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Batman: Black and White #6

by Alan Rapp on June 1, 2021

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Batman: Black and White #6 comic reviewThe latest volume of Black and White ends with a quintet of stories featuring Batman from different writers and artists in black and white. While the issue doesn’t include a stand-out story, perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is “The Abyss” in which Hugo Strange interviews three different people with recent interactions with Batman who are all left with decidedly different impressions of Gotham City’s vigilante.

“The Second Signal” offers up a pair of students who create their own Bat Signal in order to call on the Dark Knight Detective to help with a series of kidnappings committed by the Mat Hatter. The big-name team of Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson deliver a solid story about a photographer who has made a name for himself taking black and white photos of Batman over the years in “A Thousand Words.”

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The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2

by Alan Rapp on May 17, 2021

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The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #2 comic reviewAfter helping the Dynamic Duo investigate a haunted fun house at a carnival which turns out to be the work of the Joker and his henchmen, Mystery, Inc. earns a trip to the Batcave as a reward with their latest trophy in tow. However, shortly after arriving in the Batcave, the Caped Crusaders are threatened by the sudden appearance of a ghost (which for Shaggy is only slightly more scary than every other piece of the Batcave).

Although it takes a little while for Batman and Robin and the gang to figure out what is causing the ghost, especially given the large clue that both the bats and Scooby-Doo deliver, eventually the cause of the craziness leads back to the item the group brought into the cave..

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Batman: Black and White #5

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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Batman: Black and White #5 comic reviewFive more stories of Batman in black and white are presented in Batman: Black and White #5. The most interesting of the issue is the Choose Your Own Adventure style tale from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie which pits Batman against both the Riddler and Killer Croc allowing the user to choose Batman’s actions and jump forward to another panel further in the issue to discover the results. While the concept works better in print than digital, it’s still a fun exercise (especially for those of us who grew up with Choose Your Own Adventure novels).

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The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2021

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The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1 comic reviewCollecting the first two digital issues of the new The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries, The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1 brings Mystery, Inc. to Gotham City to help Batman with a mystery of who stole the gloves off his first costume from a museum exhibit. While Fred and Daphne look for clues in the present, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, and Velma travel into the past (something which draws the attention of the younger version of Batman).

The new 12-issue series picks up where Scooby-Doo! Team-Up left off, this time giving us adventures all centered around team-ups with the Caped Crusader. The solution to the mystery is a bit circular as Scooby, Shaggy, and Velma cause the very event they were investigating (and a bit of Bat-hypnosis helps explain why Batman didn’t remember the encounter).

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Batman Adventures: Riddle Me This

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2021

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Batman Adventures: Riddle Me This comic reviewThe Batman Adventures: Riddle Me This trade paperback collects five Riddler-themed stories from comics inspired by Batman: The Animated Series (which is a bit funny given the character appeared so few times on the show compared to other top-tier Bat-villains). This of course means plenty of riddles and misdirects (some of which work better than others). The best story turns out to be the last of the collection when a reformed Riddler grows bored and attempts to publicly engage the Batman in “Poker Face” from Batman Adventures #11. The reformed villains shenanigans not only tick off the Dark Knight Detective but also Mayor Penguin who frustratingly can’t find anything to charge Nygma with as Riddler isn’t breaking any laws.

Robin works to solve riddles left by the incarcerated Riddler which lead him to the missing Batman in “The Real Deal” from Batman: Gotham Adventures #57. “The Oldest One in the Book!” from Batman: Gotham Adventures #11 features an escaped Riddler leaving clues for Batman to apprehend other villains not realizing he’s also leading Batman to his own door.

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