Oh no, the Joker's on the loose. Get ready to cook your own goose. Set the oven to gas mark ten. Then time it to Big Ben. Before finally giving the contents to my mate Bruce. Choo-Choo! Please note: this doesn't have absolutely anything to do with the following cross-over event cobbled together by the Writer: Scott Lobdell; the Artist: Brett Booth; and the Publisher: DC Comics in January 2013.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Under Batgirl's guidance, can you guess what member of the Teen Titans manages to prize Red-Robin away from the Jokers maniacal clutches, in this adventure entitled 'Teen Scream'? Would it be:

  1. Kid Flash: by running around Gotham City with Solstice by his side.
  2. Wonder Girl: by standing around talking to Bunker about autographs and the price of lint.
  3. Superboy: Although he's not in this story.

Well, if I'm being honest with you, nobody saves Red-Robin as of yet. Furthermore, the Joker has second-guessed that his team would try to track him down, and has laced fleet-feet's feet with a venomous toxin.

Ouch! To be continued when the Outlaws turn up...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Oh, dear! This may be a very difficult question for me to answer really. For a start: I thought it quite amusing when Bunker moaned about forgetting to ask Batgirl for her autograph. Moreover, I thought it very pithy how the Joker defined Red-Robin as a character also. But the stand out for me would have to be when the Joker pre-empted what Red-Robin was thinking, verbally stating out loud what was inside Tim's mind.

Ha! What a git!

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
OK, I know that this may sound a bit corny, but I did like seeing Brett Booth returning to this book again. Listen, I'm not taking anything away from last issues artist -- Ale Garza -- because he was a smashing replacement. But in a strange way I feel that Brett and this comic are meant to be together, especially when you take into consideration how well they've both come along within the last year or so.

Please keep it up, pal. You were missed.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Maybe this is just me, but I didn't see any point of Batgirl being in this issue at all. She just turned up. Complained for a bit. Told the Teen Titans what to do. Then buggered off.

Nah! Too forced for my own liking. And could have been substituted with Cassie coming-up with a plan by herself. 

What was the most INNOVATIVE thing about this issue?
Wasn't it very imaginative how Tim narrated this issue, although part of his narration was done in a cursory manner? It was as though he was surmising what Batgirl and the Teen Titans would be up to, whilst he himself was incarcerated.

Personally speaking, it's these nice little creative touches, which make this book a great addition to the DC Universe, plus very personable as an entity in its own right. 

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
SOLSTICE: Still in my plant-based casting-call vibe, dear reader, and still in the mood to cast this lovely teen as a Black Pansy. Yeah. I'm not messing about. Black is the actual color of this pretty little thing. Both of them.

BATGIRL: Did you know that there was a species of flower called a 'Bat-Plant'? 'Tacca chantrieri' is its given name. Granted. But if ever there was a person who had to be assigned to this breed or orchid, it would have to be our Bab's.

What WORD or PHRASE could you use to sum-up this story?
'If you search and search and stop searching, then ultimately you'll find what you need. It is the experience of living' -- Marion Cotillard

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
In essence this adventure is about a villain telling his enemy a couple of old truths, whilst the hero's friends try to find him. So how about comparing this comic book to the tail end of 'Return of the Jedi'?

What do you think?

FINAL thoughts...
If I may, I'd like to do a quick run through about this 'Death of the Family' story-line.

  1. The Joker either knows or doesn't know the Bat-Clan's true identities.
  2. It's taken him over a year to get back into the game of villainy again.
  3. For some unknown reason he won't secure his skin to his face.
  4. Whatever Jokers 'big plan' is, it has something to do with the other rouges in Batman's gallery.
  5. He wants to kidnap all of Batman's allies
  6. The Joker wants to improve Batman.

OK, so with that out of my noggin, I have come up with one conclusion; and one conclusion alone -- The Joker isn't the Joker, it's someone else entirely.

Admittedly, I know that this does sound like a stab in the dark. But let face facts, if he knew who Batman was years ago, why did he wait till now before unveiling this knowledge? In addition to this, why does he constantly tease his enemies, without securing his skin?

Makes a sort of sense, right? Maybe this skinless chap is someone associate with the 'Red Hood gang' seen in the zero issue. Who has now captured the Joker, and is using him as a patsy against the Batman.

Huh? What's that you say? 'B*llocks'? Fair enough. Let's see you try any better.

MARKS out of 10? 9