Podicus Wrecs #57 – Batman The Animated Series

In this week’s episode, Anthony and I are looking back on our favorite episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, in celebration of its 25th Anniversary.

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Terrible, but effective disguises

The following screenshot is from the Batman: The Animated Series episode “Vendetta.”  Killer Croc is trying to frame Det. Harvey Bullock for a couple of disappearances/murders. This is how he enters GCPD, to fool the officer on duty.

Batman TAS Vendetta Killer Croc disguise as Bullock

Looks just like Harvey Bullock, right?

Spot on, right?  There’s no way anyone would suspect that that person wasn’t Bullock.  Sure, the face is weirdly hidden, but look at the shirt.  Croc also has the hat, the jacket, and the correct tie.  It’s foolproof.  Actually, I am a little curious as to how Croc came across these items of clothing.  Did he walk into a clothing store in a different disguise and purchase these clothes?  I wouldn’t think he stole them from somewhere.  Wouldn’t want to raise suspicions.  So many questions, so few answers.

Dark Nights: Teen Titans #12

Teen Titans 12 coverWith any mega-event these days, there are going to be tie-in issues.  Sometimes those are one-shots or a separate mini-series, and sometimes they are standard issues of other series.  With this event, Dark Nights is the all-encompassing title for the event, and Metal is the title of the main mini-series book.  With that, for summaries and reviews, Metal will receive its own post, and then any tie-ins will be grouped together.  It just so happens that there is only one this week, Teen Titans #12, which is part 1 of the “Gotham Resistance” story line.

If you’re a reader of Teen Titans, then you’ll know that Robin hasn’t been getting along with the rest of the team, and that is brought up here.  It doesn’t really mean anything for the rest of the issue, but it’s there for some background.  The Teen Titans land in Gotham, finding that rings have been set up all around the city.  While the rest of the Teen Titans are trying to help people, Robin goes in search of his father and enters a maze.  (more…)

Dark Nights: Metal #2

DC Metal 2We last left off with this series learning that the Metal title was in reference to at least the Nth Metal, and was connected to a substance know as Dark Matter from a Dark Multiverse.  Batman being Batman decided to be all Batmany about it and rushed off on his own to try solve this crisis.  (It’s DC, we might as well call it a crisis.)

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic, Metal, continued this week with issue #2.  This issue continues the quick pace established in the first issue, weaving together action, exposition, and witty one-liners into another fantastic issue.  Here’s what you need to know about, though you should know that Damian is totally winning in this issue.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #56 – Batman Hush

In this week’s episode, I fill Anthony in on the Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee Batman story, Hush.  Originally appearing in Batman #608-619, Hush is great example of both Loeb and Lee’s finer work.  Loeb’s dialog is interesting and engaging, getting at the heart of what Batman is feeling and thinking during this story.  Lee’s artwork is as beautiful as ever.  We wrap up by spending a few minutes discussing Netflix’s Death Note movie.

 

DC Metal #1

DC Metal 1Not going to lie.  When I found out that DC Metal was going to be featuring Nth metal and dark matter, I was a little disappointed.  I was really hoping that the Justice League was going to forming a rock band and going on tour.  You can’t honestly tell me that you would not read that.

But anyways, this story starts with the Justice League on a recently created Warworld, and are forced to fight in Mongul’s gladiator pits.  They are pitted against creations of the Toyman, but he built into the robots an easy way out.  The League finds these buttons, go into the robots, and join up to form Voltron.  Or something.  But it was fun.  (more…)