Overall: This comic (kind of) continues from the Batman & Robin one-shot I reviewed earlier tonight. Red Robin and Bruce Wayne(in the guise of the mystery man)have headed to Amsterdam to infiltrate and take down a group of assassins called the Council of Spiders. While Tim creates trouble for the Spiders as an interfering outside super-hero, Bruce will join the team. For the most part everything goes according to plan, with Bruce saving a few of the Spiders from Tim's attack, and being offered a spot on their team. However, one of Tim's operatives, Prudence, unexpectedly arrives on the scene to help out, which wasn't in Tim's plans. Tim improvises, and in the end, he manages to take down the Spiders, fend off Bruce(who was still playing the part of the villain in case he ever needs to work with the Spiders again) and get Prudence to assist him while keeping her from killing anybody. So it's all good then? Not quite. It turns out that Prudence hasn't been loyal to Tim and instead was still in cahoots with Ra's Al Ghul, who upon hearing Prudence's reports about Tim and the mystery man puts two and two together and figures out that Bruce must have returned to life. This information actually seems to upset Ra's, who seems to think that Bruce should have contacted him and informed him of his rebirth(HA!). Poor Ra's and his hurt feelings close out this one.
First off, I'm sorry, but Ra's acting like a jealous lover definitely gave me a chuckle. What the hell did Ra's expect, his Detective to stroll up to one of Ra's bases, sit down, have a cup if tea and reminisce about the good old days?? Methinks Talia isn't the only Al Ghul infatuated with Brucie... I enjoyed this comic, although once again, Fabian made sure to play up Vicki Vale's story in this comic, as now she was accosting Alfred for answers about Bruce being Batman. I already had myself one rant about Vicki tonight, so if you want to know how I feel about her and her story, go and check out my review of the Batman and Robin one shot. The bottom line was that this was a good, if somewhat convoluted comic.
Score: 8 out of 10.The yellow utility belt is a bit on the nose, no?