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    The new adventures of Batman kicks off in this all new animated comic series!

    BATMAN ADVENTURES #1



    Written by: Ty Templeton and Dan Slott
    Art by: Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty and Templeton
    Cover by: Bruce Timm

    The busiest day of Batman's life begins here, as someone breaks into Arkham Asylum, intent on hunting down everyone from the Joker to Poison Ivy. Batman must protect and recapture his biggest foes all at the same time - even though he's just been outlawed by Gotham's surprising new mayor. Plus, in the 5-page backup story, find out who Batman's hero is.

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    Damn it! I have to order this online! The sorrow, the sorrow. Anyway the first few pages are kind of blurry, I guess I'll be needing glasses. Screw that, I'm getting contacts! But from what I see, it looks awesome and great art although Joker looks a bit odd.

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    Strangely enough, my local comic book store already had this issue on Wednesday... not that I'm complaining! What a great comic. The main story just blew me away. Seeing Batman chased by the police again made me nostalgic, characterization (for every single Arkham inmate) was awesome - which is quite a relief after Peterson's run! The whole story just felt like a terrific dark Batman story again, the kind of which we're used to back in the good old Templeton/Burchett days.

    And Ra's is behind all this?? Gee I have NO clue why he'd plan such a mess...

    As for the backup story, I liked it a lot, although it was a bit frustrating. Such a great idea, and only 5 pages devoted to it... this is the kind of character-driven story that deserves 22 pages, even a whole 4-issue story arc! And I liked the fact that for the first issue, one part of the comic delved into Batman's origin.

    I haven't mentioned the art yet... well Ty IS the Guy and Rick IS the Man! wow I just loved every single panel... especialy that last scene with the police, when Batman sends Gordon "a message". It felt like an incredibly well directed movie sequence (Ra's men taking off on one side, Batman in the police searchlight on another side, and of course the police down there... what a climax!)

    The design changes... well not sure I agree with all of them. I liked blue Two-Face more. I thought it fit better in the animated style. Oh well, I'll just have to get used to purple. I'm not a big fan of Batman's JL costume either. Some nice changes though: Joker looks terrific (nice mix between TNBA and ROTJ), and Scarecrow looks even spookier without any disguise!

    5 stars. Well deserved!

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    Batman: Adventures #1 (SP0IL3R'S!!1)

    A new topic, right. O_o;

    I found this issue to really surprise me, mainly because the fact that the plot has many twists that can go on for more than a few issues, unlike B:GA which had many single issue stories. And that is a very good thing, since you can have a much better outcome for future issues and can really work with the stuff you've got.

    So, Oswald Cobblepot is the mayor and Batman is now an outlaw, that is a brillant way to begin the series. It was nice to see Alfred sorta helping Batman out and he was the only hero. Given I like his little "group" but sometimes it just needs to be the Dark Knight. Two-Face helping Batman was a big surprise and genius move by Bats. And Ras Al Ghul behind it all? BUT WHY??

    The art was really very good, it was very different from the Batman: Gotham Adventures Batman and seemed to be more like the Justice League: TAS version while keeping a TNBA style. The villains ranged from good to bad. Poison Ivy looked certainly...nice. While Joker was simply awful, he didn't even look insane...just weird.

    However, the really bad thing about this book was the back-up. No, the story nor the art were bad, just the fact that it was there. I do not not like this new set-up at all, 16 pages of regular story and 5 pages of some small story, I just think it's taking up space while not getting enough at the same time. It has some premise, but it should be more evened out.

    While the Batman: Adventures book as some downsides (Logo, Set-Up) it had twice as many good parts. So I'll give this baby Five Stars.

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    For those still wondering whether or not to pick up this issue, check out the new Dan Slott Interview on Toon Zone News.

    I'll add my more in-depth, longer, review later, but for now, here's my condensed review. This issue was nearly flawless. Not only was the story great, and the artwork fabulous, but I'm really enjoying the new two-story format. I was worried it would cramp the stories, but that fear was immediately washed away when I sat down and read this issue a few days ago. The entire creative teams goes the whole nine yards with this issue. This issue was full of genuine surprises, especially the doozy about Poison Ivy, and has provided a great new status-quo for Batman, The Penguin, and the GCPD.

    This series could end up being the definitive Batman Adventures series. I can't wait for issue #2 on May 21st.

