This is a pretty nice cover marred by the words and the fucking Bat Lash advert.
Father: "Look what I got the family! A parrot!"
Daughter: "Can it speak?"
Parrot: "BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK BAWK!"
Mother: "Take it the fuck back."
I hope that story isn't more interesting than the story in All Star Western which I'm about to read right now!
Last issue (and the cover of this issue!), Tallulah Black was tossed out of the window of Wayne's Casino (whichever Wayne this is! I can't keep them straight). This issue, there are slight repercussions.
It's possible I should remember Lucius but I'm sure he's one of the Followers of Cain/Skull Ring Society/Crime Bible Syndicate guys. Especially since his bodyguard is The Crimson Pirate Molester. He doesn't molest pirates! He molests children dressed as a pirate. He always has to explain that when declaring who he is.
Those tits look familiar. I think I should probably remember Tallulah from the first story arc.
"The poor woman has..." what? What! Rats in her vagina? Stinging nipples? Diarrhea?
A little after-dinner absinthe to calm the nerves created by that chick with the rats in her vagina.
Nearly every page of this issue so far has given me that flushy kind of buzzed feeling you get from tossing back a pontarlier of absinthe (or do you merely sip out of a pontarlier? I had to look that up since I know every liquor gets its own type of glass but I am sorely lacking in matching the glasses with the drinks). It makes me giddy even if the references, asides, and allusions aren't very subtle. If I were to have asked for my dream comic ten years ago, I never would have guessed that "A Brave and Bold style team-up starring Jonah Hex and Amadeus Arkham!" would have been the correct answer.
His mother is still alive! Perhaps will get a story arc where Mad-dog kills her and Jonah and Amadeus capture Mad-dog and lock him in Arkham's basement where Amadeus can torture him until he dies!
I like this use of the Court of Owls. Now that they've been established, they can play a huge role in this story that takes place 120 years or so previous to Batman's destroying them. I'm assuming that Batman destroys them in Batman #11.
Later, Tallulah wakes up and Arkham has a very uncomfortable yet strangely sensual morning.
This man and the guard are killed within seconds of Arkham leaving the cell.
And then there's the Bat Lash back-up story. I only know of Bat Lash from the 1980s version of Who's Who, the one that actually looked like a comic book instead of looking like a homework assignment. I was prepared not to like it. But this is a well told comic tale. Really done well. And so I was charmed by him just like all the women he's supposedly bedded, if you believe the tale he narrates.
Here he is at a young age discovering one of life's bountiful treasures.