Three issues into an Eternal series and things are remaining laser focused while continuing to tell a single compelling story... THIS SHIT IS WEIRD, YOU GUYS... but I like it.
The Spoilers:As you've probably seen in the preview, Dick and the others prevent Jason and Cassandra fighting too much, pointing out that Cassandra isn't there to kill them, more save/warn them or something. With Harper in bad shape, they all retreat the the Batcave where it's safe and talk things over after they all listen to the recording Bruce left.
Helena forces contact with Dick by sort of reminding him that he's covered in flesh eating nanobots, so when he calls in, she and Dr. Netz relay some really old info that came from the records of Agent Zero about "Mother." Turns out Mother is a human trafficker of sorts who is invoked in "designer human beings," and Jason comes to think that it's possible mother could have needed a child soldier or three for her operation (Dick, Jason, Tim).
Flashback to the Batman and Robin scene: Bruce, not knowing much of Scarecrow's toxin at the time asks Dick to describe the effect, which he reluctantly does in detail. Dick then asks Bruce what he saw and gets a clear lie of an answer with Bruce saying he saw nothing.
Back in the present, Helena has done some tracking of Poppy, the Mother agent who betrayed them and seems like she's headed towards an event being held for Bruce Wayne that night, so of course Dick heads out to intercept, while the rest stay in the cave, as Cassandra beckons Harper to follower her deeper for some reason.
At the event, Bruce is all "I'm Bruce Wayne, totally not Batman, I like to finger paint." and gets lead into the kitchen by the chef where there's at least a dozen Mother agents witch hatchets waiting for him. Oh no.
The Opinion:After the first two issues, this was more of a step back and everyone tries to figure out what the fuck is going on… but it's only three issues in so there are barely any answers to be had! What really stands out is how well all these characters play off of each other, and it just continues to prove how well Tim Seeley gets the characters he works with. Everything I've read from him ranging from Hack/Slash all the way to Grayson just features great characters having really entertaining reactions with one another. I really, really hope we get more work from him in the Batman world in the coming year, he just writes really fun stories.
Three issues in, and I'm really loving this series. I went from being super hesitant towards it due to how the first Eternal series ended up, to really looking forward to each week. Such a huge improvement in story and focus already, it's a really great book so far.