The Batman Adventures #1, “Penguin’s Big Score,” October 1992, written by Kelley Puckett, penciled by Ty Templeton
DC launches a comic book companion piece to its super mega hit animated series. Unlike Marvel’s upcoming X-Men Adventures series, this comic mimics the cartoon’s style exactly. Also, why is every kids’ series or TV adaptation stuck with Adventure in the title? When did that become a thing? Right here, with The Batman Adventures?
What the 26 year old thinks: Good. Or about as good as I thought it would be. It doesn’t talk down to children or present a dumbed down story, but it’s nowhere near as complex as what’s been going on in Batman or Detective Comics. And duh, obviously it’s not going to be. It’s for kids. But I’m not even sure that this is as dark as the cartoon it’s based on. This is a good comic, but 26 year old me doesn’t find much rewarding in it outside of being a good time.
What the 8 year old thinks: He thinks that the Batman cartoon is pretty rad AND this is the first Batman comic he’s read that has a recognizable villain in it, so this was a must buy. But again, he just watched Batman outthink and then beat the ever loving crap out of Black Mask’s goons so this seems really neutered (he knows this word because of The Price is Right). Still, that Batman cartoon is really good and this series might be too…
Verdict: "I wish that this jam had a lot more butt-kicking in it, but DUH it was cool!"