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Dark Nights: Green Arrow #32

Green Arrow 32 coverWith the release of Green Arrow #32, the “Gotham Resistance” story line comes to a close.  You can find the previous parts in Teen Titans #12, Nightwing #29, and Suicide Squad #26.  We last left our heroes as they were trying to escape the Dark Robin, with Croc staying behind to attempt to hold him off.  They were about to be in the Mad Hatter’s realm when Mr. Terrific showed up, bringing fair play back and everything.

Mr. Terrific helps them escape through a portal, and fills them in on nearly everything that has been going on.  He tells them about all of the Dark Batman from the Dark Multiverse.  He tells them about the metal cards that the Batman Who Laughs has been handing out to Batman’s enemies for them to reshape Gotham.  He tells them that he believes their plan is to change the frequency of enough people at Challenger mountain, and this will cause the Earth to cease to exist in this Multiverse and go to the Dark Multiverse.  (more…)

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Dark Nights: Suicide Squad #26

Suicide Squad 26 cover

Cover by Stjepan Stejic

We have come to part 3 of the Metal tie-in “Gotham Resistance” story.  For the previous parts, check out my reviews of Teen Titans #12 and Nightwing #29.  We last left our intrepid band of do-gooders (Robin, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc) having just defeated Mr. Fries.  They found another metallic card, and were continuing their search for Batman.

The issue opens with a scene showing Amanda Waller sending the Suicide Squad to Gotham, because things have gotten weird, and she does not know why.  I’m not sure why this was needed.  I think by this point, it was safe to assume that Waller had at some point sent the Squad to Gotham to check things out.  The only thing you really get out of it is Croc saying that Gotham isn’t his city.  This comes back up later on.  (more…)

Holy moving covers, Robin!

Flipping through The Adventures of Superman #497, I came across the following advertisement:

Does anything scream “THE ’90s” more than advertising cover gimmicks and not creators?

My first thought was, “this is a silly thing to promote.”  My next thought was, “gee, I wish I could see how they moved, but I doubt the Internet can accurately portray what they looked like.”   And then I thought, “wait, I likely have these issues.  Sure enough, I do.  Below the break is the cover to issue #1.  (more…)

Batman in Theaters Part 1 – The Campy

Batman’s appearance on the silver screen goes back further than you probably realize.  While the 1966 Batman movie staring Adam West was the first feature length movie starring Batman, there were two movie serials that were made in the 1940s featuring Batman and Robin.  For those that don’t know, a movie serial is something that appeared in ye olden times.  It was an episodic feature that would be shown before the main, full-length featured movie.  In the case of the two Batman serials, both were 15 episodes long, with each being roughly 20 minutes per episode.  At the end of each episode, people would be advised to return to this theater next week in order to see the next chapter.

Batman (1943)
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Written by Victor McLeod, Leslie Swabacker, Harry L. Fraser
Starring
Lewis Wilson as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Douglas Croft as Robin/Richard Grayson
J. Carrol Naish as Dr. Daka
Shirley Patterson as Linda Page
William Austin as Alfred Pennyworth

Batman and Robin struggle against Dr. Daka, a Japanese scientist and agent of Hirohito who has invented a device that turns people into pseudo-zombies, and has a base in a Funhouse of horrors, in a Japanese area of the city. Daka makes several attempts to defeat the Dynamic Duo, including turning Bruce Wayne’s love interest into a “zombie,” before finally falling to his death when Robin hits the wrong switch, opening a trapdoor to a pit of crocodiles.  (more…)

Crossover Madness

Welcome to this month’s Crossover Madness.  Today, to kick off my week of Batman, we’re doing a Batman crossover titled Legacy.  Enjoy.

Batman:  Legacy

Issues:  Detective Comics #700-701, Catwoman #36, Robin 32-33, Batman:  Shadow of the Bat #54, Batman #534.

Writers:  Chuck Dixon (Detective Comics, Catwoman, Robin), Alan Grant (Batman:  Shadow of the Bat), Doug Moench (Batman)

Pencillers:  Graham Nolan (Detective Comics), Jim Balent & Bob Smith (Catwoman), Staz Johnson (Robin), Dave Taylor (Batman:  Shadow of the Bat), Jim Aparo (Batman)

While not going into too much detail about the prelude issues, there are some things that you need to know.  First, this happens after Contagion.  You know, the crossover where people of Gotham, including Tim Drake, contracted ebola gulfa, otherwise known as The Clench.  Well, after thinking that they had cured the disease with something Azrael had found, there was a relapse case.  It is now feared that everyone will eventually relapse.  Batman, Nightwing, and Robin venture to the desert on the advice of Azrael to see if they can perhaps find the real cure.  They work their way through some tunnels, until they find themselves back on the surface.  At the end of their journey they find…  (more…)