DC - batman and robin /tags/batman-and-robin-0 en Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder /blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>All Robins are good Robins. From the classic Dick Grayson, to the lesser-recognized alternate timeline Robins like Carrie Kelley, Matt McGinnis and Helena Wayne. From Stephanie Brown finally getting to work at Batman’s side after years of struggling for recognition, to Damian Wayne learning from the first Robin how to truly earn the title he once considered his birthright. From Tim Drake accepting the mantle to bring Batman back from the brink of despair, to the entire flock of Robins led by Duke Thomas in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/we-are-robin-vol-1-the-vigilante-business" target="_blank">We Are Robin</a> </em>operating without Batman. But we’re here today to express a controversial opinion.</p> <p>All Robins are good Robins. But Jason Todd was the best.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason5_5f865274163498.22651662.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 575px;" /></p> <p>That’s right. You may have heard the rumors about Jason’s run as Robin. You may have heard that he was “angry” and “violent,” that he was “disobedient” and “reckless” and had a “mean streak.” You may have even heard that he was in some way responsible for his own death since he was the one who arrogantly went after the Joker alone! Well, you’ve been misinformed. We’re here to set the record straight, with our top five reasons that Jason Todd was the best even well before his return as Red Hood.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason3_5f865310658696.57336819.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 627px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/01_numbers2016_5f6e9f86b414e6.12790417.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Street Punk</strong></h2> <p>Quick! What’s Batman’s defining aspect? No, not the dead parents, the other thing? It’s that he’s filthy, stinking rich. Batman is loaded. Batman has not just money, but Money™. Debuting as a millionaire playboy, Batman’s wealth has only grown over the years, even first graduating to billionaire in <em><a href="/graphic-novels/the-dark-knight-returns-1986/batman-the-dark-knight-returns-0" target="_blank">The Dark Knight Returns.</a></em></p> <p>It was a fine enough origin for the Golden and Silver Age, as a quick explanation for how he can afford those wonderful toys. But as the 1980s loomed, comics entered a strange and tumultuous time as they reckoned with the social issues of the era. Stories like the aforementioned <em>Dark Knight Returns</em> and <em><a href="/graphic-novels/batman-year-one-deluxe-edition-0" target="_blank">Batman: Year One</a></em> were giving us a new, darker Batman. Dick Grayson was striking out on his own as Nightwing. And Jason Todd was getting a new origin, one which made him a perfect counterbalance to Batman. Originally a circus acrobat cut from the same cloth as Dick Grayson, the Jason Todd of post-Crisis continuity would take on a new origin more suited to his times as a homeless kid living on the streets of Crime Alley, stealing to survive after losing his parents to drugs and crime. These elements of poverty, addiction and wealth disparity made him perfectly suited to the issues of the 1980s—and, perhaps, today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason6_5f86535c3aba05.94873903.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 513px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/02_numbers2016_5f6e9f97f08740.22587295.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Made Batman Laugh</strong></h2> <p>You all know this story. When Batman first met post-Crisis Jason Todd, Batman caught him in the act of stealing the tires off of the Batmobile. Many forget what came next—namely, Batman getting hilariously punked by his soon-to-be adoptive son. But what’s also forgotten is that even before that, Jason made Bruce LAUGH. No mean feat in general, but even more impressive considering that it was in Crime Alley, on the anniversary of his parents’ deaths.</p> <p>That’s right! While you may have heard that Batman took Jason in to keep him from growing up to “do wrong,” Batman’s true motives were far less Billionaire Savior of the Downtrodden, and far more relatable: Bruce just liked having the kid around.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason1_600_5f865399d48ff8.95130236.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 451px;" /></p> <p>Imagine that.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason2_5f8653d5540f53.11483868.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 447px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/03_numbers2016_5f6e9fa9cc4d24.45270085.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Was a Feminist</strong></h2> <p>When people think of Jason as the “violent Robin,” they’re mostly thinking of a few specific incidents from Jim Starlin’s run on <em>Batman</em>. What people often forget, though, is the common theme uniting these incidents: Jason specifically lost it on men who were abusing women. From a serial killer who targeted women to a pimp abusing a sex worker to a serial rapist wielding diplomatic immunity to drive his victim to unimaginable ends, it’s clear what most pushed Jason’s hot buttons: abuse and violence targeted at the vulnerable and disenfranchised.</p> <p>In fact, this aspect of Jason’s characterization is so ingrained that, aside from his name and the codename he would later bear, it’s one of the few aspects of post-Crisis Jason that was established as far back as his pre-Crisis incarnation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bestjason8_5f865416d8d4d2.00196986.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 578px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/04_numbers2016_5f6e9fbb783a12.36463714.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Disobeyed Batman</strong></h2> <p>You read that right. Jason disobeyed Batman…just like every other Robin! Why? Because otherwise, the story is boring! Who wants to read a story where Batman is right about everything and Robin is some gormless flunky who hangs around obeying every command? Conflict drives action, and allowing Batman to be wrong and Robin right in defying him, adds interest.</p> <p>And besides, Jason had reasons for his defiance, even when it ended poorly...</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/mother_5f865431ea7786.77842518.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 749px;" /></p> <h2><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/09-SEP/05_numbers2016_5f6e9fcc8ee242.25874500.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />He Loved His Mother</strong></h2> <p>With all the flashbacks and retellings of Jason’s death in the years since 1988, it’s easy to forget one key factor. When Jason went after the Joker alone, he was rushing in for a reason that’s all too understandable—to save his own mother.</p> <p>Unfortunately for young Jason, his mother didn’t return that unconditional love. Seeking to cover her own criminal activities, Sheila Haywood, after finding out that her son was Robin, lied to him and told him that the Joker was gone in order to lure him into a trap. Jason’s death, though at the Joker’s hands, ultimately came from the cruelest source of all—a mother’s betrayal. And yet even after all that, Jason might have survived had, seconds before the detonation of Joker’s bomb, he not thrown himself in front of his mother, trying to shield her from the blast.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/bomb_5f8654d8103948.80309651.jpg" style="width: 696px; height: 1001px;" /></p> <p>Jason was a teenager, and like any teenager, prone to occasional recklessness and fits of temper. But in the end, it was love that ran Jason afoul of the Joker, and love that led him to sacrifice himself for the same mother who betrayed him. Jason died the same way he lived—a true hero.</p> <p>(Anyway…you all loved him in <em><a href="/tv/the-new-batman-adventures-1997-1999" target="_blank">The New Batman Adventures</a></em> when they changed his name to “Tim Drake.”)</p> <p>But if you agree that Jason Todd deserved better than Death by Joker, you’ve got a chance to set things right. Save his life in <a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" target="_blank">the new interactive <em>Batman: A Death in the Family</em> movie,</a> now available in stores everywhere!<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/movies/batman-death-in-the-family" style="color: rgb(119, 218, 245); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Batman: Death in the Family</a> is now available on Blu-ray and DIgital (note that the movie's interactive experience is only available on Blu-ray).