Within the past 5 years, DC Comics has released a multitude of books under their “Rebirth” and later their “DC Universe” line of books. With these changes, they have also introduced books based on their movie and TV franchises. The first of those is the series Batman: The Adventures Continue. “Season Two” is a direct continuation of that with a new numbering system, and is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series.
It was written by two of the producers of the original Batman: The Animated Series (Alan Burnett and Paul Dini). Additionally, it was drawn by Rick Burchett (one of the other writers and artists for The Batman and Robin Adventures) The cover by Burchett is amazing, with it being true to the original series in a way making it comparable to the original drawings. If one only took a quick glance at it, you could think it was a real still from the show.
As always, the review will be judging the comic based solely on the contents within the issue itself, disregarding any previous issues, and instead judging it on its own merit. Luckily, this issue lives up to any expectation one could put on it.
Within just 18 pages, Burnett and Dini tell a story that reminded me of the classic television show in a way that feels tailor-made to the comic page. The writing for this issue contains a fascinating story that honestly beats out what they wrote back in the original series, which is not surprising because they have significantly fewer limitations now and have plenty of new characters to play with, and fewer restrictions on their content subject.
Rick Burchett, with his art, creates a pseudo-3D version of his original B:TAS art. It is some of the best I have seen in a long time and feels right at home with previous incarnations of the series. It is also always a pleasure to see him draw characters in the art style of the original show who have never been featured in that style before.
Now for the less positive thing: the price. Four dollars for any 18-page comic is ridiculously expensive, but if you can afford it, I highly recommend buying it the next time you are at your local comic book store. If not, then keep an eye out specifically for this from discount comic distributors.
Issue #3 of this series is some of the best reading I have seen in comics in a long time, and it makes me excited for the new series by some of the original creators of the show. Quite literally the only disappointing thing in this series is that it is a comic instead of being made into a sequel to the original animated series, although the fact that it was made specifically for comics helps soften that blow.
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