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Batman: The Adventure Continues #1 Review - Feels Like Old Times

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Alan Burnett and Paul Dini (Writers) • Ty Templeton (Pencils)

Dave Johnson (Cover Artists) • Monica Kubina (Colorist)

DC Comics (Publisher) • Get it Now on Comixology

It's been almost a decade since I watched an episode of Batman: The Animated Series in any capacity. It was one of my favorite cartoons growing up and I often debate the better series between Batman and X-Men. I saw this series on the Comichub app and figured I'd check it out.

The book opens with Batman taking on Bane. Bane is quickly defeated but shortly after, a giant robot lands in Gotham City. The robot's intent is to steal technology from Wayne Tech. Batman does what he can with the machine but the robot escapes with the technology. Upon returning to the Batcave Batman vows to get to the bottom of things but the situation is further complicated when Let Luthor rolls into town.

Most of the comics I review are paced for a trade paperback or are just way too decompressed to sit back and enjoy in a single sitting. Paul and Alan don't miss a beat. The book is formatted like an episode of the classic series and features a story that wraps up by the end of the issue. It hints at an overarching plot but the primary crisis raps up easy peasy lemon squeezy. This is the best short of nostalgia.

The art direction is great. Designs are pulled directly from the show. I really liked seeing the Animated Series version of Lex Luthor. You can practically hear Clancy Brown's voice when he shows up. Aside from the character designs, the formatting as mentioned earlier is nearly identical to an episode of the TV show even down to the awkward scenes of Bruce trying to be normal.

I had a lot of fun with this issue. It's a nice throwback to a simpler time. This is the Batman I grew up on and It's nice to see his return.

Rating 9/10