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Detective Comics #35

by Alan Rapp on October 12, 2014

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Detective Comics #35I’m not going to lie, Detective Comics #35 suffers from the absence of the creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato. Taking place inside the Gotham airport, Bruce Wayne‘s flight is halted by an out-of-control 747 crashing into the terminal in an emergency landing.

Batman’s choice to open the plane and investigate turns out to be the exact wrong move as the Dark Knight Detective spreads the virus that killed all the passengers on-board into the terminal and perhaps beyond. When and eco-terrorist claims responsibility for the attack it’s obvious Batman has only a few hours left to live to solve the mystery as the villain doesn’t want ransom but only to watch the people die.

Of the guest team, I’m a little more impressed with the writing of Ben Percy than the art of John Paul Leon, but that may just be my expectation to see Manapul’s exquisite art and getting a far different style. I’m on the fence about picking up the conclusion to the two-issue arc or waiting for Manapul and Buccellato to return. For fans.

[DC, $3.99]

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Batman ’66 #15

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2014

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Batman '66 #15When the Penguin teams up with the Black Widow and literally traps the Caped Crusaders in the spider’s web it’s up to Batman‘s quick thinking to play on the Penguin’s insecurities and get the villain to switch sides before all is lost.

In another nice mix of action and camp (the citizens of Gotham actually help the police track down money blowing through the streets from the villains’ bank robbery), the latest issue puts a more comic book spin on a villain who only made a single appearance on the television show in one two-part episode. Relying less on gadgets than chemicals and animal attraction (and one of the first villains not to be drawn distinctly different than the actor who played her on television), the woman earns her super-villain name as she gets as close to any of Batman’s villains in her attempts to kill The Dark Knight Detective and Boy Wonder. The result is an entertaining issue that offers readers the rare opportunity of seeing one of Batman’s oldest enemies fight beside Batman and Robin. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Batman Beyond Universe #14

by Alan Rapp on October 5, 2014

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Batman Beyond Universe #14Wrapping up the return of the Phantasm who attempts to prevent Terry Ginnis from learning that his father’s true killer is still at large (and tempting him into seeking vengeance), Batman Beyond Universe #14 offers more flashbacks to the events which splintered the Bat-Family and ended any chance of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon‘s happily ever after.

Although not as strong as the previous month’s set-up, and with several of the final pages setting up future stories I have little to no interest in, Batman Beyond Universe #14 should still be worth a look for fans of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Beyond and curious to see a pivotal moment in the Terry/Bruce relationship unfold.

Filled with plenty of action, hard choices, and Bruce Wayne loosing another adopted son and apprentice, the latest issue of Batman Beyond Universe is worth picking up even for those (like me) who may not stick around to see how the fallout between Bruce and Terry is finally resolved. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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Beware the Batman – Hero

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2014

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Beware the Batman - Hero

Tired of Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) making him look like a fool, and with his chances at winning the upcoming mayoral race dwindling, Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) accepts Anarky’s (Wallace Langham) offer of partnership and brings in a vigilante of his own to take the Dark Knight Detective down. Of course that’s where things start going wrong for the District Attorney.

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Gotham – Selina Kyle

by Alan Rapp on October 3, 2014

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Gotham - Selina Kyle

Did you ever think there would be a Batman television show so bad you’d rather be watching The WB’s universally derided Birds of Prey? Most of the issues I had with the “Pilot” return here including its inconsistent tone, ridiculous soap opera dialogue, and storylines which do no justice to beloved characters of the GCPD. The episode even includes a bizarre cameo by Carol Kane which seemingly was written and directed by Tim Burton on mescaline.

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Beware the Batman – Unique

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2014

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Beware the Batman - Unique

Bringing the Golden and Silver Age character to the Beware the Batman universe while putting its own spin on his story, “Unique” introduces Manhunter (Xander Berkeley), a government agent kept in suspended animation for 20 years while evil scientist Dr. Anatol Mykros and his shadow organization known only as The Council have created an army of cloned automatons from his DNA.

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Beware the Batman – Doppleganger

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2014

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Beware the Batman - Doppleganger

With Katana (Sumalee Montano) attempting to stand-in for Batman (Anthony Ruivivar), Bruce Wayne takes some time off getting to know Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) and his head of security. After encountering Man-Bat (Robin Atkin Downes) for the first time, however, Bruce doesn’t waste any time in donning the cape and cowl and hitting the streets with Katana to find out who the new Bat-creature prowling the night of Gotham is.

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Gotham – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

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Gotham - Pilot

Opening on the worst night of Bruce Wayne‘s (David Mazouz) life, Detective Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) and his new partner Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) catch the murder case involving the deaths of Gotham’s most prominent citizens and the frightened young boy who was one of two witnesses to the crime. Desperately trying to create the grim feel of Christopher Nolan‘s recent films while featuring writing, acting, and dialogue better fitting a lazy afternoon soap opera than a much ballyhooed new primetime series, the “Pilot” of Gotham is sadly far, far removed from the far more interesting award-winning comic book tales of the GCPD by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, and Michael Lark.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season Two

by Alan Rapp on September 22, 2014

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season TwoAlthough the First Season collection of Batman: The Brave and the Bold certainly has its moments, the Season Two collection is where the show begins to hit its stride and fully embrace the Silver Age zaniness which would become its trademark.

Collected on Blu-ray for the first time, the Second Season set includes not one but two Captain Marvel stories, the classic recreation of the comic story of Batman confronting Joe Chill, a Crisis-inspired tale involving all three Flashes, Aquaman’s family vacation, Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle together again, the sidekicks getting their own episode, a Birds of Prey episode written by Gail Simone, a space race between heroes and villains, and Batman being split into three separate personalities (including one who eats nachos). Unless you already own the episodes on DVD, it’s an easy recommendation for Bat-fans everywhere. Sadly, the set includes no extras.

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Beware the Batman – Animal

by Alan Rapp on September 21, 2014

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Beware the Batman - Animal

After a dangerous criminal known as the Key (JB Blanc) steals a piece of code allowing him to unlock any system, Batman (Anthony Ruivivar) turns himself in allowing Harvey Dent (Christopher McDonald) to send the vigilante to Blackgate Prison where the arrival of both the Dark Knight Detective and the Key begin a prison riot controlled by Killer Croc (Wade Williams).

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