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Broody!Batsy Gets Kinky

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Issue #52, Detective Comics (June 1941)

Batman & Robin in…”The Secret of The Jade Box!”

Moody!Monday, Batfans!

Compared to the excitement filled week we had, this weekend was blissfully lacking in the crazy. The weather mostly cooperated, despite being cold and drippy (welcome to Seattle!), there were no police raids or car issues to speak of. In fact, there was much Skyrimming and relaxing and yummy Chinese food to be had.

I’m finally ALL caught up on Castle, so from here on out, it’s all new eps that come on weekly. *sighs* I hate waiting for the next episode of a show that I’m so totally into.

On the good side? Tomorrow is the release of book 3 by Darynda Jones, Third Grave Dead Ahead. And I, for one, am excited all to hell about it! Also? With any luck, tomorrow we’ll be able to see Haywire without any major power outage issues.

Speaking of excitement… *cranks up the Deadmau5 and gets to snarking*

NANANANANANANANA – ONWARD!

When last we left our partners in non-crime, they were kicking ass and taking names (all while chewing bubble gum) at a corrupt carnival overrun by fiendish thugs. After such a whirlwind adventure, this week’s ‘ish starts a bit more on the low-key, but no less ominous, front, with a man, his money, and a little jade box:

Mister!Potter (I dare you to not say that with an English accent ala HP) takes his newfound treasure home with shaking hands and quivering moustache tips, letting his Man!Thomas know he’s expecting a visit from none other than Brucie later that evening. Alone once more with his preciousssss, he takes a closer look and discovers that there’s a bit more than meets the eye:

Before Mister!Potter can blink, he’s suddenly set upon by knife-wielding shadows that stabbity him to death. He dies with nary a peep, so when Brucie finally shows for his appointment, Man!Thomas can’t figure out where Mister!Potter could’ve run off to:

Having tidied up after his messy employer, Man!Thomas discovers a grisly sight:

They summon the police, like the good Gotham citizens they are, and though the boys in blue comb the area, they aren’t able to find so much as a useable fingerprint to tell them who committed such a heinous crime. Bruce takes his leave as soon as he’s cleared for takeoff and heads home:

Deciding to go it alone, Brucie dons his Batsy garb and heads out to do a little recon of his own:

He climbs up the side of the Potter mansion, and discovers Man!Thomas still slaving away at that stain in the carpet:

Batsy launches into his questions before Man!Thomas can run screaming from the room:

Man!Thomas grabs the jade box, whether from a genuine need to help or sheer terror, and hands it over to Batsy…who promptly tells him to NOT tell the GCPD about the box and spirits it away. He doesn’t get far before he starts looking it over and quickly discovers the same false bottom that got Mister!Potter killed earlier in the night, but this time, whatever was inside is now gone.

Meanwhile, across town:

Not long after, Man!Thomas is visited by three very large knife-wielding Asian non-shadows and just as quickly, he tells them everything they want to know:

Meanwhile Batsy gets the full story of the box, including Achmed’s full confession that he sent the men to Mister!Potter’s house when the original seller of the box came back and demanded to know who he sold it to. Satisfied, our hero leaves, BUT WAIT! He catches a glimpse of a menacing shadow that puts him on full alert:

Before Green!Death gets the chance to skewer him, Batsy springs into action, knocking him off the awning and beating him into submission just as G!D’s friends show up to finish the job:

He makes quick work of the henchies:

Just then, the GCPD show up and our hero darts into the shadows, disappearing down an alleyway. Days later, a group of thugs make the rounds of the Oriental!Quarter, hitting up all the “tea shops, chop suey places, and laundries” (direct quote) offering protection from harm for all of the shop owners. When they try to resist, the Head!Henchie whispers in their ear and suddenly they’re all on board.

Soon, the problem becomes so widespread, a committee is formed to petition the “unofficial mayor” of the Oriental!Quarter, Loo!Chung, to take care of the situation:

Batsy appears right then and offers to lend his assistance in taking care of the problem, but he needs some details first. Apparently, the problem goes all the way back to the year 1203, and a Mongol conquerer:

And this wasn’t just *any* ring either:

Somewhere along the way, the ring was lost, but it seems that the hooligans in charge of the “protection” racket have managed to get their grubby hands on it. Batman promises to put a stop to these shenanigans and once the committee leaves, our hero sits down to have a little pow-wow with Loo!Chung about the box:

Falling down a long shaft, Batsy smacks into the cement floor and lays there, dazed, until he sees a large shadow headed for him. A large shadow that turns out to be a WILD!DOG! Our hero grapples with the beast until he finds an opening:

A few minutes (and a vial of acid on the door lock) later, Batsy is nearly free from his cell when a flashlight beam stops him in his tracks. A mighty gong summons the rest of the men. Batsy flees, but runs into a little trouble:

BDSM!Batsy turns the tables and jerks the whip out of his attacker’s hands just in time for a knife thrust:

De-knifed AND de-whipped, Batsy uses the only other weapon at hand to take down his foe:

He races over to help the poor guy in chains, but is stopped when Loo!Chung appears sporting two new henchies…and a gun:

But before Loo!Chung can pull the trigger, a shadow appears and scares his henchies, giving Batsy the opening he needs to take them down. As he does:

Loo makes a break for it, but Batsy’s ready this time:

Finally able to free the old man in the chains, our heroes get the full story of how Loo!Chung discovered the ring by accident and Old!Dood was so worried about the greedy looks that he stole the ring from Loo’s pocket, stuck it in the box, and that box was then sold to Achmed.

Until Thursday!

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