Batman

Robin Rises: Omega

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2014

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Robin Rises: OmegaHow much you like Grant Morrison and his work on Batman over the past few years will certainly temper your response to Robin Rises: Omega #1 which launches the storyline which will likely bring Damian Wayne back from the dead and re-install him as Robin once more. Much like Morrison’s own work, Robin Rises: Omega #1 is overly-complicated, clunky, and unnecessary long winded (can’t they just throw the kid in a Lazarus Pit and be done?).

The $5 comic features an extended highlight reel of Damian’s story up to this point which leads more than a little like writer Peter J. Tomasi’s Morrison fan boy wanking. With a fifth of the comic taken up with the prologue, the story finally offers us into the main conflict by introducing Glorious Godfrey and Apokolips into the question coming between the conflicted sides of Batman and Ra’s al Ghul‘s forces. Stealing Damian’s body for a magic crystal hidden inside (because why?), Batman looses the villains when the Justice League shows up (unnecessarily) and forces them to flee back to Apokilips – with Damian’s coffin.

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Batman – Pretty Poison

by Alan Rapp on July 20, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Pretty Poison
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Batman - Pretty Poison

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. “Pretty Poison” introduces us not only to Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing) for the first time but also Gotham’s new District Attorney Harvey Dent (Richard Moll) who is dating Pamela Isley at the beginning of the episode unaware of the woman’s true motives. When Harvey is poisoned at dinner by an unusual toxin derived from an extinct rose, Batman (Kevin Conroy) begins taking a closer look at his friend’s main squeeze.

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  • Title: Batman – Instant Freeze / Rats Like Cheese
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Batman - Rats Like Cheese

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments on the big and small screen. The seventh and eighth episodes of 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin introduced Mr. Freeze (George Sanders) for the first time. Te show used the classic origin of the criminal scientist Mr. Zero (whose renaming here stuck in comics as well) as an evil scientist whose lab accident caused the cold-blooded scientist to need to wear a cryogenic suit in order to survive. In a twist, the show made Batman responsible for the accident (at least in Freeze’s mind). As with the Arnold Schwarzenegger version of the character in Batman & Robin, this version is also obsessed with stealing diamonds.

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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4

by Alan Rapp on July 18, 2014

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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4Wrapping up the latest mini-series, Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #4 features Green Arrow getting a measure of revenge against Prometheus and Superman calling on the help of Chloe and Tess to reboot the yellow rings and stop Parallax and his new army of brainwashed Yellow Lanterns who include John Stewart.

The final issue wraps up the various threads of the mini-series, although it does have to rely on a giant space whale fighting a giant space worm which began to make my eyes glaze over (as it did when Geoff Johns introduced the various space entities in charge of the color spectrum). Despite being impaled by a yellow-ring construct Superman comes out unharmed, and with the reboot of both Yellow and Green Lanterns rings he also says farewell to the responsibility of being a member of the Corps. Although Lex doesn’t actually get his hand on a ring he does learn the valuable lesson on the usefulness of allies which means we may see a legion or secret society in Smallville’s not-too-distant future. Worth a look.

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Detective Comics #33

by Alan Rapp on July 14, 2014

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Detective Comics #33With removal from duty and subsequent Jim Gordon‘s arrest the GCPD isn’t quite as accommodating to Batman as it has been in the past. After getting stuck in the middle of a Mexican stand-off between members of the Squid‘s organization and the Kings of the Son, Batman must also avoid the police who show up to arrest everyone involved.

Despite their mutual distrust and low opinion of each other both Batman and Harvey Bullock manage to make the same deductions leading to a confrontation between the pair. Of course the tease of the danger both are ignoring while throwing insults and punches at each other suggests Batman and Bullock will have to find a way to work together to put an end to the return of Icarus and make it out alive.

Once again Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are able to deliver a strong Batman story with gorgeous artwork. If I have one major nitpick its using the Christopher Nolan crutch of having other characters make important deductions before Batman (such as Alfred here). Let Batman be the Dark Knight Detective. Worth a look.

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  • Title: The Adventures of Batman – How Many Herring in a Wheelbarrow?
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Batman - How Many Herrings in a Wheelbarrow?

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 and The Adventures of Batman. Batman (Olan Soule) and Robin (Casey Kasem) are initially confused by the Joker‘s (Larry Storch) bizarre crime spree. Breaking into secure locations only to steal items of no consequence including a wheelbarrow leads the Dynamic Duo back to the Batcave to think hard on what the criminal might actually be up to.

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Batman – Beware the Gray Ghost

by Alan Rapp on July 12, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Beware the Gray Ghost
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Batman - Beware the Gray Ghost

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 one of the best episodes from Batman: The Animated Series. Written specifically for Adam West, Beware the Gray Ghost stands out for far more reasons than just its perfectly-cast guest-star. The episode offers insight into young Bruce Wayne‘s (Kevin Conroy) childhood heroes and is one of the only episodes in any Batman animated series to showcase happy flashbacks to a time before the murder of Bruce’s parents.

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Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #2

by Alan Rapp on July 10, 2014

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Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #2The six-issue mini-series continues here as the two duos of crime fighters are both able to extract themselves from the death trap laid by General Gumm who all were in danger of losing their heads after being glued to the top of a speeding train. In the ensuing confrontation the Green Hornet decides to play dirty and knock out the Dynamic Duo rather than reveal the truth that he and Kato are actually heroes only pretending to be criminals.

As General Gumm isn’t strong enough to carry the series on his own, Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #2 brings in the Joker to help even out the battle between good and evil, although how long the pair can put up with each other is yet to be seen.

Certainly a niche story within an already niche market, Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet #2 continues the fun of the first issue although, even with the introduction of the Joker as a major player going forward in the mini-series, the limitations of the premise are already beginning to show. For fans.

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Batman – The Cat and the Claw

by Alan Rapp on July 6, 2014

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – The Cat and the Claw
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Batman - The Cat and the Claw

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. The first episode of the series to air (banking on the success of Batman Returns), “The Cat and the Claw Part 1″ introduced both fans and Batman (Kevin Conroy) to the first appearance of Catwoman (Adrienne Barbeau) while playing on the cat burglar’s attraction for the Caped Crusader and Bruce Wayne’s romantic interest in her alter-ego Selina Kyle.

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  • Title: Batman – The Joker Is Wild / Batman Is Riled
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Batman - Batman Is Riled

In honor of Batman‘s 75th Anniversary we continue to look back at the more memorable moments on the big and small screen. The third two-part episode arc of 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin introduced Cesar Romero as the Joker. After escaping incarceration during a prison softball game the Joker returns to seek revenge learning his name hasn’t been included in the first inductees for the Gotham City Museum of Modern Art’s Comedians Hall of Fame.

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