Debriefing #31: ‘Batman: Detective Comics Vol 1: Faces of Death’

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Batman: Detective Comics Vol 1: Faces of Death

Writer: Tony S. Daniel

Artists: Tony S. Daniel, Ryan Winn

James: So far we’ve dabbled a bit into the Detective Comics line, we did go back and see where it all began as well as checking out The Black Mirror. Reading this book, I think it’s fair to say that this is a different tone and texture to the Batman story than what we’ve seen so far in a lot of the main Batman storylines. My question to you is did you appreciate the different atmosphere and texture of this story or did it drift too far away from the familiarity of the Batman stories we love the most? Continue reading

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Debriefing #30: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 2 Disk 2

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Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2 Disk 2

Directors: Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Kevin Alteri, and Eric Radomski

Writers: Buzz Dixon, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Bynne Stephens, David Wise, Paul Dini, and Cherie Wilkerson

 Note: This is a discussion of the episodes Cat Scratch Fever, The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne, Heart of Steel (Part 1 & 2), If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?, Joker’s Wild, and Tyger, Tyger

Edgar: As we go deeper and deeper into Batman: The Animated Series, more familiar villains are provided additional episodes, while some long forgotten ones receive their share of the spotlight for the first time and still in other cases entirely new foes are brought into the ring to challenge the Dark Knight. This batch of adventures presents a healthy mixture of each scenario, some of which I found to be stronger than others. James, were you more interested in the repeat offenders like The Joker and Catwoman, were you more excited by the first time appearances of old friends like The Riddler and Doctor Strange or did you prefer the entirely new maleficent maniacs we got this time around? Continue reading

Debriefing #29: “Under the Hood”

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Batman: Under the Hood
Writer: Judd Winick
Artists: Doug Mahnke, Eric Battle, Shane Davis

NOTE: This discussion is spoiler heavy from the onset.

Edgar: If there is one thing you can almost always count on when it comes to important comic book characters, it’s that when a writer decides to kill him or her off, there is a remarkably high chance that they will return in some form some issues later, maybe even months or years laters. It just seems to be the way these books work for better or worse. How fitting then that, mere weeks after reading the controversial Death in the Family storyline we find ourselves discussing Under the Hood, an important story in Batman lore that raises Jason Todd from the dead in spectacular fashion (again, for good or ill). I feel like starting the conversation by asking a simple, if loaded, question to you James: Should Jason have stayed dead or not? Continue reading

Debriefing #28: ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Vol 2 Disk 1

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Batman: The Animated Series Vol 2 Disk 1

Creators: Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm

Directors: Kevin Altieri, Frank Paur, Boyd Kirkland, Bruce Timm, Dick Sebast,

Writers: Beth Bomstein, Elliot S. Maggin, Laren Bright, Michael Reaves, Steve Perry, Paul Dini, Randy Rogel

Note: This discussion covers the episodes Eternal Youth, Perchance to Dream, The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy, Robin’s Reckoning Part 1, Robin’s Reckoning Part 2, The Laughing Fish and Night of the Ninja.

James: After working our way through the first volume of The Animated Series, we’ve gotten the setup for a lot of the characters (with an exception we’ll talk about this time around). As we move into this second volume, we’re getting a lot of repeat customers, especially in the rogue’s gallery. The show is still giving itself some space to explore new characters, but for the most part we’ve got the groundwork set. My question for you is do you think these latest episodes do a good job developing these characters or were you left hoping for more?

Edgar: I’m glad you chose to start the discussion with the topic of developing the characters we’ve already come to know a little bit through the first volume of episodes. The reason being that I was particularly intrigued and in some cases satisfied with where this small collection of episodes took Bruce, Batman, Robin and even one of the villains, Poison Ivy. I don’t know if this was a conscious decision on the part of the writers to string together a series of episodes where viewers got to understand some of the deeper inner workings of these people but in any event it made for a really interesting run of adventures. I very much liked what they did with Poison Ivy in ‘Eternal Youth’, painting her as an even more twisted version of Batman himself. I appreciate it when the writers have the courage to go that deep with the characters. They did it a number of times in the first volume and continue to do so thus far in volume 2. James, were there any particular highs or lows in that regard?

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