</em></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/let-robin-live-5-reasons-jason-todd-was-best-boy-wonder/" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd robin</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/is-jason-todd-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">is jason todd the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/why-jason-todd-is-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">why jason todd is the best robin</a>, <a href="/tags/death-of-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">death of robin</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-a-death-in-the-family" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: a death in the family</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-animated-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family animated movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-death-in-the-family-interactive-movie" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: death in the family interactive movie</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/boy-wonder" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Boy Wonder</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animated-movies" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animated movies</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-animation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc animation</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Let Robin Live: Five Reasons Why Jason Todd Was the Best Boy Wonder" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 14 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466158 at /blog/2020/10/14/let-robin-live-five-reasons-why-jason-todd-was-the-best-boy-wonder#comments Titans: Dick Grayson's Identity Crisis /blog/2018/11/06/titans-dick-graysons-identity-crisis <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Titans: Dick Grayson&#039;s Identity Crisis</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ashley V. Robinson</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>“F**k Batman.”</p><div><p>That statement made quite a splash coming out of the mouth of Dick Grayson’s Robin in the <em>T</em><em>itans </em>pilot. Even for a character as steeped in the Gotham underworld and crime scene as Dick, it’s taking a pretty hard line against one of the most beloved superheroes of all time. It also caught the attention of viewers who might not be as familiar with Dick Grayson’s graduation from the role of sidekick Robin into the Kryptonian-named identity of standalone vigilante Nightwing.</p><p>…it’s even happened on television before!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/11-NOV/TIT_102u_0125%20V1_f_900_5be0fcbce98c19.02876143.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p><em>Th</em><em>e New Batman Adventures </em>era of <em>Ba</em><em>tman: The Animated Series </em>gave us a tremendously awesome episode called “Old Wounds” that deals directly with the split between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson that ultimately drove Dick out of the shadow of the Bat and all the way to Blüdhaven to establish his own identity. He explains to Tim Drake (the new Robin and my personal favorite superhero of all time), that Batman kept too many secrets from him, including Batgirl’s civilian identity of Dick’s then-girlfriend Barbara Gordon, and it became impossible for Dick to trust Batman or Bruce Wayne anymore.</p><p><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/11-NOV/NightwingNTT_5be0fc1d38e4a8.75991265.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 904px; float: left; margin: 10px 5px;" />Ba</em><em>tman: The Animated Series </em>was hardly the origin of this rift between Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne. That goes all the way back to the Marv Wolfman and George Perez run on <a href="https://www.readdc.com/New-Teen-Titans-1980-1988/comics-series/7072?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz" target="_blank">NEW TEEN TITANS</a> in the 1980s. In fact, it was in 1984’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Tales-of-the-Teen-Titans-1980-1988-44/digital-comic/T0967800445001?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44,</a> that Dick Grayson was reintroduced as Nightwing. You’ve probably seen this comic (and the panel where Dick unveils his new identity) featured prominently in many comic book shops and websites over the years…and there’s a reason for that. It’s a great issue that you should definitely check out.</p><p>In the beginning, the genesis of the conflict and split was a desire on behalf of Dick Grayson to have a more grown-up identity. Some might make the joke that he finally wanted to armor his legs.</p><p>The truth is that Batman had actually been encouraging Dick to quit the Titans, and maybe even crimefighting altogether. Robin had recently been shot by the Joker and Bruce Wayne was struck by a bad case of conscience over endangering a young boy on his quest for justice. Ultimately, Dick did take a break from the Teen Titans to reevaluate his identity and decide just how fully he wanted to blaze his own trail. Don’t worry, Grayson fans, he was absent for a mere five issues before reemerging with that totally awesome “Discowing” costume!</p><p>I mentioned earlier that “Nightwing” is a Kryptonian name. In SUPERMAN #158<em>,</em> Clark Kent himself adopted the name when he was trapped in the bottle city of Kandor. His sidekick was none of than Jimmy Olsen who fought crime under the moniker “Flamebird.” Something that I think gets lost in the Dick Grayson mythos is just how much he idolizes Superman. The Man of Steel is arguably the most positive male role model in Dick’s life—even if you consider Bruce Wayne to be his father—and I’ve always found it fascinating that as he is transitioning out of being Batman’s sidekick and working in the shadows of Gotham, he picks up a name that allies him more with Superman, who is powered by the sun.</p></div><p>It’s a move that’s kind of the opposite of the “You can’t tell me what to do—you’re not my real dad!” attitude that Dick Grayson was probably throwing Bruce Wayne’s way during this period in their shared comic book history.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/11-NOV/titans-15-1133395_900_5bdb900c7f94d4.50933729.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 599px;" /></p><p>Many have contended that it is the sustaining friendship between Dick Grayson and Clark Kent, and the working relationship between Nightwing and Superman, that facilitated Dick’s maturation into a well-rounded, functioning human being with dynamic, healthy relationships, and the ability to hold down meaningful employment—all points on which his father figure, Bruce Wayne, has repeatedly failed.</p><p>However it may play out on <em>T</em><em>itans, </em>the graduation from Robin to Nightwing has always made for fertile storytelling ground. Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Nightwing-Year-One/comics-story-arc/1195?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9zdG9yeWxpbmVTbGlkZXI" target="_blank">NIGHTWING: YEAR ONE</a> and the <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Nightwing-1996-2009/comics-series/321?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz" target="_blank">NIGHTWING</a> standalone series that ran the entire 1990s tread this ground over and over and over again. The creators of <em>T</em><em>itans </em>must have been spoiled for inspirational material.</p><p>…to say nothing of Jason Todd’s upcoming appearance! Who is excited about that? I am! Let’s jump down to the comments section and chat about it.</p><p>So, why did Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne have a falling out that led to the (re)birth of Nightwing? Well, as I’ve tried to make clear, it was a bunch of things…and, just like real life, it was complicated.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Catch new episodes of Titans every Friday exclusively on DC Universe. <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/titans/" target="_blank">Click here to subscribe now.</a> For more on when Robin might become Nightwing, be sure to read <a href="/blog/2018/11/02/geoff-johns-reveals-why-titans-robin-isnt-nightwingyet" target="_blank">our recent interview with TItans Executive Producer Geoff Johns.</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Ashley V. Robinson writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and is a regular contributor to the Couch Club, our weekly television column. </em><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">You can find her on Twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyVRobinson" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>@AshleyVRobinson</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> and on </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Jawiin" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>the Jawiin YouTube channel.</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> </em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-couch-club-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans</a>, <a href="/tags/teen-titans-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">teen titans</a>, <a href="/tags/titans-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">titans series</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/why-isnt-robin-nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">why isn&#039;t robin nightwing?</a>, <a href="/tags/why-isnt-dick-grayson-nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">why isn&#039;t dick grayson nightwing?</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing on titans</a>, <a href="/tags/brenton-thwaites" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brenton thwaites</a>, <a href="/tags/will-we-see-nightwing-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">will we see nightwing on titans?