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Batman: The Animated Series inspired “The Batman Adventures”

by Matthew Price Published: October 30, 2011

In 1992, “The Batman Adventures,” inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, began its run at DC Comics.  Originally planned as a six-issue miniseries, the comic went on to run for 36 issues plus three annuals.

I recently re-read issues 1-12 of the series, which provide accessible, enjoyable done-in-one Batman tales (with some continuing plots or subplots).

The first three issues feature various members of Batman’s rogues gallery being convinced to commit small crimes for another key villain.  Dick Grayson as Robin gets a prominent role in issues 4 and 5, featuring Scarecrow.  And issue 6 is a locked-room mystery that puts Bruce Wayne under arrest on a murder complaint.

The second six issues feature Clayface, Riddler, Man-Bat and Killer Croc, among others.  Batgirl gets a solo story in the 12th issue.  Writers include Kelley Puckett and Martin Pasko.  Artists include Ty Templeton, Rick Burchett and Mike Parobeck.    Parobeck, who died in 1996, took over as the regular penciller as of issue 7, and his artwork is classic throughout.
Also recently read:
Brightest Day 0-24
One of DC’s big launches for 2010, this features the 12 characters brought back to life in the “Blackest Night” series, and the mystery behind their revival.   Collected in three hardcover books, “Brightest Day” follows Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Jade, Osiris, Hawk, Captain Boomerang and Zoom as they each try to complete the mission laid out by the White Lantern Entity.   The series did a nice job of developing these characters and setting up a new status quo.  However, the DC reboot may have made some of the continuity clearing seem somewhat less important.  The ending, while important to those who follow DC’s publishing plans, doesn’t feel completely tied to what came before.   Still, the series has its moments, and gives the 12 returned characters, especially Deadman, a chance to shine.  Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi write; artists include Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason and Joe Prado.
Quick reviews of recent issues read:
All-Star Western #2:  Jonah Hex continues his murder investigation, and must deal with both the Crime Bible and zombies in what’s been a strong series so far.
Fury of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #2: I still can’t get into this series, which seems to mostly be Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch bickering.  Yildray Cinar is a fine artist; in fact, I’ve liked everyone involved on other projects.  So far, I’m not enjoying this one, though.
Legion of Super-Heroes Secret Origin #1:  Nice art from Chris Batista makes this a readable take on the Legion’s origin, written by Paul Levitz.
Spaceman #1: The “100 Bullets” team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso introduce Orson, bred to live in space but forced to live on Earth in a none-too-bright future.   Looks to be sharp science fiction, something comics could always use more of.
- Matt Price
Comics read in 2011:  1,654.  Still to go:  357.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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