've already cast, Ellen Page, so why not, huh?

FINAL thoughts...
'Smashing' - 'Amazing' - 'Outstanding' - and 'Very Nice'. These are but a few of the words I could use to describe this great issue of Batman. Honestly, tales like this one gives me some hope for 'the new 52', plus the future of comic books in general. It just reinforces that the talent is out there and the passion is for the people and not for the big-bucks.

Amen. Say no more. 

MARKS out of 10? 9