</a>, <a href="/tags/history-of-nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history of nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson on titans</a>, <a href="/tags/brenton-thwaites-on-titans" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">brenton thwaites on titans</a>, <a href="/tags/ashley-v-robinson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">ashley v. robinson</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/11/06/titans-dick-graysons-identity-crisis" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Titans: Dick Grayson&#039;s Identity Crisis" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000 Ashley V. Robinson 442937 at /blog/2018/11/06/titans-dick-graysons-identity-crisis#comments POW! SMASH! WHACK!: The Batman '66 Effect /blog/2018/09/12/pow-smash-whack-the-batman-66-effect <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>POW! SMASH! WHACK!: The Batman &#039;66 Effect</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Rosie Knight</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>It's that very magical time of the year once again. No, not Christmas... It's Batman Day, when we celebrate the death of two rich philanthropists and the massive trauma that it bestowed upon their young son, Bruce Wayne! In the spirit of this joyous holiday, I thought I'd look back upon one of the most spirited and ecstatic versions of Bat-Lore and the huge impact that it had on the Batman comics that ran alongside and followed it. I am, of course, talking about the classic 1966 television show <em>Batman,</em> a series which introduced realms of fans to the Caped Crusader, his ward Dick Grayson and his ridiculous rogues gallery!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/09-SEP/1900x900_batmanRobin2_5b98603b0384c9.47565465.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 530px;" /></p><p>The iconic camp of Batman '66 has reached cult status amongst Bat-Fans, and though it's often seen as a charming, if not dated, time capsule of a different era, it was actually a radical and unexpected success that for many viewers became their first foray into Bat-Fandom. Not only did the show widely introduce audiences to the crimefighting capers of Batman and Robin, but due to its massive audience, DC had to adapt their output to keep up with or beat their televised counterparts.</p><p>After the implementation of the 24ֱ Code Authority, Selina Kyle A.K.A. Catwoman disappeared from the pages of Batman comics for twelve years. Though an official reason was never given, fans and historians have always thought it was in response to a certain part of the 24ֱ Code that stated criminals could not be glamorized or celebrated. As a regular antihero, sometime love interest, and constant jewel thief, Catwoman was never clearly defined and that made her a prime target for the stringent code. But when ABC decided to use her in their roster of recurring villains, it wasn't too long before Catwoman made her way back onto the page.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/09-SEP/414PHOTOBU12010_PHUP_BATS_700_5b985f5655fa94.33465631.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 886px;" /></p><p>Originally brought to life by Julie Newmar in episode 19 of <em>Batman</em>, "The Purr-Fect Crime," by the summer of 1966, Catwoman had also been portrayed by Lee Meriwether in the iconic movie adaptation of the show, becoming a huge fan favorite. So it's no surprise that months later, Selina Kyle also returned to the comic books for the first time since 1954 in SUPERMAN’S GIRLFRIEND, LOIS LANE #70. Catwoman would later be portrayed on the Batman TV series in perhaps her most iconic version by Eartha Kitt, who would play Catwoman until the show ended in 1968. </p><p>Another famous female character brought into the comics due to Batman '66 was Batgirl. Though a "Bat-Girl" appeared in the comics as Betty Kane for a few issues in the early '60s, Batgirl as we know her wouldn't be introduced in the pages of Detective 24ֱ until 1967. With the popularity of the <em>Batman</em> show plateauing, producer William Dozier decided that he wanted to appeal to the yet-untapped potential young female audience of the show. So Dozier reached out to DC to ask them if they could come up with some new female characters for the show.</p><p>Artist and future Editor-in-Chief of DC, Carmine Infantino, heard the call and alongside editor Julius Schwartz designed some femme fatales who could potentially star in the third season of <em>Batman</em>. One of those characters was a new Batgirl.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/09-SEP/BatgirlDC359_5b985ffcb65929.10140125.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1078px;" /></p><p>Barbara Gordon was a doctor of library sciences who fought crime as Batgirl, not because of trauma but because of civic responsibility. Babs debuted in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-359/digital-comic/T0039003595001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz">DETECTIVE COMICS #359,</a> seven months before she showed up on the first episode of the show’s third season, though she likely wouldn't have appeared in comics at all if it wasn't for the <em>Batman</em> TV show.</p><p>The final and probably most impactful legacy of the show was, ironically, the long-lasting aversion to the campy, colorful and kind Batman that it portrayed. After the series ended in 1968, Schwartz was eager to keep the Dark Knight away from the bright and silly reputation he'd earned during his two-and-a-half-year tenure on television. According to <em>Billion Dollar Batman</em> by Bruce Scivally, Schwartz decided that the Caped Crusader should move back towards his dark roots, the ones introduced by Bill Finger and Bob Kane in his original stories. Enlisting the talents of Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, the comics took a more adult turn, with even the costume leaning heavily into its noirish origins.</p><p>If you've read a main-title Batman comic book over the past fifty years, you know that they never really returned to the cheery campiness of the '66 show. And it wasn't just the comics that were affected, as two decades later Tim Burton would make his seminal film <em>Batman,</em> portraying Gotham's guardian as a serious hero with dangerous foes. That 1989 iteration, combined with the lasting success of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Killing-Joke/digital-comic/T0634000018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy">THE KILLING JOKE</a> and <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Returns/digital-comic/T0110300018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw">THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS,</a> meant that Batman would forevermore be known as the darkest of knights.</p><p><br /><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Rosie Knight writes about Young Adult comics and the DC Universe in general for DC24ֱ.com. B<span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">e sure to f</span>ollow her on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/RosieMarx" target="_blank">@RosieMarx</a>.</em></p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-66" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman &#039;66</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-day" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman Day</a>, <a href="/tags/adam-west" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Adam West</a>, <a href="/tags/adam-west-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">adam west batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-tv-show" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman tv show</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-tv-series" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman tv series</a>, <a href="/tags/burt-ward" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Burt Ward</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/julie-newmar" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">julie newmar</a>, <a href="/tags/lee-meriwether" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">lee meriwether</a>, <a href="/tags/eartha-kitt" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">eartha kitt</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-origin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl origin</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-creation" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl creation</a>, <a href="/tags/rosie-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">rosie knight</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/09/12/pow-smash-whack-the-batman-66-effect" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="POW! SMASH! WHACK!: The Batman &#039;66 Effect" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Rosie Knight 441660 at /blog/2018/09/12/pow-smash-whack-the-batman-66-effect#comments The Road to Metal: Barbatos Begins /blog/2018/05/25/the-road-to-metal-barbatos-begins <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Road to Metal: Barbatos Begins</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Meg Downey</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, May 25, 2018 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Chances are, if you've been poking around the DC Universe lately you've probably stumbled across the name Barbatos. He's been a pretty big-ticket item lately (you know, in like...a horrifying sort of way), with a nice big boost in prominence thanks to the epic events of <a href="/blog/2017/08/15/enter-the-world-of-dark-nights-metal" target="_blank">DARK NIGHTS: METAL.</a> But the truth is he's actually <em>far </em>from a newcomer to the DCU.</p><p>I don't mean that in the Lovecraftian "he's an ancient evil" sort of way, either. The truth is while Metal did invent the Dark Multiverse, it didn't invent the idea of Barbatos. Instead, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and everyone else involved with that series added to a story that has been in progress for almost thirty years, dating all the way back to the early ’90s. And if you thought Barbatos was weird and scary <em>now, </em>just wait until you learn about his history.