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  • Title: Justice League Unlimited – This Little Piggy
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Justice League Unlimited - This Little Piggy television review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the animated adventures of Justice League. “This Little Piggy” is a hell of a goofy episode that features Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg) being turned into a pig by the sorceress Circe (Rachel York). Needing all the help he can get, Batman (Kevin Conroy) turns to his old friend Zatanna (Jennifer Hale) to try and break the spell. When that fails, he calls on a few C-list Justice Leaguers to hunt down both the Wonder Pig (who goes missing) and Circe. All of the bizarre antics later, including Wonder Pig wandering into a slaughter house, conclude with Batman paying Circe’s price for Diana’s freedom in a way that brings both Circe and Zatanna to tears.

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Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2

by Alan Rapp on August 21, 2018

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Archie Meets Batman '66 #2 comic reviewWith Batman‘s most fearsome villains (the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, and others) relocating to Riverdale for easier pickings, the Dark Knight Detective sends Robin and Batgirl in undercover as transfer students to Riverdale High. Meanwhile the villains, confounded by the sheer number of teenagers in the small town, set to recruiting new henchmen and discover there are some bad apples everywhere, even in Riverdale.

The mashup of the the 60s Batman TV-series and the pre-Riverdale gang provides all kinds of fun as the tones of both mesh perfectly.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

by Alan Rapp on August 16, 2018

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 comic reviewThings get pretty bleak for the Outlaws in the over-sized twenty-fifth issue. After fleeing from the police, the Red Hood runs into one pissed-off Batman who isn’t too happy with his former partner’s recent actions (such as murdering the Penguin on live television). Having broken their agreement that Jason could operate in Gotham City under the sole condition that he wouldn’t take a life, the Red Hood must face the music. Lucky for him, his friends step in to avoid him from getting his ass kicked any more than necessary.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – The Demon’s Quest
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Batman: The Animated Series - The Demon's Quest television review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to Gotham City. When pitting the Dark Knight Detective against Ra’s al Ghul (the perfectly cast David Warner), Batman: The Animated Series looked no further than the man who created the character for inspiration. Based primarily on Dennis O’Neil‘s Batman #232, “Part One” features Batman (Kevin Conroy) working with the mysterious Ra’s and his henchmen Ubu (Manu Tupou) to find the kidnapped Robin (Loren Lester) and Talia (Helen Slater). The episode features quite a bit of globe-trotting as the group follows clues to Calcutta and Malaysia before ending up in a secret stronghold in the Himalayas where the truth behind the kidnapping comes to light and Ra’s true motivations are revealed.

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Batman #51

by Alan Rapp on July 24, 2018

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Batman #51 comic reviewIt appears even Gotham’s wealthiest bachelor can’t escape his civic duty. Batman meets 12 Angry Men in the first issue of the post-Catwoman arc which features Bruce Wayne selected as one of the jurors for Victor Fries‘ trial for triple homicide. Tied to the courtroom, it falls on Nightwing to act as a stand-in for the Batman while Bruce struggles with listening to a defense attorney rip apart the case Batman built.

What is Batman’s motive here? Surely the world’s greatest detective could get out of jury duty. Is he merely doing his civic responsibility? Is it justice? Or is it guilt? There’s an interesting moment here when Fries takes the stand and suggests that he only confessed to the crimes to placate and out-of-control Batman (one who was recently left at the altar). Did Batman actually go too far and force a confession?

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