Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trial | The Adventures of Batman & Robin | vlog #3

Gotham's new DA Janet Van Dorn is out to capture Batman, but both she and him end up captured by a gang of criminals instead. They are soon put on a kangaroo trial by the Joker (the judge), Two-Face (the prosecutor), the Ventriloquist (the bailiff), Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, the Mad Hatter, Killer Croc, the Scarecrow, the Riddler and other criminals. If the defense (Batman and the D.A.) can prove that Batman is not the cause for everyone's turn to crime, they will be set free. When the jury gives the verdict of 'not guilty', the villains have little intention of following through on their deal.
Note: Henry Polic II, the Scarecrow's voice actor, was recuperating from throat surgery during the episode's production, so his character has no dialogue in it.
Originally aired 5/16/1994
Story by Paul Dini & Bruce W. Timm,
Teleplay by Paul Dini
Directed by Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-68-trial

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Bullet for Bullock | The Adventures of Batman & Robin | vlog #2

Someone has put a hit out on Gotham's toughest cop, Harvey Bullock. After surviving several near misses, Bullock realizes he has no choice but to ask his arch-rival Batman to help him discover who is behind the murder attempts. During their investigation, Bullock learns that his gruff and mean-spirited manner has created enemies in the unlikeliest of people. Adapted from a Chuck Dixon story that was published in Detective Comics #651.
Note: Won the 1996 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition.
Originally aired 9/14/1995
DC Comic Book story by Chuck Dixon,
Teleplay by Michael Reaves
Directed by Frank Paur

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-67-bullet-bullock

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Can I read my entire collection?

There's definitely a difference between collecting comics and reading comics. When I first got into the hobby I'd spend hours upon hours reading everything I could get my hands on. It was fascinating exploring the complexities and history of the DC universe. However, as I got older I found myself constantly buying comics just to add to my collection. I'd stack them up in a "to be read" pile, which I'd whittle down slowly, though the process became slower and slower. Eventually, the stack of incoming comics disappeared and I'd file new items away as soon as I got them.

I blame the lack of reading on the Internet… and cable TV… and beer… and girlfriends…. and working a full-time job (not necessarily in that order). None of these things I had to deal with when I first got into comics as a teenager in the early 1990s. Obviously, times change, and I've never stopped attending comic book conventions or going to comic shops, but the rate of my reading definitely declined because I was so preoccupied by those things (and then some). I actually felt guilty or silly for spending so much money on comics in a somewhat futile attempt to "complete" my collection without having read most of the books I bought.
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My entire collection is stored in these DrawerBoxes
While I do have a list of all my individual comic books, I've never actually taken the time to count how many I have. Perhaps there's software available that will do that for you, but I just keep track of my collection through a Microsoft Word document. For the sake of this post I decided to take a census. My comics are housed in "Drawer Boxes" - which are essentially cardboard filing cabinets. I think they're the best way to store your collection, but that's the subject for another blog post.

Anyway, I did a quick count on a few drawers and they hold between 150 and 180 comics per drawer and I have 24 drawers. Assuming an average of 165 per box, that gives me a total of about 4,000 comics. Wow, I never even considered my collection in terms of a number before, let alone a number that high. Plus the fact that's not even including an entire bookshelf of graphic novels and trade paperbacks.
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My graphic novels and trade paperbacks
There was a time when I had considered selling my entire collection since I wasn't reading it. But then a few opportunities opened up to motivate me to not only read, but truly digest the scope of my collection. Firstly, I was given the chance to work from home at night. I work in the IT field and everything can be done remotely. It's rare that I'm swamped with work, so I do have quite a bit of down time. Also, since I work at night, my days are wide open which gives me plenty of time to just sit and read.

Secondly, I was able to contribute to this Times Union blog. Having an audience, especially an interactive audience, makes the experience a lot more fun. It's a great motivator for staying on schedule and putting out new content, as well as hearing different viewpoints and engaging in fun banter. I'm not saying I'm going to blog about every single comic I own, but I would like to keep the readers up to date on how the progress is going every once in a while.