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/05-MAY/Barbatos_1_5b0712ccb48791.00170971.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1036px;" /></p><p>The first time Barbatos was mentioned in a Batman comic was back in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-452/digital-comic/T0037604525001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz">BATMAN #452,</a> in a Peter Milligan story that—and I'm not making this up—involved none other than Thomas Jefferson (yes, the <em>Hamilton </em>villain) coming together with a cabal of other historical figures to summon a demon. (See, Lin-Manuel Miranda KNOWS!!!) Named "Barbathos" in the story, the demon was supposed to be a sort of giant bat creature that could not be controlled without a sacrifice. In the present day, the Riddler uncovers the records of the summoning and becomes obsessed with completing it.</p><p>I’m sure Ed’s friends probably thought he’d finally slipped from being a crazed genius to just plain crazed, but the Riddler wasn't crazy. Jefferson and his followers really <em>had </em>summoned a demon and trapped it in Gotham. It was slowly revealed that Barbatos's influence in Gotham had, in effect, crafted it into the city it is today. It even implied that its powers had orchestrated the Wayne family tragedy that set Bruce down his path to becoming the Bat, almost as a sort of "avatar" of Barbatos himself.</p><p>For as revelatory as that moment may sound, it didn't actually make a huge impact on Batman's stories in the following years. If you stay in Gotham long enough, even the idea of an ancient demon summoned by a former president pushing your city towards darkness doesn't seem all that out of the ordinary, apparently. Also, this was a time when DC's continuity and timeline were in flux following the events of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and the approach of ZERO HOUR, so Bruce certainly had more things to worry about.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/05-MAY/Barbatos_3_5b0717203a5231.92767955.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>Barbatos faded into relative obscurity for a while, until the rise and subsequent fallout of Grant Morrison’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Final-Crisis-New-Edition/digital-comic/T1220300018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy">FINAL CRISIS.</a> After "dying" during the Crisis, Bruce found himself unstuck in time and launched through the past pursued by a monstrous weapon of Darkseid's creation called the "Hyper-Adaptor," which in all the time-traveling shenanigans was also revealed to be an aspect (or maybe even the inadvertent creator) of Barbatos back in the past. The specifics are left pretty ambiguous and open ended, which probably isn't surprising all things considered. An ancient evil mixed with the technology and power of Darkseid is a pretty potent mix.</p><p>Across all of the overlapping timelines, Barbatos even became the fixation of one of Bruce's ancestors, a man who would eventually become known as the evil Dr. Simon Hurt. Dr. Hurt went on to become a real thorn in the side of Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne, both while they worked as Batman and Robin during Bruce’s death and also during the Rebirth era, when he teamed up with Professor Pyg to continue working on his Barbatos obsession in the present day. You can read <em>that</em> whole story in the ominously named <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Nightwing-2016-Vol-3-Nightwing-Must-Die/digital-comic/T1730500018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw">NIGHTWING VOL. 3: NIGHTWING MUST DIE.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2018/05-MAY/DrHurt3_5b0713e4a184f6.96749126.jpg" style="width: 699px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>Since then, the endless looming power of Barbatos and his relationship to both Batman and Gotham City itself has been threading through the background of the DC Universe. He's evolved into a sort of demonic boogeyman, always just out of reach and just out of sight but never really gone.</p><p>Now that you’ve read Metal, or if you’re planning on reading it when the collection is released next month, it’s a great time to start exploring these threads, both old and new. When you appreciate how long ago these seeds were planted, and how Metal really brings them all to a head, it enhances Snyder and Capullo’s already pretty epic story immensely. Even better, it’s easy to do. Just pick up <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Dark-Days-The-Road-to-Metal/digital-comic/T1789100018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9pdGVtU2xpZGVy">DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL,</a> which gathers up the clues and starts to pour fuel into the fires. This new collection actually includes issues from Final Crisis, BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE and NIGHTWING that touch on everything I mention above, along with the two “Dark Days” prequel comics that were released prior to Metal. Together, they show that the seeds of the DCU’s recent events were planted quite a while ago, and that Barbatos has been waiting for this moment for a long, long time.</p><p><br /><em><a href="/graphic-novels/dark-nights-metal-2017/dark-days-the-road-to-metal" target="_blank">DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL</a> by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr. and more is now available in print <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Dark-Days-The-Road-to-Metal/digital-comic/T1789100018301?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Db2xsZWN0ZWRFZGl0aW9ucw" target="_blank">and as a digital download.</a> Look for the deluxe graphic novel collection of <a href="/graphic-novels/dark-nights-metal-2017/dark-nights-metal" target="_blank">DARK NIGHTS: METAL</a> everywhere on June 12, 2018.</em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/barbatos" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbatos</a>, <a href="/tags/history-of-barbatos" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">history of barbatos</a>, <a href="/tags/who-is-barbatos" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who is barbatos?</a>, <a href="/tags/barbatos-in-comics" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbatos in comics</a>, <a href="/tags/metal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">metal</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-nights-metal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark nights: metal</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-nights" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Dark Nights</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-days" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DARK DAYS</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-days-the-road-to-metal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark days: the road to metal</a>, <a href="/tags/road-to-metal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">road to metal</a>, <a href="/tags/beginning-of-barbatos" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">beginning of barbatos</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/metal-villain" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">metal villain</a>, <a href="/tags/metal-demon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">metal demon</a>, <a href="/tags/scott-snyder-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">scott snyder</a>, <a href="/tags/greg-capullo" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Greg Capullo</a>, <a href="/tags/peter-milligan-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">peter milligan</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-seeley" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Tim Seeley</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-league-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Justice League</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/thomas-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">thomas wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/thomas-jefferson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Thomas Jefferson</a>, <a href="/tags/final-crisis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Final Crisis</a>, <a href="/tags/darkseid" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">darkseid</a>, <a href="/tags/hyper-adaptor" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">hyper-adaptor</a>, <a href="/tags/return-of-bruce-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">return of bruce wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing-must-die" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing must die</a>, <a href="/tags/doctor-hurt" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">doctor hurt</a>, <a href="/tags/dr-hurt" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dr. hurt</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-universe-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc universe</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/meg-downey" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">meg downey</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/05/25/the-road-to-metal-barbatos-begins" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Road to Metal: Barbatos Begins" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 25 May 2018 17:00:00 +0000 Meg Downey 439599 at /blog/2018/05/25/the-road-to-metal-barbatos-begins#comments Who is Batman's Greatest Legacy? /blog/2017/12/19/who-is-batmans-greatest-legacy <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Who is Batman&#039;s Greatest Legacy?