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Batman & Robin Adventures Vol. 2 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-17 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1401274056
LANGUAGE:English

" If you ever find yourself reading something dense and meaty, like say, War and Peace or the main Batman series, do yourself a favor - take a break for some Batman & Robin Adventures. They're fast, frivolous, and fun. Empty calorie reading at its finest. " said.

" A solid read but doesn't measure up to the standard set by previous volumes. Paul Dini has a couple great issues here but the majority are written by Ty Templeton, whose stories seldom rise above the level of serviceable. Also, the art and colors seem hindered by the cheap paper DC decided to use for this trade. Things like that tend not to bother me but they were a real distraction this time around. I'm grateful DC are publishing these books at all but this one could have been better. " said.

"Batman & Robin Adventures, Vol. 2 is more of the same and there's nothing wrong with that. We're treated to new adventures where the dynamic duo face off against Manbat, Bane, Scarecrow, and the Mad Hatter, among others. It also features a sort of epilogue to the animated movie Mask of the Phantasm, that explains exactly how the Phantasm and the Joker managed to escape the blast and has Andrea Beaumont returning to Gotham for the final adieu we never got in the movie. Lucky for her she didn't cross paths with Catwoman who does appear in a later story and tends to flirt a lot with the Batman (I would've paid to see that clash!).

Each and every one of the stories is entirely self-contained, so you can pick it up whenever you want to take a break and go back to simpler times. Curiously, there are more than a few cases of mistaken intentions, as some villains intend to give up their lives of crime.

Definitely recommended for fans of BTAS.
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""Batman: The Animated Series" was probably the greatest superhero cartoon ever created: great storytelling; well-rounded and interesting characters; real stakes that never got "too dark" for a kids' show, but that also treated kids like they had half a brain. Seriously, that show had it all. So any chance to get a few more stories from these great writers is always a welcome opportunity. I especially liked that these stories featured Robin--who has always been my favorite character (whoever it is wearing the mantle). An added bonus was that this collection included a sequel to the animated movie "Mask of the Phantasm." It was great to get a bit more time with the one woman Bruce Wayne considered giving up his crime-fighting crusade for--the woman who ended up choosing a life that Batman could never condone. Great drama and conflict that translated just as well on the page as on the screen. But my favorite comic was the one where Dick Grayson returned to Haly's Circus.***SPOILER*** The ending was a little depressing--mostly because everything I've ever read showed Mr. Haly as an upstanding sort of man--but desperate times, I suppose. The end result, however, was the bond that Dick and Bruce share. And... you know me and familial themes. It was a good mystery and an even better look at the friendship the Dynamic Duo share. But, above all, this collection had a nice variety of stories with an even better variety of villains. The Joker one, with Harley attempting to cheer him up and make him laugh, was particularly amusing. That is one messed up relationship they have, but it's always fascinating to see those characters play off of other. Still, poor Harley. Plus, there was stories with Mad Hatter, with Scarecrow.... Really, you couldn't ask for a better Batman and Robin collection, and I would definitely recommend it." said.

" Solid read, not exactly dense or anything, but hey, they have a sneaky little sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! " said.

"4.5. Like Batman & Robin Adventures Vol. 1, Vol.2 is a fun, well-done compilation of one-off issues (9 episodes).

I like Windows To the Soul with Manbat. When Bruce teases Alfred after Alfred wakes him up in the middle of the night after catching a pair of glowing red eyes looking at him from the dark corners of the kitchen... At first, he's all business and speed, grabbing his belt on the way to the kitchen. And then he's smiling and teasing Alfred. So cute.
I also like the interaction Batman has with Dick after letting Manbat go free.

Shadow of the Phantasm felt pretty serious with Adrea, Bruce's lost love and the (accidental, though super convenient) death of Arthur Reeves.

I actually really like To Live and Die in Gotham City. It was a side/backstory to Bane that I had never seen before -someone who felt betrayed by Batman. Bane went from wanting to help and prove himself to Batman to wanting to hurt him, and that was pretty cool.

I also love Dagger's Tale, told from the pov of a lowly Gotham City thug who gets a tattoo of Batman on his arm to remind him that "ya can't waste yer life fighting all the time. Ya can't beat everybody. There's always gonna be somebody faster... somebody tougher... somebody stronger. There's always gonna be Batman.".

And lastly, there's one amazing page in Joker's Last Laugh where Harley is trying to get the Joker to laugh, so she drops a barracuda down a man's pants.
He doesn't laugh and Harley exclaims: "How can you not be laughing? I'm doing the choice stuff, here..."
The next frame takes place in the same location, but there are ambulances and police cars taking away what we assume is the barracuda injured man.
Commissioner Gordon is there, he says: "I never understand anything that madman does...but these recent activities seem completely random..." (because they're being done by HQ & not the Joker...)
He's interrupted by Robin LOLing from behind a tree.
Gordon: "What's that, Robin?"
Robin: "Sorry. A Barracuda down the pants is kinda funny."
Batman, scowling the most fierce scowl of seriousness that can be drawn in 2D: "No, it's not."
To which, Robin responds with a chastised and upset, "Right." You can almost hear his "eek!" from the page. Which only makes it funny! Or funnier! lol

Overall, really fun 4.5 star volume.
" said.

" If you ever find yourself reading something dense and meaty, like say, War and Peace or the main Batman series, do yourself a favor - take a break for some Batman & Robin Adventures. They're fast, frivolous, and fun. Empty calorie reading at its finest. " said.

" A solid read but doesn't measure up to the standard set by previous volumes. Paul Dini has a couple great issues here but the majority are written by Ty Templeton, whose stories seldom rise above the level of serviceable. Also, the art and colors seem hindered by the cheap paper DC decided to use for this trade. Things like that tend not to bother me but they were a real distraction this time around. I'm grateful DC are publishing these books at all but this one could have been better. " said.

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