 I find that writing down my thoughts on things like this helps me to remember them better, and they're great for posterity since anyone can browse through the archives and make the old new again. Though coming up with a reasonable pace is a bit challenging. If I were to read just one comic a day it would take me almost 11 YEARS to finish the books I have now. I'm probably going to be acquiring more books over that time, so that's probably not a good pace to keep. Perhaps three day? Four? A dozen?

Next week, I'll continue the discussion about collections as an open thread topic. See you then!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Y The Last Man: Vlog #5 - Ring of Truth

Though it begins with a relative lull (and some sex), the fifth and longest story arc from Y: The Last Man seems to accelerate the comic's already feverish pace. It has been more than two years since a flash plague killed all males except for Yorick Brown. Now he and his monkey; the scientist Alison Mann, whose research might enable keeping future males alive; and agent 355, their escort, have reached California, where the data Mann lost in Boston is backed up. Yorick's sister, Hero, still tracks him and is still, unfortunately, affected by the Daughters of the Amazon brainwashing she underwent that tells her to kill, not save, him. Rogue former colleagues of 355 are after her to get an amulet they believe has special powers, and a ninja is out to steal Yorick's monkey, Ampersand. Flashbacks reveal more about Hero and begin disclosing the fate of Yorick's fiancee in Australia. Oh, and Yorick gets sick with symptoms like those that killed the other males. Busy, busy, white-knuckle stuff: the series just gets better.

Sideshow | The Adventures of Batman & Robin | vlog #1

En route to an upstate prison, Killer Croc escapes and leads Batman on a dangerous chase through the wilderness. After throwing Batman temporarily off his trail, the reptile-man takes refuge with a group of retired circus freaks, and convinces them to help him. When Batman arrives, Croc and the freaks band together to capture him.
Originally aired 5/3/1994
Story by Michael Reaves,
Teleplay by Michael Reaves & Brynne Stephens
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-66-sideshow

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Worry Men | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #65

Wealthy socialite Veronica Vreeland returns from Central America bringing tiny handmade dolls for all her friends. According to native legend, once placed under a pillow the dolls do the sleeper's worrying for them. Unknown to Veronica or her guests, each of the dolls was made by the Mad Hatter, and contains a tiny microchip which plants hypnotic suggestions inside the sleepers' brains.
Originally aired 9/16/1993
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Frank Paur

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-65-worry-men

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Read My Lips | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #64

A brand-new gang has made its debut committing the slickest crimes ever, thanks to the gang leader, Scarface. It's up to Batman to stop Scarface and his "dummy", the Ventriloquist.
Originally aired 5/10/1993
Story by Alan Burnett & Michael Reaves
Teleplay by Joe R. Lansdale
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-64-read-my-lips

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fire From Olympus | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #63

Believing himself to be destined to be a god among mortal men, Maxie Zeus steals an experimental weapon. The mad man desires to use the weapon against the people of Gotham City. Now, Batman must put a stop to Maxie's mad plan against the city he loves.
originally aired 5/24/1993
written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
directed by Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-63-fire-olympus

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Friday, October 25, 2013

His Silicone Soul | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #62

When a Batman impersonator appears in Gotham City, the real Batman deduces that Karl Rossum is somehow involved and confronts the inventor. The other Batman, a duplicate, then shows up and a battle between the two takes place. After the duplicate Batman escapes, it begins its campaign to recreate H.A.R.D.A.C.'s goals of a robotic society.
Originally aired 11/20/1992
Written by Marty Isenberg, Robert N. Skir
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-62-his-silicon-soul
You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Demon's Quest, Part 2 | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #61

After freeing Talia from her father's clutches and escaping from an avalanche, Batman and Robin follow the only clue they have -- the word 'Orpheus'. After discovering that 'Orpheus' is Ra's private satellite that will orbit over the Sahara, the duo travel to the Demon's desert stronghold. There, Batman learns that the satellite is actually a weapon which will explosively destroy all the Lazarus Pits simultaneously, throughout the world, destroying all the life that exists.
Originally aired 5/4/1993
Story by Dennis O'Neil & Len Wein,
Teleplay by Len Wein
Directed by Kevin Altieri

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-61-demons-quest-part-2

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Y The Last Man: Vlog #4 - Safeword

