Batman & Robin Adventures #11

“Did you have garlic for lunch? Like a whole garden?”

The Batman And Robin Adventures #11

October, 1996

“Windows to The Soul”
WRITER: Ty Templeton
FINISHES: Rick Burchett
COLORIST: Roberta Tewes
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
EDITOR: Scott Peterson

A monster is loose in Wayne Manor and the Batcave. That monster is Man-Bat, who through an unexplained reason is Dr. Langstrom again. After a chase, Man-Bat convinces Batman to leave him as he is since he isn’t a threat and gets to decide who he wants to be. Man-Bat now lives in the further caves under Gotham.

What they got right: As a critic it was a decently told story. For the limited space and target age group (this is before DC started dumbing down the DCAU tie-in comics to insult the younger readers) it was suspenseful and interesting. The art was good with some really good shots in there.

What they got wrong: As a fan, however, this issue ticks me off. I don’t care what was going on with Man-Bat in the pages of the regular DC Universe, in the DCAU Kurt and Francine had a happy ending, finally rid of Man-Bats and Woman-Bats. Then suddenly Kurt decided he wanted to be Man-Bat? I know the show bible we’ve been looking at hinted that the antidote might wear off at some point but the show found other ways to bring the character and concept back. It should have been all over, since they were out of angles. As I said, the Langstroms finally escaped the Man-Bat curse but the comic decides “no happily ever after for you” and just has Kurt become Man-Bat again for no reason other than he wanted to. It just feels wrong. Let them be happy in this continuity. And outside of a random comment in a later comic this will never come up again! Man-Bat will never show up or otherwise be mentioned in this series (Templeton is lucky a unmutated Langstrom didn’t show up in the show after this, because the DCAU tie-in comics had a history of screwing that up beyond mullet Superman and full-haired Luthor) so there isn’t even a point to ruining the Langstrom’s happy ending.

Recommendation: My only issues with this…issue is the ruining of the end of the Man-Bat plot that I liked in the cartoon. If that doesn’t bother you then this is a comic worth checking out.

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