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Preview: Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Matt Hollingsworth, Sean Murphy
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Slade Wilson has come to Gotham and that has the Dark Knight suspicious. Robin, however, thinks the swash-buckling mercenary is just here to help. Is Deathstroke a friend or foe and what are his plans for Batman?

Batman: The Adventures Continue #3

Review: Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two wraps up the first story arc in this return to the classic animated series universe. Like the debut issue, the comic is entertaining though it feels like it’s missing the magic of the original series. There’s a sophistication missing.

The story has Batman pursuing Luthor as the mystery behind the stolen item is revealed. It all comes together nicely but winds up being some fight scenes and a twist. The story is a bit straightforward and the compact nature of the two issues probably had something to do with the rush feel of the story.

The writing too just feels off. With some cringe-worthy dialogue. When Luthor exclaims there’s “No way” for Batman to escape, Batman’s retort is just “way.” Whether this is a wink to the 1990s when the original animated series aired, it feels a bit stale and dated by this point.

There’s also an issue with the flow of the story with a few transitions and scenes creating a choppy experience. It’s possible it’d read better with the comiXology panel by panel reader by reading it as a whole, there’s a feeling at times that something is missing.

The art by Ty Templeton nails the look of the world. Along with Monica Kubina’s colors and Joshua Reed’s lettering, the art has the modern retro feel that’s expected. From the vehicles and to the outfits, the look is fairly consistent to the original material. The only thing missing is the use of shadows which would be difficult on the static page. It would also not match the tone of the story itself.

It’s not all bad, there’s something enjoyable about the comic but it’s a bit breezy as far as a read and just misses the magic of what made the original animated series work. This feels like a comic aimed at kids. The cartoon was aimed at kids with maturity and complexity that could be appreciated by adults. Without the nailing of the nostalgia and some questionable dialogue and flow, the excitement for this new series has quickly deflated.

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Story: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini Art: Ty Templeton
Color: Monica Kubina Letterer: Joshua Reed
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation:
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Preview: Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
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Batman’s in the clutches of Lex Luthor and his powerful robot as the mad genius races to open the vault he stole from Wayne Industries and claim his prize! The Dark Knight will need to utilize experimental tech if he’s going to topple the billionaire before he leaves Gotham, but where is Superman and why can’t Batman get in touch with him?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two – Where’s Superman?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two

From the visionary team behind Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories set in this seminal animated world! The second chapter of Batman: The Adventures Continue, DC’s new, digital-first mini-series comic book, is available now on digital platforms—ReadDCComiXologyKindle, and more!

Picking up where Chapter One left off, Batman’s in the clutches of Lex Luthor and his powerful robot as the mad genius races to open the vault he stole from Wayne Industries and claim his prize! The Dark Knight will need to utilize experimental tech if he’s going to topple the billionaire before he leaves Gotham, but where is Superman and why can’t Batman get in touch with him?!

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Two, written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett with art by Ty Templeton and color by Monica Kubina, featuring a cover by Dave Johnson, is available now. Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter Three is scheduled to release on May 6, followed by Chapter Four on May 20.

Review: Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

It’s an all-new story based in the groundbreaking animated world of Batman: The Animated Series. The opening chapter of Batman: The Adventures Continue has S.T.A.R. Labs in Gotham City attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 is an interesting digital comic and one that might be hampered by expectations. Batman: The Animated Series was an amazing animated series. It’s possibly one of the best cartoons to ever grace the television screen. The success was a mix of so many factors from the stories themselves, to the voice acting, to the animation style. It looked unlike anything at the time with a maturity that was far beyond what else was being shown. A comic, even digital, is already at a disadvantage. It doesn’t have the flow of the animation or the voice acting both being key as to the show’s success.

And for me, the comic is a bit of a disappointment most likely due to that nostalgia.

The story is an interesting one with the chapter opening a story that feels a bit more like Fleischer’s Superman than it does Batman: The Animated Series. There are hints of the more adult leanings of the original animation with dancing around Bruce’s relationships in a scene with Lex Luthor but the antagonist of an alien robot screams more Superman than Batman. It just feels off as if this was an unused script for the Superman animated series that followed Batman’s footsteps.

The style of the comic does well to continue the aesthetic of the animated series with slick design and a mix of retro and modern. But, without the use of some of the animated techniques from the show, the visuals fall short. The lack of shadows for instance, used intelligently in the past, isn’t as prominent and instead things are more in the “open” in the city. It feels a bit more like The New Adventures of Batman than the original Batman: The Animated Series. Both are visually fantastic but there are differences between the two.

