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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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Implicitly Pretentious examines the complexities what remains to this day the best Batman movie ever made.

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Batman & the Outsiders #14

by Alan Rapp on July 15, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #14 comic reviewIt’s taken a year, but Batman & the Outsiders #14 finally puts Batman in the field with the team (or at least some of them) as Batman takes the super-powered Black Lightning, Katana, and Sofia Ramos into the field for a sneak attack on one of Ra’s al Ghul‘s base in hopes of both blooding the nose of the Demon’s Head and finding a clue to the location of his doomsday weapon.

Not willing to wait for Batman to catch-up, Lady Shiva takes Orphan and Signal into the field to apply some pressure to see if her team can find the location of Ra’s and his weapon quicker.

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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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