The Batman Adventures #34

Batman is now his own nightlight.

The Batman Adventures #34

DC Comics (August, 1995)

“In Memoriam”
WRITER: Kelley Puckett
PENCILER: Mike Parobeck
INKER: Rick Burchett
COLORIST: Rick Taylor
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Darren Vincienzo
EDITOR: Scott Peterson

Even Doctor Strange himself doesn’t know why he’s obsessed with deleting his own memories. And yet he drains his savings and when that still comes up short getting what he needs he turns to theft, using his experiment to zap people’s memories. Even Batman loses 15 minutes, including one of Catwoman’s attempts to woo him. When Batman finds Strange, he puts it together. Strange’s son, David, was shot on New Year’s Day, just as the ball dropped. It’s the memory Strange is trying to remove. But when Catwoman interferes to steal the diamond Strange needs, Batman ends up zapped instead and Strange remembers that night his son died.

What they got right: …is also what they got wrong. I’ll explain in a moment. Strange trying to use science to deal with watching his son die in front of him is certainly a different aspect to at least the TV version of the character. (I admit I don’t know much about the comic version as I’ve never read a story with Strange in the main universe.) It also explains why he was obsessed with the human mind as he was trying to repress or outright eliminate the memory of David. We also meet Hugo’s (I’m assuming ex) wife.

What they got wrong: But I’m not sure he needed that origin. For one thing it’s too close to Batman’s. Also, not every Batman villain has to have some dark past or psychological issue. I know most of them do, but there’s nothing wrong with a little variety to the villains, and this one won’t even be canon to the show as far as I remember.

Recommendation: Going on MY memories this sets up the next issue and what happens to Batman and Catwoman, as well as Hugo Strange. It’s worth a look because the story is done well but otherwise it doesn’t seem otherwise necessary.


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