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    Ahhh...man I loved this issue. What was there not to love? The art, the story, the...just wow. It took me roughly 5 minutes to get through this, which, for a comic, is a rather long amount of time--and that was just the main story! No big splash pages of the like that plagued B:GA in it's last issues, it was alot of story, talking and just packed alot of punch. And the backup story? Awesome....

    I gotta give a huge "kudos!" to the whole team on the issue...it was nothing short of perfect.

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    For many, many months I have anticipated the release of this comic, and now that the day has come, I am extremely pleased to share my opinion of it.

    Batman Adventures #1


    After just having read it through for the first time, I must say I feel a little dizzy. So much has changed for Batman, and yet, so much remains the same. Cobblepot as Mayor was a brilliant move, as was using the ensuing chaos as a way to introduce the readers to all the different characters. We had our first look of the Scarecrow underneath the mask, a bit of an explanation as to why Ivy has become something other than what she once was in "Pretty Poison", as well as the news that Joker has been rendered somewhat harmless. There are so many good things to say! But first, there are things I need to get off my chest.

    Rich Burchett's artwork was far from flawless. His angular lines gave the figures a jagged quality that visually complicated already chaotic panels. Batman's legs when he first appeared in his jet-pack were stiff and stretched. Joker's expressions were nicely done, but all that crosshatching in shaded areas made the artwork seem hurried and rushed. Half-completed lines (see Gordon's face in last panels of lead story) really didn't add to the scene. Basically put, my favorite Burchett issues (Gotham Adventures' #10 and #11) still surpass this one. The artwork made the story hard to follow for me, which was a disappointment. Ironic as this may sound, I'm wondering how Levins would have handled this. Then again, with only 17 pages to tell a full story, more than four panels a page may take some getting used to. I hope Burchett's work on future issues uses more curving lines. Otherwise, this is going to be too frantic an arc for my eyes, I fear. Still, nice job on the new Jonathan Crane. On the other hand, though, Two-Face looked horrible. The cover clearly depicts him as in B:TAS style. It would be nice if Burchett didn't then depict him in his much worse, TNBA style.

    Lee Loughridge really should have noticed his several miscolorings of Two-Face (pages 10 and 12) and corrected them. This is the first issue, and I was really hoping the coloring errors that plagued B:GA would be a thing of the past. Thankfully, everything else seemed really nice (this is no Superman Adventures!), accept for Arkham's green walls (why color them the same as the inmates' outfits?), the one-color panels in the back-up story (Bruce studying science, Bruce seeing the Bat,etc - something more could have been done with those, I feel), and the lack of consistancy between the cover and the inside material. Ivy has white skin and Two-Face has blue skin, right? Nope. Green and purple. I like both pairs, but just pick one and stick with it, please.

    As for the plot, Templeton and Slott created a great introductory tale, with clever links to Bat's life (no longer having 'asylum' with the Commish) and a wonderful mix of character-interaction (Ivy and Harley and drugged up Joker and Harvey, etc). The Croc joke was priceless! I don't feel the art did the story justice though. This was a large-scale action-packed drama, and it looked too choppy to help the tale flow. After reading a few pages, though, the story started to become really "shocky". Look - Ivy's been stabbed! No! Harley's attacking an Assassin! Look Ivy's Alive! It was too much, too fast. For this reason, I feel the back-up story was superfluous. It was a cute recap of Batman's life (very Batman and Superman Magazine-esque) but the introduction and defeat of the Cavalier happened in a matter of two pages. I hadn't even gotten over the idea of meeting him for the first time before Batman came in and tied him up. And the "You're Not Zorro - That Job's been taken!" seemed a bit far-fetched coming from the Dark Knight. He'd only make that association between himself and his childhood hero if he had become really emotional, and I sincerely doubt the Cavalier caused such an emotional impact. Besides, isn't the Grey Ghost Batman's main hero? It seems redundant to mention every masked fighter Bruce ever associated himself with. So basically, the last four pages were disappointing. And those flashback scenes in the theatre looked more "Beatty" than "Ty". I would have much preferred to have some kind of breather during the main story. Why exactly did Batman throw a bomb at the Rogues? He blew part of the building open, and protected only himself and Croc. I'm a little lost on that one...

    So, all in all, I'd have preferred something slower, but at least this is truer to the source material than Peterson's Adventures ever were. I look forward to the coming years, and thank the team behind all this from the bottom of my Bat-heart

    P.S. I brought my friends along with me for Free Comic Book Day, but they wouldn't pick this one up. The said it looked too "kiddy". The logo's got to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyBoy

    P.S. I brought my friends along with me for Free Comic Book Day, but they wouldn't pick this one up. The said it looked too "kiddy". The logo's got to go.
    They...wouldn't pick up a free comic book? that doesn't make any sense. The logo's not the greatest, but anyone who won't pick it up based on it's "kiddy" look needs to mature a bit themselves.

