Alan Burnett and Paul Dini reunite to continue the story of Batman: The Animated Series with this new ongoing series from DC Comics, Batman: The Adventures Continue with artists Ty Templeton and Monica Kubina.
Batman encounters a seemingly indestructible robot in Gotham that steals “alien hardware” from WayneTech, something Bruce Wayne was keeping safe for Superman. While trying to solve this mystery, Lex Luthor comes into town who tries to convince Bruce to join him in business once again, but Wayne politely declines. Little does Batman know, as he tries to stop the mysterious robot, he is being watched by a mysterious figure with a patch of white in his otherwise black hair.
This was a nice return to form for Batman and the continuation works perfectly. Dini and Burnett truly know the content and in the context of a comic book, they continue the tradition. I liked the cameos from the likes of Bane and Veronica Vreeland, the latter of whom fans of the show will remember as Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend in the first three seasons of the show, but became one of his best friends when the show transitioned into The New Batman Adventures. The artists do an excellent job of bringing this world to life and matching the memorable “dark deco” design of the series. You could almost hear the popular voice actors Kevin Conroy as Batman, Henry Silva as Bane, the late Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred, Marilu Henner as Veronica Vreeland, and of course Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor.
As far as its placement, it seems to be placed before the formation of the Justice League, judging by Batman’s costume and the fact that he does not mention the team. Hopefully, Dini and Burnett will ignore the timeline set by the New 52 which showed Nightwing losing an eye and so much other drama. Instead, DC Comics should let them establish their own take on the mythology with all of the originality of the show.
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