At 99 cents, it’s hard to go wrong with Batman: The Adventures Continue #1 but I can’t help but think that excitement and personal expectations created a hurdle the first issue couldn’t meet. It’s not bad but doesn’t capture the magic of the original series it’s based on.

Story: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini Art: Ty Templeton
Inks: Ty Templeton Colors: Monica Kubina Cover: Dave Johnson
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter One

Batman: The Adventures Continue Chapter One

Story: Paul Dini, Alan Burnett
Art: Ty Templeton
Color: Monica Kubina
Letterer: Joshua Reed
Digital Comic

From the visionary producers of Batman: The Animated Series comes all-new stories in this seminal animated world. In this opening chapter, S.T.A.R. Labs in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?

Batman: The Animated Series Returns as a Six-Issue Digital-First Mini-series

From the visionary team behind Batman: The Animated Series come all-new stories set in this seminal animated world! Batman: The Adventures Continue, DC’s new, Digital-First six-issue mini-series, launching in print on May 6, 2020, is co-written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, both producers of the original animated series, and illustrated by Ty Templeton, who has brought the world of B:TAS to comic books since 1992’s Batman Adventures #1.

Inspired by the beloved and Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, these new comics reflect a new era of the long-running DC Collectibles action figure line by featuring newly designed characters never before seen in the beloved animated shows! DC’s Batman: The Adventures Continue characters are all based on art by Ty Templeton in the iconic Bruce Timm animated style. New figures from DC Collectibles launch this spring, and now, together with these new comics, the legendary Batman: The Animated Series continues to reach new audiences!

In the first issue of Batman: The Adventures Continue, collecting two digital-first chapters, Wayne Enterprises in Gotham City is attacked by a giant robot that steals an entire room from the laboratory. Who’s controlling the robot? How will Batman stop the mechanized menace? And what does it all have to do with Lex Luthor’s sudden appearance in Gotham?

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1, written by Paul Dini and Alan Burnett with art by Ty Templeton and color by Monica Kubina, featuring a cover by Dave Johnson and a variant cover by Dan Mora, hits shelves on May 6, 2020. Digital-First chapters will be released beginning in April 2020.

Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Review: The 99: Beginnings

Hari Kondabolu recently made a documentary about one of the world ‘s recognizable, as well as its most stereotypical characters ever in animation, Apu. The very fact that the character is not voiced by someone of Indian decent, is a tradition, that goes back as old as the artform itself. As some people know that the character of Cleveland Brown on Family Guy is not voiced by an African American actor. The difference between Cleveland and Apu is not that one is more problematic than the other, but it is a matter of quantity.

In Kondabolu’s documentary, “The Problem with Apu,” most the interview subjects who grew up in America, expose the world to what most to of us know, Apu is not representative of any experience by any South Asian American. He also exposes, a systemic issue, one where every South Asian American, growing up, is identified with this character, one where the actor himself, refuses to even be interviewed for. The movie drives home that representation matters and that applies to all art forms. So, when I heard a bout a few years back, of The 99, I was intrigued to read this book about Muslim superheroes.

We are introduced to Dr. Ramzi Razem, who as a child discovered the Noor Stones, and the power they held, while visiting Spain. Years later, he became obsessed with finding al 99 of them, which were spread across the globe, and just each stone carried a unique power, it required a unique individual to possess it and wield its power. The reader gets to find out how each member of the 99 comes to find their own stone, and how they found their synergy with it. By book’s end, Razem, has assembled an awesome fighting force, that has to be ready for the war that is coming.

Overall, a great book that shows diversity matters and that great stories can come form anywhere in the world. The story by Naif Al-Mutawa and Stuart Moore is intricate, adventurous, and fun. The art by June Brigman, Albert Deschesne, Monica Kubina, Roy Richardson, and Dan Panosian is gorgeous. Altogether, a great book to a new universe that looks like the world.

Story: Naif Al-Mutawa and Stuart Moore
Art: June Brigman, Albert Deschesne, Monica Kubina, Roy Richardson, Dan Panosian

Story: 9.0 Art: 8.4 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: BUY

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: New Super-Man and DC Super Hero Girls

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got one trade and one graphic novel from DC Comics.

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China collecting issues #1-6 by Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic, and Richard Friend.

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 Summer Olympus by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat, Monica Kubina, and Janice Chiang.

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores June 21 and bookstores June 27.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 Summer Olympus
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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