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Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2020

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Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super SpectacularCelebrating the character’s 80 years in comics, the Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular offers stories throughout Robin’s run featuring those who have worn the costume over the years. “Robin in A Little Nudge” features Dick Grayson‘s final day as Robin, “Aftershocks” features Nightwing in a broken Gotham City during the events of Batman: Cataclysm, Nightwing infiltrates H.I.V.E. in “Team Building,” and we get an adventure with Dick Grayson from his spy days in “The Lesson Plan.”

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Batman & the Outsiders #11

by Alan Rapp on March 18, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #11 comic reviewThe Outsiders battle the minions of Ra’s al Ghul in Batman & the Outsiders #11 as the sudden arrival of Katana, Signal and Orphan helps Black Lightning and Lady Shiva even the odds against Ra’s soldiers. There’s a fair bit of action here involving several members of the team battling various villains including Kaliber and Karma but there are also some nice smaller moments between mother and daughter as Shiva’s plan to get closer to her daughter appears to be working.

The comic also features some scenes between Batman and Sofia Ramos who the Dark Knight Detective helps make some decisions concerning the face she wants to show to the world and the symbol she wishes to become. Batman also offers a few words of wisdom about who Ra’s al Ghul is and about the similarities between himself and the Demon’s Head.

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  • Title: Batman: The Animated Series – Harley & Ivy
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Batman: The Animated Series - Harley & Ivy television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Gotham City for another episode of Batman: The Animated Series. While current team-ups between Harley Quinn (Arleen Sorkin) and Poison Ivy (Diane Pershing) are common nowadays, such a pairing was anything but obvious prior to “Harley & Ivy.” After being fired by the Joker (Mark Hamill), a despondent Harley Quinn strikes out on her own deciding to rob a museum the same night as Poison Ivy decides to liberate some plant toxins from another exhibit. Together alluding the police, a friendship and partnership is born. While Harley is still mooning over the clown who treated her like dirt at the end of the episode, “Harley & Ivy” marks a step forward for the character to move beyond the Joker’s shadow (even if she doesn’t know it yet).

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Batman & the Outsiders #10

by Alan Rapp on February 24, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #10 comic reviewWith Bruce Wayne reaching out to resources in attempts to discover what Ra’s al Ghul‘s endgame might be, and how it is related to both Kaliber and a Markovian scientist, the team he put together is in shambles. Black Lightning is now working with Lady Shiva who believes she can trade on this relationship and get closer to her daughter by helping the grieving hero in his search for revenge.

Ten issues in, Batman & the Outsiders continues to play the long game and tease the reader with breadcrumbs. Issue #10 does nothing to buck that trend as Bryan Edward Hill is taking the idea of “slow-play” to the limit.

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Batman #87

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2020

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Batman #87 comic reviewFollowing up on the events of Batman #86, the latest issue deals with the GCPD taking Deathstroke and the other assassins into custody and locking them up in the new secure prison known as the Black Block. Batman #87 reveals Deathstroke and his team always wanted to get captured (which makes you wonder why they fought so hard against Batman and what they may have done had they actually won the fight). While not that big of a surprise, it does make you wonder about the mind behind these plans.

We see Catwoman continuing to help out, and a cameo by Lucius Fox, but the rest of the Bat-Family, Outsiders, Justice League, etc. is nowhere to be found as Batman continues to struggle following the death of Alfred.

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