BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE #14/ Written by ALAN BURNETT & PAUL DINI/ Art by TY TEMPLETON/ Colors by MONICA KUBINA/ Letters by JOSH REED/ Cover by JUSTIN ERICKSON/ Published by DC COMICS
WARNING: This feature contains SPOILERS for the first 13 issues of Batman: The Adventures Continue.
It’s been some time since I reviewed Batman: The Adventures Continue and quite a bit has happened since I did so. A long-running subplot revealed that a mysterious figure shadowing Batman for several issues was Jason Todd – a hereto unknown vigilante who had briefly served as Robin during the gap between the original Batman: The Animated Series and the New Batman Adventures episode “Sins Of The Father,” which introduced the Tim Drake Robin. The comic also introduced the character of Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke; a classic villain never introduced into the DC Animated Universe. Yet for all that has changed, one thing has remained constant; this is a fantastic comic with amazing artwork and solid scripting.
This final chapter of “Red Son Rising” finds the Dark Knight, his Boy Wonder and the Clown Prince of Crime in dire straits, held captive by Jason Todd in his newly adopted identity of the Red Hood. Feeling betrayed by Batman for reasons that are completely different than in the original comics but born of a similar conflict, Todd intends to offer Batman a sadistic choice, forcing him to kill The Joker in order to save his new partner.
The artwork by Ty Templeton is worth the price of admission alone. Templeton is an old hand at writing and drawing these characters, having handled the original Batman: The Animated Series comic and he still emulates Bruce Timm’s original designs perfectly. The colors by Monica Kubina add the perfect sense of depth to the original pencils and inks, with subtle effects like the weak blue light that seems to emanate from the tank holding Robin, faintly lighting the stones around him. The letters by Josh Reed are also well displayed.
Alan Burnett and Paul Dini spin a fantastic story here, with dialogue that sings on the page. There’s a lot in this issue that will pull on the heart strings and offer a few dark chuckles. Fans of the original cartoon will likely hear Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill’s voices as they read this issue.
While it would be better for new readers to go back and read the first 13 issues building up to it, Batman: The Adventures Continue #14 is a good comic. This is everything a Batman story should be and a wonderful continuation of the classic animated series. Here’s hoping this series stays around a while longer.