Shit dude! You don't irradiate Batman! The last thing he needs are super powers! He'll be unstoppable!
At the end of last issue, Batman was being completely encased in some kind of organism in a chemical mishap in the bat cave.
Yeah, that was a good joke! Batman thought he was....
No! Stop it! The mood is now somber and dramatic! You will not begin with that voice! Batman's safety should be our utmost concern! If he's hurt or killed while we're making light of the situation, we won't be able to live with ourselves!
You can tell Batman is really in trouble because Daniel uses two full pages to show Batman screaming in pain.
Meanwhile at the Dunhill Laboratories, Mister Toxic is causing more death and destruction.
Of course, you could have used the door.
This scene is so dramatic it called for another two page spread.
No, really. That's how short the main story was. It might have to do with the two giant double page spreads and several single page splashes. This comic is Tony Daniel's version of turning in a term paper double spaced with size 24 font.
The back-up story is about Joker's face being locked away in the evidence vault creeping out the cops. The story ends with the editorial blurb: "The Joker returns in Batman #13". Good! At least Snyder will be handling the Joker's return and not Daniel! Oh, and the rest of the story doesn't matter. About a rookie cop standing up to Bullock and impressing him.
Detective Comics #12 Rating: No change. Absolutely nothing impressive here. Although it was the best comic I read today after reading Green Arrow #12 and G.I. Combat #4. Actually it may have been a tie with G.I. Combat #4.