Batman

  • 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.

[DC, $2.99]

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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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Batman #9

by Alan Rapp on October 24, 2016

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Batman #9Tied to the series’ initial arc, the first issue of “I Am Suicide” follows Batman to Arkham Asylum to put together a team of villains who he has put away over the years. The goal is to find Bane and get a hold of Psycho-Pirate who is the only one capable of reversing the damage he has done to Gotham Girl‘s fragile mind.

Batman #9 raises an interesting point – what would Batman’s opinion of the Suicide Squad be? Would the Dark Knight Detective really be okay with arming his former adversaries and working alongside them? The issue seems to suggest this is Batman’s only choice, however what about calling in the assistance of the rest of the Bat-Family?

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Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2016

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Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1 is a pretty basic primer for those unfamiliar with the television show of the same name. Writer Dan Jurgens and artist Ryan Sook give us flashbacks to the series’ first episode explaining how Terry McGinnis became the Batman of the near-future Gotham.

The other piece of the issue introduces the future world and sets up the idea that most people still believe Terry to be dead (including his former girlfriend Dana who gets kidnapped by Jokerz). This sends Batman into action into the new Jokerz-run part of the city known as Jokerz Town.

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