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Ashley V. Robinson</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>I kid you not when I confess that Robin has been, and always will be, my favorite comic book character of all time. In the same way that I love the idea of Alfred as Bruce’s surrogate parent in the wake of Thomas and Martha’s death, I adore even more that Bruce turned around and accidentally found himself the adopted parent (sometimes legally, sometimes spiritually), of a gaggle of wayward children. I have a vested interest in the power of Batman’s legacy and which of Batman’s sidekicks turned out to be the biggest success. That is, if anyone who chooses to spend their life fighting crime outside the law wearing a themed costume can truly be deemed a success. (Though I’ll leave that argument for the psychologists out there. For the sake of this article, it’s the EPITOME of success!)</p><div><p>Right off the bat (pun intended), we have to table Jason Todd and probably Tim Drake for similar reasons. Both boys died while working underneath the Bat family umbrella, and the former has never truly recovered from the ordeal—to the point where Jason modelled himself as the Batman-with-a-gun, which is utterly antithetical to everything the Batman of the modern age stands for.</p><p>As for Tim, the full extent of his time with Mr. Oz remains to be seen, though if the revelations about his future that were revealed in <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Detective-24ֱ-2016-965/digital-comic/T1654109655001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">DETECTIVE COMICS’ excellent “A Lonely Place of Living”</a> storyline actually come to pass, he may wind up being a bigger albatross around Bruce’s neck than Jason.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/BMROB_16_14_600_5a387d9ae724e0.21418095.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 911px;" /></p><p>There’s probably a case to be made for Damian Wayne being a powerful accomplishment, but since he stands as a cautionary tale for what Bruce Wayne might have been in the absence of Alfred, I’m going to table him as well. Duke is tabled by default because he’s just too green to the continuity to have a standing chance, though let it stand for the record that I do adore Duke and am beyond excited to see what the world has in store for Signal!</p><p>On the female side of things, Stephanie Brown is out of the running because Spoiler has oscillated between being allied with Batman and running around on her own, and she was only Batgirl for a short period of time (and Robin for even shorter than that). The same goes for Helena (be she Bertinelli or Wayne). I could have made a case for Cassandra Cain had she not recently been a villain before reforming her ways and returning to the fold as Orphan. I also think Barbara Gordon is out of the running because, particularly during her tenure as Oracle when she was gathering intelligence for the Justice League, I believe she actually transcends her role as a member of the Bat family and has created a greater impact in the larger DC Universe than the corner of it she was created for.</p><p>In short, Barbara deserves her own shelf, not simply a prominent place on Bruce’s.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/NightwingReb_5a3965d11b68f0.93228850.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 924px;" /></p><p>So, let’s talk about Dick Grayson! Without a doubt there is a case to be made for Richard John Grayson as Batman’s greatest legacy. As Nightwing he stands on his own as a powerful and impactful superhero who can stand toe-to-toe with his mentor or any other member of the Justice League, for that matter. Plus, Nightwing has led the Justice League in the past, and with Superman’s blessing! That is a tiny club of characters to belong to and not an unpowerful one. On top of that, whether it is because of Bruce or in spite of him, Dick Grayson is one of the nicest, kindest characters to ever come out of the DCU (and certainly out of the Bat family), which makes him one of the most accessible characters. He’s the type of character that, as a reader, you feel could be your friend. He’s someone who would have your back if a psychotic villain ever threw you off a rooftop, and that is a tremendously powerful character trait that, I will contend, no other Batman legacy character has ever possessed.</p></div><p>On the heels of all this praise for Dick Grayson, however, I also want to tip my domino mask to Carrie Kelley. There are probably readers that are going to want to discount Carrie Kelley’s contribution as a character and a member of the Bat-fam because she technically exists in an alternate universe (even though she was introduced in the New 52 and was recently teased in last month’s <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-2016-Annual-2/digital-comic/T1705800025001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9SZWNlbnRBZGRpdGlvbnM" target="_blank">BATMAN ANNUAL #2</a>), and is largely remembered for her legacy in a single story. That may be true, but <a href="https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Returns/digital-comic/T0110300018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS</a> is one of the single most epic and impactful Batman stories ever told, and as far as I’m concerned the events that take place in those pages should be regarded with more weight than your typical Batman standalone.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/CarrieKelley_5a387e095c9bc3.92191720.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 919px;" /></p><p>In that story, Carrie Kelley not only revives the legacy of Robin—the single most iconic legacy character ever created—but like Dick Grayson, Carrie is able to crack the sheet of ice that had spent years hardening around Bruce Wayne’s heart. It’s the emotional impact of her character that allows her to stand toe-to-toe with Dick Grayson when it comes to the impact she’s had on Bruce Wayne.</p><p>On top of that, Carrie saved Batman’s life twice and was able to hold off no less than Superman in order to allow Batman to take down the Man of Steel. I’ll leave aside, for the sake of space, the number of other foes Carrie’s Robin single-handedly fought with only the power of a slingshot.</p><p>Plus… much like the original Robin, Carrie Kelley has also spent a stint as the vigilante known as Batman and she wasn’t even half-bad at the job.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/12-DEC/dkcover%5B3%5D_BabsTarr_5a387e28c9ac57.64792251.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 911px;" /></p><p>I guess what this article boils down to is my deep, deep need for both of the most wonderful Robins to team up and take down some evildoers together. Who else would love to read that story? I can’t be the only one!</p><p>In the comments section below I would love to know who you think Batman’s greatest legacy is, and be sure to show your work!<br /> </p><p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Ashley V. Robinson covers the DCU for DC24ֱ.com and The Flash as a part of </em><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2017/10/09/the-dctv-couch-club-is-back" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>the #DCTV Couch Club.</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> You can find her on Twitter at </em><a href="https://twitter.com/AshleyVRobinson" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>@AshleyVRobinson</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> and on </em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Jawiin" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;" target="_blank"><em>the Jawiin YouTube channel.</em></a><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"> </em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batmans-legacy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman&#039;s legacy</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/whos-the-best-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who&#039;s the best robin?</a>, <a href="/tags/whos-the-best-batman-sidekick" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who&#039;s the best batman sidekick</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-legacy-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman legacy</a>, <a href="/tags/who-is-batmans-legacy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who is batman&#039;s legacy?</a>, <a href="/tags/whos-batmans-best-legacy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">who&#039;s batman&#039;s best legacy?</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/oracle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">oracle</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/damian-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">damian wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/red-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red robin</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-drake" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim drake</a>, <a href="/tags/stephanie-brown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">stephanie brown</a>, <a href="/tags/spoiler" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">spoiler</a>, <a href="/tags/cassandra-cain" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cassandra Cain</a>, <a href="/tags/orphan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">orphan</a>, <a href="/tags/duke-thomas" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">duke thomas</a>, <a href="/tags/signal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">signal</a>, <a href="/tags/carrie-kelley" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">carrie kelley</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-knight-returns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark knight returns</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2017/12/19/who-is-batmans-greatest-legacy" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Who is Batman&#039;s Greatest Legacy?" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000 Ashley V. Robinson 436612 at /blog/2017/12/19/who-is-batmans-greatest-legacy#comments Jason's Picks: Three Perfect Team-Ups /blog/2017/11/02/jasons-picks-three-perfect-team-ups <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Jason&#039;s Picks: Three Perfect Team-Ups</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Jason Inman</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Team-ups are one of the cornerstones of this medium that we all love. Whether that team-up happens between father and son, hero and sidekick or vigilante and villain, exploring these relationships can push open new doors of storytelling and adventures. Let’s explore that theme in all of these DC collected editions that you should pick up this month.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-and-2011/batman-and-robin-by-peter-j-tomasi-and-patrick-gleason-omnibus" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/10-OCT/BMRB_PTPG_OMNI_DJ_REV_600_59fa6f57929f49.36554714.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 911px;" /></a></p><h2><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-and-2011/batman-and-robin-by-peter-j-tomasi-and-patrick-gleason-omnibus" target="_blank">BATMAN AND ROBIN BY PETER J. TOMASI AND PATRICK GLEASON OMNIBUS</a></h2><p>Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are making waves on SUPERMAN in DC Rebirth. By telling the story of the new Superboy and his developing powers, the Superman title has become a comic that transcends normal serialized storytelling. But it’s not the first time this amazing creative team has done that. Let me introduce you to their Batman and Robin series.</p><p>This is the series that tells the story of Batman and Robin or Bruce and Damian Wayne, super hero father and son. It serves as the dark companion to the current Superman title as family is the main motif that stretches throughout this entire omnibus that collects over 50 issues! This idea of family is explored in several creative ways. From Damian wanting to replace Batman one day, to the idea that all the Robins are brothers, to Alfred serving as the big grandfather that sits watch over all these super hero kids. Batman and Robin is one of the most consistent and powerful super hero books of the last ten years.</p><p>It’s one of my personal beliefs that DC should always have a book titled Batman and Robin in its line. They were the first super hero duo, and there’s something so eternal and transcendent about that name. I bet there isn’t a single person in the world that hasn’t heard of Batman and Robin. This is the book that picked up the torch of that title and placed it even higher than anyone thought it could go. This is one my favorite super hero series of all time. Pick up this omnibus and I dare you to not fall in love with the super hero family that lives inside its pages.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/superman-2016/superman-vol-4-black-dawn" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/10-OCT/SMBD_v4-%28Cover%29_600_59fa6f9f90c625.29613837.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 923px;" /></a></p><h2><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/superman-2016/superman-vol-4-black-dawn" target="_blank">SUPERMAN VOL. 4: BLACK DAWN</a></h2><p>Remember above how I said creators Patrick Gleason and Peter Tomasi are creating a stellar run on Superman? Well, here is the fourth collection in this Man of Steel run that will likely be remembered for years. A villain from Superman’s past returns, but not to vex Superman. He’s back to corrupt his son! Plus, Batman and Robin make a cameo in this book!</p><p>Several years ago, Joe Kelly wrote a stellar Superman story entitled “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” This story had villain Manchester Black confront Superman on his hokey ideals and dated super heroics. Thankfully, this collected edition returns Manchester Black to the top of Superman’s rogues gallery by having him face off with Superman about the morals and practices of raising a new super hero, his son, Jon.</p><p>Superman Vol. 4 allows us to view a big step in Jon’s life, which allows him to further mature his super hero identity, including one scene that literally made me cheer out loud when it happened. Jon is a unique super hero in the Superman family. He doesn’t have a farmer for a dad, he has the world’s best super hero to guide him. But it’s hard not to be tempted when the leather-clad cool guy walks into town and shows you a better way. This book collects some great Superman moments that you should not miss if you are a DC fan, especially if you are, like me, a fan of the Super Sons.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-hush-15th-anniversary-deluxe-edition" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2017/10-OCT/BMHUSH15-%28Cover%29_600_59fa6fcaccfa35.31097058.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 925px;" /></a></p><h2><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/batman-1940/batman-hush-15th-anniversary-deluxe-edition" target="_blank">BATMAN: HUSH 15<sup>TH</sup> ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION</a></h2><p>I can still remember hearing the announcement that Jim Lee was going to be drawing Batman for twelve issues. I was a huge Jim Lee fan, still am in fact. If Jim draws a book, I buy it. From Deathblow to Wildcats, my wallet flew open faster than a batarang thrown by Batman. This magnificent run managed to do something that many modern comic storylines are incapable of, shaking up the status quo while delivering a tense emotional payoff. Batman: Hush pulls off both.</p><p>This is the Batman collection that you can give to any comic fan. It features the greatest hits of Batman’s world melded with a world-shaking mystery. Batman and Catwoman begin dating? Happens in here. Jason Todd comes back from the grave? Uh huh. A mysterious villain from Bruce Wayne’s childhood plagues Gotham. It’s in here. This story never slows down or even allows you to catch your breath as it makes shocking waves in Batman’s world.</p><p>Writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee managed to create a mystery in the comics world 15 years ago that had fans running to their comic book shops. And I was one of them. I still have my single issues of this storyline and I don’t think I will ever part with them. This is a Batman story that matters. It’s a Batman story that changes the character forever and a Batman storyline that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Dark Knight is one of the greatest characters in comics. At 15 years, Batman: Hush still looks good, and I think we’ll still be talking about it when its 50th birthday comes around too.</p><p>So that’s it! Those are my DC graphic novel picks for November! Did you notice that Batman and Robin make a little appearance in every one? So, run down to your local comic book store and get them all, bat fans!</p><p></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/jasons-picks" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason&#039;s picks</a>, <a href="/tags/superman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Superman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman: Hush</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-hush-15th-anniversary" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman: hush 15th anniversary</a>, <a href="/tags/jim-lee-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jim Lee</a>, <a href="/tags/jeph-loeb-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jeph loeb</a>, <a href="/tags/peter-j-tomasi" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">peter j. tomasi</a>, <a href="/tags/patrick-gleason" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">patrick gleason</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC 24ֱ</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-graphic-novels" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc graphic novels</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-collections" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc collections</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-trade-paperback" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc trade paperback</a>, <a href="/tags/top-three-dc-graphic-novels" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">top three dc graphic novels</a>, <a href="/tags/top-3-dc-graphic-novels" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">top 3 dc graphic novels</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-inman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason inman</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-inman-top-three" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason inman top three</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2017/11/02/jasons-picks-three-perfect-team-ups" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Jason&#039;s Picks: Three Perfect Team-Ups" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000 Jason Inman 435535 at Batman Day: Batman Goes 8-Bit! /blog/2015/09/18/batman-day-batman-goes-8-bit <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Batman Day: Batman Goes 8-Bit!