The Batman And Robin Adventures #20
DC Comics (July, 1997)
“Through The Long Night”
WRITER: Ty Templeton
PENCILER: Brandon Kruse
INKER: Terry Beatty
COLORIST: Linda Medley
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
EDITOR: Scott Peterson
Get your spot in the GCPD pool, because the Dynamic Duo are on a crime-punching spree. There are machine guns loose in Gotham City, and Batman and Robin plan to find them all. With some sold it takes time to wrap them all up, and Bullock had to get twenty in the pool because all the good ones were taken. In the end Bullock shows up at the final buyers of the guns, a gang called the West Side Vampires (oddly for the DCU they aren’t actual vampires). The Caped Crusaders dispatch them and Bullock wins the pool. Now if he can just get one of Batman’s calling cards to prove it.
What they got right: Some of the best superhero stories are not about the heroes but how their existence is treated by others. Here we have a tale where the cops are actually betting on how many bad guys the superheroes will bring in tonight. It adds a bit of fun to what would otherwise be a dry story of Batman and Robin running around Gotham collecting illegally gained firearms and beating up criminals. And Harvey does some police work so that’s good, too.
What they got wrong: I really can’t complain about anything.
Recommendation: While not on my list of all-time favorite Bat-tales I do very much enjoy it and recommend picking it up if you don’t mind a little fun in your Batman or Gotham PD stories.