Comic Book A Day – Day 25 – Batman 12 (2012)

Batman 12 Review


Did we just sort of, kind of get an Oracle character back in the Bat-verse?  Kinda, sorta.

Harper Row from Batman

Row Row Row your Batman.

Batman #12 was all about New 52 character Harper Row.  While she first appeared in Batman #7 (or #1 according to a lot of websites) we really get her origin story here.


Homophobia is so gay.

Scott Snyder once again enriches the Bat-verse with new characters and mythology.  Here High School student Harper and her brother Cullen live in The Narrows, which is basically the really crappy part of Gotham (have we ever seen the really nice part outside of Wayne Manor?).

Harper is something of a fix-it genius and spends her time patching up the ancient Gotham City power grid underground.


Batman always leaves a trial of pee behind as he leaves the scene.

She figures out that Batman has “Bat-Boxes” attached to Gotham’s power grid, that not only don’t leech power, they actually help amplify the grid to keep it online.

This is pretty awesome because it shows that Batman doesn’t just go around punching clowns, he is actually working to make Gotham a better, more functioning city.  He’s helping out everyone, all the time!

It also allows him to manipulate street lights, power to certain blocks and especially security cameras so he can either remain hidden from view or allow the cops to see that they’re needed.

After Batman saves her and her brother from anti-gay thugs, Harper works towards paying Batman back and looks like she’s going to become part of his team…whether Batman wants it or not.

For continuing to build the Bat-verse and not dropping the ball after the awesome Court of Owls storyline, I’m giving Batman 12 (2012) 5 out of 6 possible Aarons!


Aaron Haber



Tweet From Henchmen – The Holiday Killer

Zod You”d think a guy who calls himself “The Holiday Killer” wouldn”t forget online casino his #1 henchman”s birthday…again! #eatingbirthdaycakealone


Alberto Falcone the Holiday Killer

Comic Book A Day – Day 4 – Shadow Of The Bat #0

Shadow Of The Bat 0

Oscar The Crouch

This October DC comics dares to bring you the all-new, all-original 0 (that’s Zero and not a weirdo letter “o”) issues of your favorite comics where their true origins will be revealed, while at the same time introducing new story arcs! It is so all-new and so all-original that…

Zero Hour

This will fix everything! Except for Hawkman…nothing can stop the Juggernaut and nothing can fix Hawkman’s continuity issues.

Wait, what?

It’s been done in pretty much the same way back in the Zero Hour Crisis back in 1994?

Well crap!

So anyway…in 1994 DC comics attempted to (once-a-freaking-gain) fix it’s continuity problems by having a massive crisis.




I knew I shouldn’t have had the Fajita Sundae…

Zero Hour was referred to as a “Crisis in Time” which also refers to the time gap between eating at a Sizzler and driving hour as fast as you can so you don’t crap your pants).

Shadow Of The Bat 0

So anyway, Shadow Of The Bat #0…This issue basically gives us the definitive (until it was changed another 700 times) back story as to how Bruce Wayne became The Batman.

Batman Family

So many bathrooms, so little time.

So his parents are murdered, he gets furious and then audits classes around the globe and joins the FBI and…wait, what?!?

Batman Says "Stay In School"

Or at least audit a bunch of classes for a while.

I’m struck by how Bruce Wayne just sort of, you know, casually audits classes and this allows him to become the greatest detective of all time.  It’s like if I went to the Aquarium every once in a while and turned into Aquaman.

And what’s this crap about him joining the F.B.I.?  Where, by the way, he only had a desk job because he…wait for it…couldn’t figure out how to use guns.

The art is not my style, Batman looks like a cross between something out of a Dr. Suess book and Mad Magazine and the writing and story are sort of blah, especially for such an “important issue”.

Batman Zero

Batman o: All the Bat-taste, none of the calories!

Maybe this October almost 18 years to the day that the last round of zeros came out, we’ll get a more exciting origin issue!

This issue gets Aaron HaberAaron Haber

2 Aarons out of 6.  Blarg!

Until I become someone else…I am,

Aaron Haber

Editor-In-Chief of

Tweets From Henchmen

Tweets from henchmen Is that gun of his a real miniature Thompson?  Did he buy it at the Kids R Us gun counter?


Tweets from Henchmen

Sorry, I’ll never ask where your hand is again!

Tweets from Henchmen

Tweets from henchmen I hate that damn coin at lunch time.  Heads I buy the guys a meal.  Tails I kill them and get a ham sandwich.


It sucks working for Two-Face

Not ham again!