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, September 18, 2015 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Here at DC24ֱ.com, we’re unabashedly old school when it comes to our gaming. Many of us are old enough to remember when game controllers had a whole four buttons (not counting the gamepad) and were shaped like small bricks. In fact, the only thing that may be cooler than classic videogames is Batman. And seeing how Batman Day is just about a week away now…well, there seemed like no better time to bring a little 8-Bit creativity to the world of the Dark Knight.</p><p>This week, we debuted three 8-Bit Batman Day GIFs on our Instagram, but if you missed any of them, you’ll find all three of the GIFs below. Feel free to grab them and share them on your personal accounts to help us spread the word about Batman Day…bit by bit.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/09-SEP/Batman_8Bit_1stEdition_FINAL_v2_55fb5536247e19.25064732.gif" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/09-SEP/Batman_8Bit_DKR_FINAL_v2_55fb55490b97c8.07075401.gif" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/09-SEP/Batman_8Bit_Spotlight_FINAL_v2_55fb555a610608.23533034.gif" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/8-bit" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">8-bit</a>, <a href="/tags/8-bit-batman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">8-bit batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-gifs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman gifs</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-gifs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc gifs</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-day" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman Day</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/the-dark-knight-returns" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the dark knight returns</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2015/09/18/batman-day-batman-goes-8-bit" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Batman Day: Batman Goes 8-Bit!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 377706 at The Roundup: You Must Read These 24ֱ! (Just Not The Haunted One...) /blog/2018/10/30/the-roundup-you-must-read-these-comics-just-not-the-haunted-one <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Roundup: You Must Read These 24ֱ! (Just Not The Haunted One...)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Clark Bull</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/03-MAR/MULTIVUC_Cv1_ds_55116d0d158466.27626203.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 923px;" /></p><p>The DC Entertainment website ran exclusive previews of <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/03/23/preview-monday-star-spangled-war-stories-featuring-gi-zombie-8-and-effigy-3">STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #8</a> and <a href="http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2015/03/23/preview-monday-star-spangled-war-stories-featuring-gi-zombie-8-and-effigy-3">EFFIGY #3</a>.</p><p>MAN CAVE DAILY ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2015/03/19/lava-and-let-lava-in-aquaman-40/">AQUAMAN #40.</a></p><p>COMIC VINE ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.comicvine.com/articles/exclusive-preview-arkham-manor-6/1100-151748/">ARKHAM MANOR #6</a>.</p><p>MULTIVERSITY COMICS ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://multiversitycomics.com/previews/exclusive-robin-takes-flight-in-batman-and-robin-40-preview/">BATMAN AND ROBIN #40</a>.</p><p>MTV ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/2111891/exclusive-batman-eternal-51/">BATMAN ETERNAL #51</a>.</p><p>WASHINGTON POST COMIC RIFFS ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/03/23/first-look-exclusive-as-teams-catwoman-runs-ends-a-familiar-power-suit-returns/">CATWOMAN #40</a>.</p><p>COMIC VINE ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.comicvine.com/articles/exclusive-preview-deathstroke-6/1100-151762/">DEATHSTROKE #6</a>.</p><p>USA TODAY ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2015/03/23/earth-2-worlds-end-exclusive-preview/70327382/">EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #25</a>.</p><p>NEWSARAMA ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/23862-killer-crime-at-a-fan-con-in-effigy-3-exclusive-preview.html">EFFIGY #3</a>.</p><p>COMICBOOK.COM ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://comicbook.com/2015/03/20/exclusive-dc-comics-preview-gotham-academy-6---has-batman-met-hi/">GOTHAM ACADEMY #6</a>.</p><p>13<sup>th</sup> DIMENSION ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://13thdimension.com/exclusive-preview-gotham-by-midnight-5/">GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #5</a>.</p><p>GOOD COMICS FOR KIDS ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids/2015/03/21/exclusive-preview-he-man-eternity-war-4/">HE-MAN: ETERNITY WAR #4</a>.</p><p>NEWSARAMA ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/23884-dan-didio-s-infinity-man-and-the-forever-people-signs-off.html">INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #9</a>.</p><p>GAMMA SQUAD ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/2015/03/justice-league-dark/">JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #40</a>.</p><p>COMICOSITY ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.comicosity.com/exclusive-preview-red-lanterns-40/">RED LANTERNS #40</a>.</p><p>THE MARY SUE ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.themarysue.com/exclusive-christy-marx-black-canary-secret-origins-11/">SECRET ORIGINS #11</a>.</p><p>BLOODY DISGUSTING ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3337213/exclusive-comic-preview-sinestro-breaks-future-sinestro-11/">SINESTRO #11</a>.</p><p>THE A.V.CLUB ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.avclub.com/article/exclusive-dc-preview-new-fighter-enters-bleak-dyst-216924">SUICIDERS #2</a>.</p><p>COMIC BOOK RESOURCES ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/the-flash-40-dc-comics-2015">THE FLASH #40</a>.</p><p>PASTE ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/03/exclusive-preview-interview-grant-morrison-unleash.html">THE MULTIVERSITY: ULTRA COMICS #1</a>.</p><p>CRAVE ONLINE ran an exclusive preview of <a href="http://www.craveonline.com/comics/previews/838301-exclusive-preview-the-new-52-futures-end-47">THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #47</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2015/03-MAR/CTW_Cv40_ds_55116b04704040.31913438.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 923px;" /></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/the-roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/tuesday-roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tuesday roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC 24ֱ</a>, <a href="/tags/vertigo-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">vertigo</a>, <a href="/tags/catwoman" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">catwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/the-multiversity" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The multiversity</a>, <a href="/tags/gotham-academy" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">GOTHAM ACADEMY</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-eternal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman Eternal</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/10/30/the-roundup-you-must-read-these-comics-just-not-the-haunted-one" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Roundup: You Must Read These 24ֱ! (Just Not The Haunted One...)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000 Clark Bull 357926 at This Just Happened: Robin Rises! Batman Falls?! /blog/2014/12/19/this-just-happened-robin-rises-batman-falls <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>This Just Happened: Robin Rises! Batman Falls?!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Sara Ruiz</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, December 19, 2014 - 09:27</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p><strong>SPOILER ALERT: </strong>If you have not read <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-and-2011/batman-and-robin-37">BATMAN AND ROBIN #37</a> yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).</p><p>In <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-and-2011/batman-and-robin-37">BATMAN AND ROBIN #37</a>, the penultimate issue of ROBIN RISES!, there is one last obstacle blocking Bruce Wayne’s quest to bring Damian back from the dead: Darkseid! Back in <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/robin-rises-omega-2014/robin-rises-omega-1">ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1</a>, Batman made a vow to <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/07/18/this-just-happened-robin-rises">bring back Robin alive</a> – and the quest took him all the way to Apokolips!</p><p>In this epic stand-off between good and evil, Darkseid pushes Batman, in his Hellbat suit, to the brink of destruction as Batman attempts to secure Damian’s sarcophagus and escape Darkseid’s rampage. After capturing the omega beams necessary to heal the chaos shard, Batman has no other choice but to divert all power of his Hellbat suit, which draws from the wearer’s metabolism for energy, to flee the scene with his dead son’s coffin.</p><p>Though the power surge rescues Batman from Darkseid, the Hellbat suit has left Bruce with only a few minutes before the suit implodes!</p><p>Ignoring the warning alerts, Batman uses his last moments to resurrect Damian using the chaos shard…. And it works! Robin Rises!