Back in time one month, Batman and Robin are on the trail of a man in a goat mask, chasing him through a meat packing plant, where many of the workers dawn goat masks, and attack the dynamic duo as well. Meanwhile, Talia al Ghul is hosing a Leviathan steak dinner, where she tells her guests to "eat as Leviathan eats."
Damian manages to tackle the man they were chasing, but all the sudden, the goat is shot and killed. Damian puts his hands in the air to make it clear he did nothing, but Bruce tackles him out of the way before a second shot can be fired. Turns out Goatboy, a drugged up two bit assassin trying to get in on the bounty on Robin's head, took a shot at him with a "rocket rifle" from half way across the city. Realizing his missed his shot, Goatboy makes a get away, trying to escape before Batman can find him.
Meanwhile, with Bruce and Damian covered in cows blood, tying up the bad guys, the manager comes in, panicking, the only thing he can do is helplessly try to get his slaughter house running again. Bruce stops him, pointing out the two horned star on hi, meaning that Leviathan had tainted the beef. Damian steps in front of the cow to be slaughtered, and proclaims himself a vegetarian from there on out, and the cow? BAT-COW!!!
Meanwhile, at the Leviathan dinner, Talia attempts to gain control over some of the mob member's territory, to which one guy says he and his brother never give into all the crazies in masks. Talia then tells him while the others ate steak, he ate his brother. The guy starts freaking out, as Talia's Man-Bat ninja's fly him away.
Bruce and Damian are on the trail of a truck marked with the same symbol the cow was, most likely more tainted beef, as they discuss recent (lethal) events ranging from Spook, Nobody to Otto Netz. Despite the argument, Damian does his job, and derails the truck. But before anything else can happen, the man from the Leviathan dinner is dropped from the sky, to his death, right in front of the Dynamic Duo, as Bruce figures Talia is trying to send him a message.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a hooded figure enters a S&M shop, heading to a changing room in back, where he's lowered into the Batcave West, along with Batwing, Looker, Halo, Freight Train, Gaucho and Wingman, who apparently has been put in charge by Batman.
Batman and Robin then find where the truck was headed, seeing a group of the Mutants Gang loading the beef to be shipped out. Goatboy again takes an opportunity to shoot Damian, while he attacks the gang. Batman interrupts him though.
We then see Goatboy and another man, backed by The Heretic/Fatherless, speaking with Talia. Both claim to have killed Robin. Talia deduces the other man is lying, as the Heretic snaps his neck within his fist. Goatboy pleas with them, saying he's not lying, offering his cellphone as proof.
First when Batman showed up, he shot him, but Batman's cowl prevented him from being killed. But with Bamtan dazed, it gave Goatboy enough time to line up a shot on Damian. Goatboy tells Talia that he's in "deep" with the Dark Knight, asking for help, as he shows her a picture of Batman clutching Damian's supposedly dead body.
Man, this is how you do a first issue, just crazy out there shit, with a big cliff hanger ending. The first page? WHAT? Bat-Cow? Fucking awesome. The last page? WHAT?! Grant Morrison's back, and he's bringing a crazy insane flavor, completely different than any other bat book, and very welcome.
Chris Burnham brought his A-game as well, the art was fantastic, had a vivd flow of movement, and is riddled with tiny little details everywhere.
This was truly a great issue, and I'm so glad to have this book back. I have nothing bad to say about it.