The discovery of the bodies of 27 dead soldiers lead Batman down a dark path which will fill-in the truth about Gotham’s newest super-heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl and their origins as part of Amanda Waller‘s Suicide Squad. Solving one mystery, how Waller’s plan to help Gotham using the Psycho-Pirate and Dr. Strange backfired, leaves an entirely new problem for Batman to face: how to deal with a murderous unhinged super-being looking to stop the city he’s sworn to protect from ever hurting another one of its citizens.
“It’s Never Too Late” isn’t what you would expect from a Batman cartoon. With this early episode Batman: The Animated Series let fans know that the new series would break the mold when it came to cartoon heroes. The mob war between upstart Rupert Thorne (John Vernon) and old-timer Arnold Stromwell (Eugene Roche) heats up with the abduction of Stromwell’s son. Thorne leads Stromwell into a set-up where the old mobster is apparently killed, but Batman (Kevin Conroy) shows up to save Stromwell’s life and attempts over the rest of the episode to save the mobster’s soul.
Scott Snyder is certainly a glass half-empty kind of guy. All-Star Batman #1 puts Batman and Two-Face on the road. Desperate for a chance to cure Harvey Dent, Batman races to an undisclosed location while the criminal kingpin has put an offer out to everyone. If Two-Face isn’t rescued every piece of dirty and blackmail available to him will be released to the public. However, if someone should find and release Two-Face untold riches will be theirs.
All-Star Batman #1 offers a pretty bleak view of humanity where everyone from a cop to a waitress is willing to kill for the prize. Batman also has to deal with super-villains like Killer Moth, Firefly, and Black Spider. Snyder’s choice to make even Alfred culpable in such scheming leaves a pretty awful taste in my mouth.