Tie your fucking shoes, kid! Or at least double knot them if they're going to dangle like that.
Damien (you know, Robin!) is wandering the sewers of Gotham when Alfred's call goes out warning the Bat Family about the Talons and their victims. Robin wants to head back to the Batcave to help his father but Alfred tells him he's needed to protect Major General Benjamin Burrows. I'm not familiar with this guy at all. Robin takes off with his mini-jetpack (he has one of those?!) and heads out to help.
The big question here is why was Robin scouring Gotham's sewers? He had some thing that looked like a metal detector. This kid is trouble so I'm suspicious! Maybe Batman dropped the Batkeys in the sewers going after Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum during Dark Knight #8 and he's sent Robin to fetch them. That sounds like a pretty good job for Robin.
No, you're the National Guard! You aren't supposed to be in Afghanistan! But you're being used like overseas reserve troops which is bullshit.
Images like this one keep me reading comics.
Talon attacks but Major General's men keep him occupied by getting their heads cut off. During the fifteen seconds that takes, the Major General hops on Robin's back and they blast off to safety! Except the Talon's dead muscles allow him to leap great distances!
And, speaking of molestation, it grabs onto Robin's wing with an inappropriate sound effect.
Meanwhile, the Talon decides to do a little Jason Voorhees on some campers while chasing down the Major General.
This is truly the most disturbing comic book of The New 52.
A squad of National Guardsmen stumble upon Robin dragging the Major General back to the outpost. Robin quickly sets them up in a defensive perimeter to defend he Major General. But even with all of the guns and bullets and whatnot, the Talon manages to pick the soldiers off one by one with his new bow and arrows. But not Robin!
I think the "FAP" sound effect means Robin's extraordinary reflexes are the results of many hours of masturbation.
This might be one of my favorite uses of the Bat Grapple.
Batman and Robin #9 Rating: +1 Ranking. This comic had at least four instances of decapitation. And not hinted at, off-panel decapitation! Right there for everyone to see it! Well, okay, the campers did get beheaded off-panel. But that shot of them still sitting cross-legged with no heads was kind of disgusting. I'm still fascinated that the title featuring Robin as a protagonist is the most violent and bloody of all of The New 52. Plus what is the creative team's fascination with the "FAP" sound effect in this comic? It's also been used in Blue Beetle once. You know I copied it and saved it for later photoshop usage! Hee hee!