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Batman #14

by Alan Rapp on January 12, 2017

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Batman #14 comic reviewDC Comics notorious New 52 issue Catwoman #1 offered up one of the dumbest issues in the comic company’s history with Batman and Catwoman hate-fucking on a rooftop. Although Batman #14 ends in a similar manner, writer Tom King at least attempts to make the act have meaning this time around. He’s only partially successful.

Catwoman’s short stint with the Suicide Squad is done and Batman is prepared to return Selena to prison by the end of the night, at least until Catwoman convinces the Dark Knight Detective to have a little fun which includes beating up a large number of Bat-villains and even robbing her own house. Had the comic ended there, or even just a few panels later with a wistful goodbye, “Rooftops, Part 1” would be effective.

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Batman: The Animated Series Pop! Vinyl Figure

This Batman: The Animated Series Batman Pop! Vinyl Figure can be yours for the low, low price of $11.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Almost Got ‘Im
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Batman: The Animated Series - Almost Got 'Im review

For Throwback Thursday we look back at one of my favorite episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. Set in a dive bar frequented by Bat-villains, the episode takes place around a game of poker as the Joker (Mark Hamill), Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing), Two-Face (Richard Moll), the Penguin (Paul Williams), and Killer Croc (Aron Kincaid) all tell their tales about the closest they came to knocking off Batman (Kevin Conroy). Each story is shown in flashbacks (with the exception of Croc’s short tale which earns him nothing but blank stares from the other villains), and each is tailored to fit the villain (exploding pumpkins, an aviary of doom, the giant penny, and the laughter-powered electric chair). The two best moments comes not from any of these villains, however, but in the reveal that one isn’t who he appears to be and later from Catwoman (Adrienne Barbeau) who closes out the episode with her own version of an “Almost Got ‘Im” tale. One of the show’s best.

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Super Powers! #1

by Alan Rapp on December 6, 2016

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Super Powers! #1

Mainly targeting younger readers, Super Powers #1! is a fun (if lightweight) all-ages comic featuring DC’s big three heroes. Opening in Gotham City where Batman has disappeared, Superman discovers clues leading him to discover Braniac is responsible. With the help of Wonder Woman who traces Braniac to New Krypton, the Big Blue Boy Scout finds and frees the Dark Knight Detective, leaving the heroes to deal with the villain. Personally, because it’s geared to a younger audience, I’m a little disappointed that Baltazar and Aureliani (who tag-team the writing and drawing of the comic) didn’t go for more classic Super Powers or Super Friends costumes of the heroes. Still, kids should enjoy this one. For fans.

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  • Title: Batman – The Joker Trumps an Ace / Batman Sets the Pace
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Batman - The Joker Trumps an Ace / Batman Sets the Pace

For some Throwback Thursday fun, we’ll take a look back at another pair of episodes from the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. In “The Joker Trumps an Ace” the Joker (Cesar Romero) returns with a series of bizarre crimes including stealing the hole from a golf course. Eventually the Joker’s plan to kidnap a visiting maharaj is revealed, but it also ends up trapping the Dynamic Duo in a death trap where Batman and Robin climb out a chimney to avoid death by gas. “Batman Sets the Pace” allows the Caped Crusaders to do a little undercover snooping as Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson tracking the villain to his lair.

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