    ...and I'm not defending the logo, I still think it's wacko looking, but it's hardly enough to make me not want to pick it up, especially since it's free.

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    I competely forgot it was FCBD. ANd the nearest comic shop is two hours away. alas. I'm just worried tht books a million won't carry this title. I sure hope they do.
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    Yah, well they both decided to pick up Ultimate X-Men instead. Go figure.

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    DarkKnight: If your B.A.M. carried Batman: Gotham Adventures then they should start to sell Batman: Adventures. But I suggest you find a better way on getting comics instead of depanding on Books-A-Million, since they don't have everything that comes out and are always a month behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyBoy
    Rich Burchett's artwork was far from flawless. His angular lines gave the figures a jagged quality that visually complicated already chaotic panels. Batman's legs when he first appeared in his jet-pack were stiff and stretched. Joker's expressions were nicely done, but all that crosshatching in shaded areas made the artwork seem hurried and rushed. Half-completed lines (see Gordon's face in last panels of lead story) really didn't add to the scene. Basically put, my favorite Burchett issues (Gotham Adventures' #10 and #11) still surpass this one. The artwork made the story hard to follow for me, which was a disappointment. Ironic as this may sound, I'm wondering how Levins would have handled this. Then again, with only 17 pages to tell a full story, more than four panels a page may take some getting used to. I hope Burchett's work on future issues uses more curving lines. Otherwise, this is going to be too frantic an arc for my eyes, I fear. Still, nice job on the new Jonathan Crane. On the other hand, though, Two-Face looked horrible. The cover clearly depicts him as in B:TAS style. It would be nice if Burchett didn't then depict him in his much worse, TNBA style.
    wow we couldn't disagree more. I thought Burchett provided some of his best art on this issue! What seems to bother you the most is the number of panels per page... well that was Ty's choice, not Burchett's. I had no problem following the story... As for curving lines, I don't think Rick Burchett should bow to Bruce Timm. If he wants to add his own vision of the animated style, he's entitled to go for it. Personally I just love his angular artwork. It's very classy and stylish, and it keeps true to the look of the series.

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    You don't get to be Zorro.
    Thank god. After months - lets not kid ourselves - years of dissapointing Batman: Gotham Adventures issues we are finally given Batman the way he should be. No stupid continuanity "laws", no sidekicks, just Batman, Alfred in the cave, Jim Gordon and his villians. The whole premises of the series sounds good - The Penguin as the chief villian. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be like this in The New Batman Adventures but it works. Paticulary in the 'No Vigilanties' scene. A good script, awesome characterisations, pretty to the eye art and a cool little back up. I thought the back ups where supposed to branch into a single issue lengthed story but I'm guessing that I am too 'tarded to actually read posts properly. Only things I didn't like was that daft logo and the colours. Sorry but after the way we were treated on the front cover I found the inside to be a little dissapointing (something I've found with all Adventure titles.

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    Wow! This was a great issue!! The writing and the artwork was fantastic and about 10 times better than any of Petersons' issues. I loved how Batman started on opposite sides of the Police and now he is back in that situation again. The cameos from the many Arkham inmates and interactions between them was fun. I enjoyed seeing the new Scarecrow out of costume look..kinda creepy! I also enjoyed seeing Harvey help Batman again and Alfred communicating back and forth from the cave. Penguin as Mayor is genius and something that has been part of the Batman universe since the 60s. It was nice to see so much dialogue and so many panels for a change. The artwork was great!! And the backup story was flawless! I just want to thank Dan Slott for the nod to Batfans with that opening scene. The opening 2 pages of the backup story are just about verbatum from the opening scenes of Batman#1 from 1940. It was a nice tribute done in the animated style. Thanks Dan! This series has impressed me more in one issue than the last 20 of Gotham Adventures and I can't wait to see where the writers take this.
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    The bat is back!

    I have not gotten this issue yet because I live in Utah and there are no comic stores...

    But I have a subscription

    and from seeing the first pages it looks fantastic! Finally.

    and I think I like the purple two-face better than blue.

    Not too crazy about the logo though.

    great batman is alone and the police are after him...sweet!

