Writer: Dan Slott and Ty Templeton
Artists: Ty Templeton, Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty
If you want a universally appealing Batman story for a nice price, true to the character, and entertaining at the same time, you may want to pick up Batman Adventures. You'll see the reason why you should be caught with an All Ages book. Dan Slott and Ty Templeton truly remind us who Batman is, taking him back to the days before he was just known as a dark loner who likes to complain to readers about his troubled past. There's actually an adventure here, with a host of villains to challenge the Caped Crusader, action and rendering to back it up.
As much as I wish the artwork were a more realistic noir, Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett generally capture the characters in an appropriate way. This is most true of the Penguin, as his villainous flair is clearly shown in his caricature. The artwork does its job, it's pretty ordinary, and suits the book well as an All Ages title.
My fellow reviewer, Ray Tate, often remarks that this book shows the most respect for the Batman character, and I clearly agree with him after reading the title. It's a fast, fun adventure which is not the least bit derivative of Batman's overused aspects. There's even a backup piece here to supplement the story, which you won't find many other places for that price.
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