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Batman Beyond – A Touch of Curaré

by Alan Rapp on October 6, 2020

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  • Title: Batman Beyond – A Touch of Curaré
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Batman Beyond - A Touch of Curaré

Today’s Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the dystopian future of Gotham City. Gotham City District Attorney Sam Young (Paul Winfield) becomes the target of Curaré (Melissa Disney), the most lethal member of the Society of Assassins who has never failed to eliminate a target. Helping Sam’s chances at survival is the fact the his wife is Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Stockard Channing) who go to great lenghths to keep him alive and will reveal her relationship with the Bat-Family to Terry (Will Friedle) while warning Batman to stay away from police business.

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #13

by Alan Rapp on October 5, 2020

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #13 comic reviewJason Todd is done watching. First, he’s abducted Tim Drake from the Batcave and hidden him away in a death trap. He’s also had altercations with both Alfred and Leslie Tompkins before turning his attention on the Joker who he manages to ambush at the Penguin‘s club. Nearly all the pieces are in place for the Red Hood’s end game.

Other than a few too many panels being wasted with the Joker and the Penguin’s henchmen going at it, things keep moving here as Jason Todd is able to get his hands on Batman as well.

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Detective Comics #1027

by Alan Rapp on September 21, 2020

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  • Title: Detective Comics #1027
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  • Writers: Matt Fraction, , Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Grant Morrison, Dan Jurgens, Mariko Tamaki, Greg Rucka, Scott Snyder, Marv Wolfman, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Tom King
  • Artists: Jim Cheung, José L. García López, Lee Bermejo, Dan Jurgens, Jamal Campbell, Dan Mora, Ivan Reis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Riley Rossmo, Eduardo Risso, Chip Zdarsky, David Marquez, Chris Burnham

Detective Comics #1027 comic reviewLike many of DC Comics’ recent anniversary issues, Detective Comics #1027 (which marks 1,000 issues since the first appearance of the Batman in Detective Comics #27) offers a collection of stories and art featuring one of the comic industry’s most beloved characters.

Even if it lacks a single great stand-out story, the collection is solid. The best of the tales collected here, “The Master Class,” features all of the best-known Batman sidekicks winding up investigating the same body left on a Gotham City rooftop.

“Blowback” centers around Batman’s ability to escape a death trap (while also thinking back on the many he has survived over the years). “Many Happy Returns” showcases the Joker‘s odd behavior of sending Batman strange birthday every month for years. “Rookie” offers the struggles of a newbie cop in the most corrupt police force in the world. Batman and Robin team-up with Deadman in “Ghost Story.” A business rival attempts to frighten Bruce Wayne in “Fore.” “Odyssey” offers a decades-long mystery in which the search for the ship of art belonging to Batman’s grandfather continues.

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Batman & the Outsiders #16

by Alan Rapp on September 15, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #16 comic reviewThe story 16 issues in the making finally arrives as the Outsiders face Ra’s al Ghul who plans to unleash his new weapon on the world. In “The Demon’s Fire, Finale,” Batman leads the Outsiders into battle but it’s two of the team’s members who steal the show. First, Orphan mops the floor with the League of Assassins and Black Lightning flexes his enhanced powers against the Demon’s Head who offers Jefferson the opportunity to be a hero to a greater world.

I don’t know that any payoff would be worth such a wait, but Batman & the Outsiders #16 does deliver the conflict teased since the launch of the series. The real question, now that Ra’s has been beaten (for now), is what happens to the Outsiders?

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #11

by Alan Rapp on September 2, 2020

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Batman: The Adventures Continue #11 comic reviewBatman calls on an old friend looking for advice, but Jason Todd‘s current plans as the Red Hood are put on hold as Batman: The Adventures Continue #11 explores more of the tumultuous former Robin’s past and the circumstances behind his final days as Robin.

Writers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini definitely capture the snotty nature of Todd’s late run as the Boy Wonder which made him a divisive character among fans and ultimately led to his death in the comics. As Alfred‘s flashback continue we see more of Robin out of control, becoming more dangerous at times than even the super-villains he was helping Batman apprehend.

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