Debriefing #15: Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 1 disk 2

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 2
Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Kevin Altieri, Bruce Timm
Writers: Jules Dennis, Richard Mueller, Sean Catherine Derek,Ted Pedersen, Steve Hayes, Alan Burnett, Randy Rogel, Tom Ruegger, Garin Wolf, Sam Graham, Chris Hubbell, Paul Dini

Note: This is a discussion of the episodes The Forgotten, Be a Clown, Two-Face Part 1 & 2, (It’s Never Too Late, I’ve got Batman in My Basement) and Heart of Ice Continue reading

Debriefing #14: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol1 Disk1

Batman: The Animated Series Volume 1 Disk 1
Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Directors: Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur and Ken Butterworth
Writers: Mitch Brian, Tom Ruegger, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves, Henry Gilroy, Sean Catherine Derek, Laren Bright, Carl Swenson, Eddie Gorodetsky, Jules Dennis and richard Muller

Note: This is a discussion of the episodes On Leather Wings, Christmas with The Joker, Nothing to Fear, The Last Laugh, Pretty Poison, The Underdwellers and P.O.V.

Edgar: And now for a refreshing change of pace. James and I enter the world of Batman on television, but before venturing into the Adam West 60s comedic serial, we explore the most widely recognized, most critically acclaimed animated series which aired in the early 1990s. James, there are a lot of things I think we can talk about regarding this show, which holds a special place in many fans’ heart, including yours if I am not mistaken, but I would like to start with a simple question. Given what you and I have talked about since starting Batcave Debriefs, namely, some pretty dark and violent comic stories and Christopher Nolan’s ‘epic’, dramatic conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, do you find Batman the Animated Series, these first 7 episodes at least, to be on par with what hard core Batman fans should expect, or a watered down version for the kids (notwithstanding that all Batman fans are still kids on the inside)? Continue reading

Debriefing #13: ‘Aftermath’ and ‘Prodigal’

KnightsEnd: Aftermath and Prodigal
Writers: Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Doug Moench, Jo Duffy
Artists: Mike Vosburg, Tom Grummett, Jim Balent, Phil Jimenez, John Cleary, Mike Gustovich, Ron Wagner, Bret Blevins, Lee Weeks, Graham Nolan
Colorist: Adrienne Roy, Buzz Setzer

Note: This is a discussion of the 2012 release of Knightfall Vol. 3, discussing the second half of the volume which constitutes the KnightsEnd: Aftermath and Prodigal story arcs.

After bringing Jean-Paul’s crusade to an end, Bruce Wayne decides to leave Gotham City once more. This time he leaves the mantle of Batman to Dick Grayson. While Dick deals with the aftermath of Jean-Paul’s crusade as well as the effects of Bane’s reign of terror, Tim Drake finds himself dealing with the troubles of balancing his personal life and the role of Robin. Continue reading

Debriefing #12: ‘KnightsEnd’

KnightsEnd
Writers: Chuck Dixon, Alan Grant, Doug Moench, Jo Duffy
Artists: Graham Nolan, Mike Manley, Bret Blevins, Ron Wagner, Barry Kitson, Tom Grummett, Jim Balent
Colorist: Adrienne Roy, Digital Chameleon, Buzz Setzer

Note: This is a discussion of the 2012 release of Knightfall Vol. 3, discussing the first half of the volume which constitutes the KnightsEnd story arc.

After witnessing the depths of Jean-Paul’s descent into The Crusade, Bruce Wayne vows to take back the mantle of Batman. But before he’s up to the task, he begins training with the deadly Lady Shiva, the world’s greatest assassin. Her methods and Bruce’s don’t align and that might just make the difference between life and death for the recovering Broken Bat. Continue reading