When Arsenal suddenly takes control of both teams. They discover that he has an awful lot of dreams. He must never-ever sing. He must never-ever have a fling. And he should never-ever press his own seams. Yeah. Why don't you ask these chaps if you don't believe me? Writers: Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza; Artist: Brett Booth; plus Publisher: DC Comics. But of course, only ask them in February 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Gotham Run's Red'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Whilst their respective team-mates team-up and go in search for the Red Hood and Red Robin, the Joker forces them to beat the living sh*t out of each other, or otherwise he'll kill one their captured fathers.   
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Err... well... no. Not really. But 'The Reds' do come real close in capturing this clown. Kind of.
  • DOES ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yes. Two things actually. The Teen Titans 'secret benefactor', Lance, gets attacked by Basilik agents. Plus the Demon Trigon prepares the world for the arrival of his daughter, Raven.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With some pasty face git laughing like a loon whilst showing us a bloody silver serving platter.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Like many of you out in cyberspace, I've always liked reading stuff in a comic book I can associate with on a personal level. Now in this particular issue there were two pieces of dialogue I chose from -- both of them said by the Joker -- which were...

(1) 'Why am I at my most funniest for an audience of one?'
(2) 'Whistle while you work, Batman is a jerk. Put on a grin, and dig right in, to scream so loud it hurts'.

Errr... No comment.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Even though I did get a bit of a kick out of reading the main segment of this adventure, in retrospect I have to say that the cameos in this issue were strangely bi-polar for me. Both good and bad.

On the one hand it was very-very nice to see Raven in a 'Teen Titans' title again. Yet, whilst saying that...

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
... this section and the 'Lance sections' of the story didn't seem to fit in like the 'team bonding section' did, because they felt rather 'wedged into place', so to speak.

Granted, this may have something to do with the fleeting nature of these 'segments' within the confines of this particular Batman cross-over event. Furthermore, they did depart us -- the reader -- away from the plot at a time I would have preferred to have stayed with it.

Know what I mean?

Please note: This is a minor gripe at best. A nano-gripe.

What was the most INNOVATIVE thing about this issue?
At one time or another both Jay's and Tim's respective fathers where as dead as Disco. So for yours truly, it was a nice twist to see their son's pitted against each other, due to the fact that their lives were being threatened by the Joker (as opposed to a personality clash, as they did pre-52).

Pick TWO CHARACTERS out this comic book, and compare them individually to a SIMPSONS CAST MEMBER.
KEARNEY ZZYZWICZ AS THE RED HOOD: Come on. If Kearney ever did play Jay, he wouldn't need a helmet, would he? He'd just have to paint his head red instead. (Oh! That rhymed).

JIMBO JONES AS RED ROBIN: Listen, have you ever heard how Tim speaks to his team-mates? It could be perceived as being rather clottish don't you know.

What WORD or PHRASE could you use to sum-up this story?
'Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect' -- Steven Wright

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER' BY THE HOLLIES: I've chosen this song to represent this comic book mainly because of the brotherly connection, and the overall rhapsodic nature of their intent.

After reading both of Scott Lobdell's books this month -- the other one being Red Hood and The Outlaws -- I've started to notice that he's getting ready to do something we've all been craving for since he began his stint as DC -- Bringing back some of the old pre-52 razzmatazz.

Doctor Hugo Strange and Deathstoke over on 'The Outlaws', and Trigon and Raven over here, now doesn't all this sound like a really great development to you, dear reader? It does to me. One hundred percent. I personally feel that this whole New 52 malarkey can only really work if you retro-con past characters in a way that is both respectful and insightful at the same time.

Fair enough, I know that Scott has made a bit of a pigs-ear out Jay's and Tim's respective origins previously. Still, I'm pretty damn sure he'll 'make-good' with this sooner or later, and then slap back that old 'back to basics' charm.

Just take this particular issue for instance. It teased us. It told us a bold story. Plus it also added a very personable dimension between Jay and Tim, which I'd like to see a lot more of in the future. Lovely. Bloody lovely.

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If this comic book was an occupation, for obvious reasons it would be a lap-dancer.