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Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #166

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2003
By: Ray Tate

"Don't Blink" Part Three

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Artists: Val Semeiks(p), Randy Green(i), James Sinclair(c)

If Fox had continued to show Batman the Animated Series at night, Dwayne McDuffie's "Don't Blink" would have made a fine addition to a canon aimed at an adult audience. The subject matter--black market baby and child selling--is well outside the realm of even the most precocious eight-year olds, but adults and perhaps a few mature adolescents would be astonished over this fast paced masterful sequel to the rightfully critically acclaimed "Blink."

Needless to say, Mr. McDuffie's Legends Batman is congruent with his animated counterpart. Personable yet mysterious, cunning, resourceful and simply cool, Batman in Mr. McDuffie's hands is all these things and more. This multidimensional hero whose brisk narration travels beautifully through the story is a hero who deserves a Danny Elfman or Shirley Walker theme to accompany his swift movements.

Val Semeiks and company turns in awesome panels of Batman in constant fluid motion. The opening splash page comes at you like a 3-D image and kicks off a precision action sequence that just exudes a feeling of Batman. Best of all this feeling never stops. You turn the pages and gasp at his feats of strength, speed and escape, not to mention "a matchless knowledge of the city" to quote Mr. Byrne.

Kudos must also be given to unsung hero Kurt Hathaway who is no mean letterer. His decision to add sound effects or remain silent creates an impact. We can for instance imagine how a breaking door may sound, but the chok of a batarang and choom of its explosion exhibits fine foley engineering.

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