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Beware the Batman – Reckoning

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2014

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Beware the Batman - Reckoning

Wrapping up the three episode arc, “Reckoning” forces Katana (Sumalee Montano) to face the truth about Alfred (JB Blanc), pits Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) not only against Ra’s al Ghul (Lance Reddick) and the League of Assassins but also a collection of recently-freed super-villains who are sent after the Dark Knight by the Demon’s Head, and offer the newest unofficial member of the Bat-Family a chance to shine. Before the episode ends, with the help of his friends, Batman will stand triumphant over not only the League of Assassins but also Professor Pyg (Brian George) and Mr. Toad (Udo Kier), Magpie (Grey DeLisle), Tobias Whale (Michael-Leon Wooley), Phosphorus Rex (Greg Ellis), and Cypher.

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Detective Comics #34

by Alan Rapp on August 12, 2014

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Detective Comics #34The opening arc of new creative team Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato comes to a close as Batman‘s fight with the Kings of the Sun ends with Batman victorious but Annie Aguila‘s own battle and path of vengeance is a bittersweet reminder that not everyone in Gotham City can be saved.

The Icarus arc has spent quite a bit of time on Batman’s relationship with Detective Harvey Bullock, which continues here. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues moving forward or if Manapul and Buccellato have other members of the GCPD or Batman’s supporting cast to highlight in the coming months (I’d know I’d like to see Renee Montoya back on the force).

Stripped of any super-villain, or larger-than-life Bat-villain, the Icarus arc sets a tone for an intriguing book on Batman’s battle with the street-level criminal element of Gotham, while highlighting his reliance on his detective skills, that I hope to see continue as well. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Beware the Batman – Darkness

by Alan Rapp on August 11, 2014

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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Fall
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Beware the Batman - Darkness

With Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) captured and all of Gotham plunged into darkness, Beware the Batman picks up the thread of the mid-season finale as Katana (Sumalee Montano) struggles to work with Alfred (JB Blanc) given Ra’s al Ghul‘s (Lance Reddick) revelation about her father’s death and Batman is forced to make an unlikely partnership to secure his escape.

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Beware the Batman – Fall

by Alan Rapp on August 4, 2014

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Beware the Batman - Fall

The mid-season finale of Beware the Batman picks up several loose threads from the show’s First Season including Katana‘s (Sumalee Montano) relationship with scientist Jason Burr (Matthew Lillard), the completion of the Ion Cortex, and the League of Assassins‘ interest in both. “Fall” also introduces the show’s first villain who proves more than a match for Batman (Anthony Ruivivar), as a rejuvenated Ra’s al Ghul (Lance Reddick) assumes control of the League and puts his plans into motion.

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Batman ’66 #13

by Alan Rapp on August 3, 2014

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Batman '66 #13Collecting two rather than the usual three issues of the digital series (meaning there’s no back-up story following the two-part tale this month), Batman ’66 #13 features the Dynamic Duo taking on on Hollywood when a dark and grim television show begins depicting the Dark Knight Detective in a way that begins to affect how both criminals and law-abiding citizens view Batman and Robin.

Reversing the idea of the 60s television show helping to lighten-up Batman (with the help of the Comics Code) from his grimmer roots, the story has a certain flair although I don’t expect “Bat-Business” to actually catch on as a favorite catch phrase. The first-half of the story works better me than the wrap-up as the Hollywood producer turns out to be your typical Batman villain (attempting to kill the Dynamic Duo live on-camera).

The choice to drop the price of the issue a dollar and forgo he back-up story is of interest making the comic a bit more affordable but also meaning we’re left without a Batgirl sighting or a second villain. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Batman ’66 SDCC Panel

by Alan Rapp on August 1, 2014

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Holy retro SDCC panel, Batman! Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar all sit down for a special Batman ’66 panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

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A look at some of DC’s upcoming toys including the first few figures from the Batman: The Animated Series line.

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DC WB Comic-Con Panel

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2014

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The stars of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine converge in San Diego for the DC WB panel at Comic-Con.

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Beware the Batman – Attraction

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2014

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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Attraction
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Beware the Batman - Attraction

Returning to Cartoon Network after being abruptly pulled back in October, the final 15 episodes of the series begin here with the first of two episodes included in the previously-released home video set. Misplaced affection and jealousy are the major themes of “Attraction” as Magpie (Grey DeLisle), misunderstanding Batman‘s (Anthony Ruivivar) guilt over her condition for romantic overtures, comes to the conclusion that the only thing stopping the Dark Knight Detective from openly returning her affection is Katana (Sumalee Montano).

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  • Title: Batman – Zelda the Great / A Death Worse Than Fate
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Batman - Zelda the Great

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments of the Dark Knight Detective on the big and small screen. It’s interesting to note that Catwoman wasn’t the first female villain to battle the Dynamic Duo on the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The return of the April Fool’s Day brings the return of an unknown thief who robs Gotham City’s banks of exactly $100,000 for the third year in a row. With no leads other than the robber’s bullet proof vest and odd fibers left at the scene, Batman decides to plant a fake story in the newspaper that the stolen money was counterfeit in hopes of drawing out the culprit to make another robbery attempt.

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