    I don't think they should have made the penguin mayor...but with this team I am sure it will work.

    Why isn't the Joker in his JL look?
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    I really liked this issue. I am really glad to see that Rick Burchett is back on pencils. His run on the previous series was great, especially the artwork on the Mr. Freeze issue (). I'm glad he's brought back the angular look, as it fits this title perfectly. He fits this book like a glove, and I hope he enjoys a long run on the series. Dan Slott and Ty Templeton gave us two really good stories here and have got me hooked! I can't wait for the next issue!

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    Wow! Great stuff here!

    This book was fantastic! Tons of "woah!" and "wow!" moments whil reading it: the new mayor, the new stealth mode on the Batmobile, Ivy's new abilities, one of my favorite villians behind the whole mess! I loved it! This kind of writing is exactly what the animated-style Batman comics needed. Thank you DC, Templeton, and Slott!!!!

    I'm a bit thrown off by the art - I actually really miss Tim Levins, and some of the art in this issue seemed a bit off to me (proportions, locations of Batman's eyes in relation to his face in some panels, etc). But, for the most part it's pretty good, and the minor flaws can be overlooked thanks fot eh fantastic story here.

    Obviously, I'm giving this one 5 stars!

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    Whoa, was this one terrific hook to get us into the new series. Reel me in, stuff me, and mount me on the wall, guys.

    Some wonderful twists on the characters and background in Gotham. Making the Penguin mayor and putting Batman athwart the police is brilliant -- gets Batman nicely out of the deputy cop business and gives the writers some great opportunities for conflict. I dunno what's going to be up with the Joker after this therapy, but it made every one of his lines a surprise, and I really liked his zonked expressions. And the dialogue is wonderfully crisp and to the point.

    I don't know what to say about the artwork -- that's not my field. But I share some of DisneyBoy's disquiet, though I think Salvor pegged what it is. There's almost too many twists and turns in this initial story to be fit into a 17-page story -- oh, heck, there's too many to be fit into a 22-page story -- and so the panels are jammed in too small and too tight. I'm not a huge fan of splash-pages (especially when they're thrown in to disguise a lack of plot and development), but this one went way too far in the other direction.

    And the back-up? I really like the idea myself, and I really liked Dan's story here. Fun, vaguely silly, but strongly tied into Batman's history and psychology. A perfect gem at the perfect length, perfectly rendered.

    Well, except for that final line of dialogue. Dan, man, you nailed it with "Not in this town." Perfect exit line. Why did you have to step on it?

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    Just picked mine up today. and... WOW !!!

    What a great way to kick off the new series...
    Excellent story, great shake-'em up ideas...

    The whole "Penguin for Mayor" thing has been done before (and badly !!), but just on Page 1, this time it seems like could be very interesting... I hope that this time around, he finally becomes what I think they were trying to do in TNBA, but never quite got there- a true crime boss, and a real threat- especially since he's running Gotham now.

    It'll be interesting to see where the new team goes with Ivy, now that she's becoming something beyond human...

    The way Batman manipulated Harvey was brilliant, although I will say that the artwork telling that bit of the story was a bit too heavy-handed... Batman looking right into the "camera" with the coin in his hand, then slipping it under the rubble... "Pay attention, Kiddies !!"

    And with Ra's Al Ghul behind all of this, I'm sure things will get very interesting...

    I have never been a big fan of Rick Burchett's pencils, and I have to say that he really had me going for the first 3 pages (which were fantastic), but then that first Arkham page brought me right back to my previous "reality"... Oh well... I will say this- he draws a great Posion Ivy !!!

    What was up with the Joker !! It seemed like something hit him in the head towards the end and he starting coming around to his old self. And why oh why wasn't he drawn in the ROTJ / JL style ???!!!

    The back-up story was kind of... I don't know... It was good, but I'm not sure how I feel about the whole concept of the 17-page main story with a 5-page back-up story anyway. I think it might be better with just one story, but what do I know, other than the fact that this first 17-pager was amazing, and thank you, Dan Slott, for returning Zorro to his rightful place in the Bat-Mythos !!! I for one was not a big fan of the whole Grey Ghost thing...

    All in all, I'd say good things are in store for all of us Animated-Batfans !!!

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    I really liked it. I found the art solid, and the dialogue enjoyable (particularly Joker's quips). One beef, though- how did Cobblepot get elected? I mean, how stupid are Gotham's citizens? He's a convicted criminal, folks.
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