Batman: The Animated Series

Batman: The Adventures Continue #9

by Alan Rapp on August 6, 2020

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #9 comic reviewThe tale of Jason Todd begins here. Batman‘s second partner was skipped over in the Batman: The Animated Series run which featured Dick Grayson in the role at the series outset and Tim Drake in the relaunch of the show. Todd was a controversial character in comics, likely why the series chose to ignore him, but after teasing us with the character lurking in the shadows for several issues Batman: The Adventures Continue #9 finally gets things started when Todd’s stakeout of the Joker ends poorly leaving evidence for Batman to discover that his fallen protege has returned (although no word yet on how the comic will explain those events).

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #8

by Alan Rapp on July 27, 2020

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #8 comic reviewThe two part “Darker Knight” story concludes as Batman and Azrael discover who stole the Shawl of Magdalene from the Order of St. Dumas.

As in the first-half of the story, Batman’s concern over the the ferocity of Azrael’s actions (such as beating a lead out of the Penguin) continues to grow. However, despite the foreshadowing of a possible physical altercation between them, the pair do not come to blows as Azrael confronts Mister Freeze who hopes to use the shawl to save the life of his wife Nora. Fortunately for Azrael, after biting off more than he can handle in Freeze, Batman arrives in time to save the day wrapping up the tale and leaving the heroes on good terms.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #7

by Alan Rapp on July 13, 2020

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #7 comic reviewWith the Deathstroke story concluded, and Jason Todd still lurking in the shadows not yet ready to reveal himself, a new arc begins in Batman: The Adventures Continue #7 with the arrival of Azrael in Gotham City. The soldier of the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas has arrived in Gotham City seeking a shroud recently stolen. Unfortunately for Catwoman, she’s the one who stole it.

After a brief altercation between Batman and Azrael, the pair begin working together to find the shroud offering the opportunity for artist Ty Templeton to give us not just the Batman: The Animated Series look of Azrael’s original costume but also his Bat-costume from Knightfall (even if the logic of the costume change feels rushed in all sorts of ways). There’s also foreshadowing that dressing him up as Batman hasn’t calmed the violent tendencies of Gotham City’s new tourist.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – The Clock King
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Batman: The Animated Series - The Clock King television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Gotham City for another episode of Batman: The Animated Series. The aptly named episode introduces the Clock King (Alan Rachins) as a disgruntled efficiency expert out for revenge. Opening with a flashback we see the unfortunate series of events that befalls Tempus Fugate when taking the advice of Hamilton Hill (Lloyd Bochner). Blaming Hill for the loss of his company, and wasting his time (an even greater offense), Fugate resurfaces seven years later attacking the now Mayor’s reputation at every opportunity. While far more toned-down and dapper than several other versions of the character over the years, Fugite’s eye to detail helps him plan the attacks down to the second and also allows him to come as close to any villain in the show’s history of taking out Batman (Kevin Conroy) for good. The episode is also memorable for Batman doing all of his crimefighting in the daytime for a change and the climax inside a clock tower where Batman is able to save the mayor, although the Clock King does manage to escape.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2020

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 comic reviewSet sometime during the later seasons of Batman: The Animated Series (after the show’s redesign), Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 continues the adventures of Gotham’s Caped Crusader. Written by the show’s producers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, and drawn by Ty Templeton, the comic captures the look and feel of the show (even if it isn’t the more classic Batman design from the show’s earlier seasons, which I prefer).

We’re given a bit of a regular night in Gotham for Batman who takes down Bane before getting involved in the larger story involving a robot stealing from S.T.A.R. Labs and Bruce Wayne sparring with Lex Luthor at a dinner party which reveals Superman is missing and Lex is doing more in Gotham than just hobnobbing with Gotham’s one-percent.

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