Batman

Detective Comics #37

by Alan Rapp on December 15, 2014

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Detective Comics #37After taking down a delusional Mad Hatter, Batman turns his attention to a crime that Harvey Bullock has been persuing for weeks without any real leads other than graffiti left as a signature for each crime. The death of a Wayne Enterprises’ executive brings the detective and Batman both to Wayne Tower just in time to discover what explosive situation Anarky has left for them.

After a couple of months off, Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul return to Detective Comics with the opening of this new arc. I’ve never been a huge Anarky fan, but the villain does have his uses especially if (as this issue suggests) this is the first time he’s been active in Gotham City.

The method which the super-villain uses to turn the office building into a bomb works (at least for a Batman comic book), although we still don’t know why he has chosen to target a building full of Bruce Wayne’s employees or what Anarky’s end game might be. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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  • Title: Batman – A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away / When The Rat’s Away, The Mice Will Play
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Batman - A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments of the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) returns to Gotham to cause more mischief by stealing the diamond tiara of the recently crowned Queen of Beauty during the Miss Galaxy Pageant and kidnapping a visiting dignitary (Reginald Denny) while dropping clues for Batman and Robin as to the villain’s real endgame.

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Batman – Two-Face

by Alan Rapp on November 22, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Two-Face
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Batman - Two-Face

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we turn out attention back to the Dark Knight’s more memorable moments on the big and small screen with another episode from Batman: The Animated Series. Originally created in 1942 Harvey Dent (originally named Harvey Kent) was Gotham’s good looking District Attorney who lost his sanity after having acid thrown into his face during trial. Having already established a friendship between Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) and Harvey Dent (Richard Moll) in “Pretty Poison,” the two-parter focuses on Harvey’s transformation into one of Batman’s most dangerous villains. One of the more interesting choices the writers of Batman: The Animated Series made when introducing Harvey Dent was to give the character pre-existing mental problems well before his transformation into Two-Face (something later comic versions have chosen to adopt as well).

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Batman ’66 #16

by Alan Rapp on November 11, 2014

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Batman ’66 #16In an issue overloaded with eggcelent puns, Batman and Robin are forced to match wits with a more highly-evolved Egghead who has used his Eggcelerator to enhance his brain to resemble that of someone from the 40th Century (whom he just assumes are really, really smart).

Gifted with telekinesis and a sixth sense of danger, Egghead uses his new-found superiority to defeat not only the Dynamic Duo, whom he devolves into cave men, but also steal scores from other Gotham City criminals as well and in short order takes over the city.

Although more supernatural than the old television show ever got, Batman ’66 #16 certainly feels like a comic of that time period. Eventually the Cro-Magnon Duo find a way to outsmart the super-villain, who has grown weary with how easy his life has become, and restore his brain, their likenesses, and Gotham, back to the status quo. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Batman: Be-Leaguered

by Alan Rapp on November 3, 2014

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  • Title: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Batman: Be-Leaguered
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Batman: Be-Leaguered

Despite refusing to join the Justice League, Batman is forced to investigate when the various core members begin mysteriously disappearing beginning with Superman. Much like the LEGO Batman games LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes – Batman: Be-Leaguered features the same humor and LEGO-style action fans have come to love. And I was also pleased to discover the classic take on all members of the Justice League rather than the New 52 versions which apparently be making their first appearance in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

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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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  • Title: Beware the Batman – Hero
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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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  • Title: Gotham – Selina Kyle
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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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