</p><p>But as Damian awakes, Bruce can’t escape the turmoil he put his body through…</p><p>Just moments after reuniting and their emotional father-son embrace, see below as Bruce collapses! What does this mean? Has Batman sacrificed himself for his son? Sound off in the comments below!</p><p><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-and-2011/batman-and-robin-37">BATMAN AND ROBIN #37</a>, written by Peter Tomasi and illustrated by Patrick Gleason, is available in stores now. And look <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/robin-rises-alpha-2014/robin-rises-alpha-1">ROBIN RISES: ALPHA #1</a>, the final chapter in ROBIN RISES!, when it hit shelves next Wednesday.</p><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/2014/12-DEC/BMROB_37_20_blog_54945f3baa7367.39114897.jpg" alt="" width="580" height="892" /></p><p><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/2014/12-DEC/BMROB_37_24_blog_54945f6fa46b12.85420284.jpg" alt="" width="580" height="892" /></p><p> </p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/this-just-happened" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">this just happened</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2014/12/19/this-just-happened-robin-rises-batman-falls" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="This Just Happened: Robin Rises! Batman Falls?!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:27:12 +0000 Sara Ruiz 350656 at The Roundup: Batman vs. Darkseid?!?! /blog/2018/10/30/the-roundup-batman-vs-darkseid <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>The Roundup: Batman vs. Darkseid?!?!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The temperature may be dropping outside, but things are sure heating up at your local comic shop, especially if you’re a DC 24ֱ fan. This pre-Christmas week brings with it a whole bunch of holiday treats, including some highly anticipated installments from a few of our heavy hitters.</p><p>To start, this Wednesday brings with it a new issue of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity. This week we visit Earth-5, known throughout the Multiverse as “Thunderworld.” Written by Morrison and drawn by Batgirl’s Cameron Stewart, it’s a must, MUST read for all SHAZAM! fans. Beginning with a look at the Rock of Eternity, and ending with—well, we’ll let you discover that yourself, it’s a throwback to the fun, lighthearted comic books of days past, channeled through Morrison’s always brilliant sensibilities. As for Stewart, well, he’s more than up to the task…</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/sites/default/files/imce/2014/12-DEC/MULTIVERSITY_THUNDERWORLD_1_548f6aa10d9b52.12275869.jpg" alt="" height="911" width="600" /></p><p>This week’s also a huge week for Batman fans! Not only can they look forward to the most recent chapter of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Endgame” in <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-2011/batman-37">BATMAN #37</a>, but over in Batman and Robin, the Dark Knight goes toe-to-toe with arguably the most formidable villain in the entire DC Universe: Darkseid! Seriously, it takes a lot for Batman to be considered the underdog in a fight, but the Vegas odds have to be on the New God here, right? Either way, it’s going to be a fight for the ages, and Batman certainly has something to fight for—the life of his son Damian. Yes, Robin Rises this month, and it all starts in <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/batman-and-2011/batman-and-robin-37">BATMAN AND ROBIN #37</a>.</p><p>Finally, things are looking pretty darn bleak in the pages of Justice League these days, what with the Amazo virus killing people and all. Not only have several members of the League contracted the virus, but the whole thing was created by one of their own. (This is why you don’t let one of the most nefarious, ruthless men in the world join the Justice League, people!) Something tells us this one isn’t going to end well for Lex Luthor. At the very least, it seems pretty certain that everything’s going to change before this gripping storyline is through. Be sure to pick up the latest chapter of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok’s “The Amazo Virus” in <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/comics/justice-league-2011/justice-league-37">JUSTICE LEAGUE #37</a> this week.</p><p>All that, plus new issues of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Overture (!!!), Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batman/Superman, The Kitchen, Teen Titans, Batman Eternal and more. Look for previews for all of these great comic below…</p><p><a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/12/exclusive-preview-the-multiversity-thunderworld-adventures-1">IGN</a> ran an exclusive preview of THE MULTIVERSITY: THUNDERWORLD ADVENTURES #1</p><p><a href="http://www.nerdist.com/2014/12/exclusive-dc-comics-batman-37-preview-offers-contagion-and-chaos/">NERDIST</a> ran an exclusive preview of BATMAN #37</p><p><a href="http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&amp;id=25110">COMIC BOOK RESOURCES</a> ran an exclusive preview of BATMAN AND ROBIN #37</p><p><a href="http://www.hitfix.com/news/exclusive-the-most-deadly-enemy-comes-from-within-in-justice-league-37">HITFIX</a> ran an exclusive preview of JUSTICE LEAGUE #37</p><p><a href="http://comicbook.com/2014/12/11/exclusive-dc-comics-preview-batman-eternal-37/">COMICBOOK.COM</a> ran an exclusive preview of BATMAN ETERNAL #37</p><p><a href="http://www.aintitcool.com/node/69788">AIN’T IT COOL NEWS</a> ran an exclusive preview of BATMAN/SUPERMAN #17</p><p><a href="http://www.themarysue.com/exclusive-catwoman-37/">THE MARY SUE</a> ran an exclusive preview of CATWOMAN #37</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152894034458485.1073741914.11648563484&amp;type=1">DC COMICS’ FACEBOOK</a> ran an exclusive preview of EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #11</p><p><a href="http://www.comicvine.com/articles/exclusive-preview-green-lantern-new-guardians-37-g/1100-150657/">COMIC VINE</a> ran an exclusive preview of GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #37</p><p><a href="http://www.comicosity.com/exclusive-preview-red-hood-and-the-outlaws-37/">COMICOSITY</a> ran an exclusive preview of RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #37</p><p>USA TODAY ran an exclusive preview of SUPERGIRL #37 (Link coming soon!)</p><p><a href="http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/2014/12/the-titans-get-sneaky-in-our-exclusive-preview-of-teen-titans-5/">GAMMA SQUAD</a> ran an exclusive preview of TEEN TITANS #5</p><p><a href="http://www.avclub.com/article/exclusive-dc-preview-kitchen-introduces-3-women-re-212944">THE A.V. CLUB</a> ran an exclusive preview of THE KITCHEN #2</p><p><a href="http://www.craveonline.com/comics/previews/800547-exclusive-preview-new-52-futures-end-33">CRAVE ONLINE</a> ran an exclusive preview of THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #33</p><p><a href="http://shelf-life.ew.com/2014/12/16/neil-gaiman-and-j-h-williams-iii-talk-morpheus-father-and-this-weeks-sandman-overture/" target="_blank">ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY</a> ran an exclusive preview of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #4</p><p><a href="http://13thdimension.com/exclusive-preview-trinity-of-sin-3/">13<sup>th</sup> DIMENSION</a> ran an exclusive preview of TRINITY OF SIN #3</p><p><a href="http://www.newsarama.com/22988-dc-preview-it-s-the-finch-s-second-at-bat-on-wonder-woman-37.html">NEWSARAMA</a> ran an exclusive preview of WONDER WOMAN #37</p><p><a href="http://blogs.slj.com/goodcomicsforkids/2014/12/13/exclusive-preview-teen-titans-go-7/">GOOD COMICS FOR KIDS</a> ran an exclusive preview of TEEN TITANS GO! #7</p><p>The DC Entertainment website ran exclusive previews of <a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/12/15/preview-monday-batwoman-37-and-fables-147">BATWOMAN #37</a> and <a href="http://www.vertigocomics.com/blog/2014/12/15/preview-monday-batwoman-37-and-fables-147">FABLES #147</a></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/tuesday-roundup" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tuesday roundup</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-comics-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">DC 24ֱ</a>, <a href="/tags/vertigo-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">vertigo</a>, <a href="/tags/multiversity" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Multiversity</a>, <a href="/tags/grant-morrison-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">grant morrison</a>, <a href="/tags/cameron-stewart-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">cameron stewart</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/batman-and-robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batman and robin</a>, <a href="/tags/darkseid" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">darkseid</a>, <a href="/tags/peter-j-tomasi" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">peter j. tomasi</a>, <a href="/tags/justice-league-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Justice League</a>, <a href="/tags/amazo-virus" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Amazo Virus</a>, <a href="/tags/geoff-johns-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">geoff johns</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-fabok" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Jason Fabok</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2018/10/30/the-roundup-batman-vs-darkseid" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="The Roundup: Batman vs. Darkseid?!?!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 349916 at