Vaughn and Guerra have crafted a frequently funny, sometimes compelling, postapocalyptic American road story with a twist. A mysterious plague has wiped out every man around the globe, except for one: a sardonic 20-something romantic named Yorick. Poor Yorick, however, has to conceal his identity from man-hating Amazons, renegade separatists and all sorts of other female factions who want to use him for one thing or another. He's on the run with a government agent and a geneticist as they hope to figure out what caused the plague and how Yorick survived. This volume focuses on the character development of Yorick and geneticist Dr. Alison Mann. Vaughn spends three chapters on Yorick's past and present psychosexual traumas, as he encounters a very eccentric therapist; the next three chapters follow Dr. Mann down some dangerous roads. Vaughn is an excellent episodic writer, able to sustain a suspenseful arc of plot, themes and realistic characters from one moment to the next. Guerra's art is unremarkable but competently conveys all kinds of action. Most important, Vaughn makes readers care for his characters. In the tradition of much good sci-fi writing, his fantastic plague backdrop is a very clever way of isolating and expanding on simple human themes of love, loneliness, fear and, of course, gender relations.

The Demon's Quest, Part 1 | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #60

When Robin is mysteriously abducted from his college campus, the Batman begins a fruitless search ... until he is astounded by the sudden appearance in the Batcave of Ra's Al Ghul. Ra's quickly reveals that his daughter, Talia, has been abducted under circumstances similar to Robin's, suggesting that the same persons are responsible. So begins an uneasy truce between the Batman and 'The Demon'.
Originally aired 5/3/1993
Written by Dennis O'Neil
Directed by Kevin Altieri

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-60-demons-quest-part-1

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

What IS comics?

No, that headline is not grammatically incorrect. Well, not if you define "comics" the way I do. I subscribe to Scott McCloud's definition, which he so masterfully laid out in his 1993 opus Understanding Comics:
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Probably the best definition of "comics"
When Anthony, Mike and I were formulating this blog, we had a heck of a time settling on a name and a tagline. Anthony and I mostly suggested tongue-in-cheek names, but "We Read Comics …and you should too" was Mike's idea (and a brilliant one, in my opinion). When we submitted it to the Times Union for approval, it was met with a brief hangfire: shouldn't we call it "We Read Comic Books"? The implication being that people might confuse the word "comics" for "comic strips." Since this is a newspaper website, that's certainly understandable. However, we stood by the original name based on the fact that we want this blog to be more than just rants and raves about tights and fights. We want to explore comics as an artform and a storytelling medium, rather than as just entertainment and collectibles . And, if you define "comics" the way Mr. McCloud and I do, you realize the best way to define comics isn't by what the definition says, but by what the definition doesn't say. Scott explains it here:
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In other words, there's a lot more to comics than superheroes.
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Good question.
But getting back to the question at hand: Just what is this artform we call comics? What can it do that other artforms can't? Why is comics the most pigeonholed and stereotyped artform? The stories told in comics can be just as serious, complex, entertaining, and philosophical as those told in novels and film, but it doesn't seem like most people know this. I plan to spend a good deal of my tenure on this blog attempting to stand up for the artform of comics. One of the reasons I like comics so much is because it's the best of two worlds. Comics takes takes the visual element of film and combines it with the intricate and intimate storytelling of prose. If you've never read a comic that really blew your mind, then you haven't been reading the right ones. And that's where I come in: to discuss and analyze some of the great works of the medium. Even though I don't buy new comic books (not DC superhero ones, anyway), there's still a lot to be said about some of the hallmarks of the past (and there are plenty of great ones happening now, too).

But before we get into reviews of the greatest comics of all time, we should keep pontificating about the mechanics of comics. A great way to do that would be to analyze Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics a chapter at a time. If you've never read this book, I can't recommend it enough. In my opinion, it's the best book ever written about comics, because it's all about the artform of comics. It'll make you think about comics in a way you never have before. I first read it back in 1994 and it's still as relevant and awe-inspiring today as it was back then. If you call yourself a comic book enthusiast, this book is a must-own. You can likely find it at any comic book store, or pick up a cheap used copy on Amazon or eBay, etc. The next few weeks will be a lot of fun for those of us with an appreciation of comics as art and literature.
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Tell 'em, Scott!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Blind as a Bat | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #59

The Penguin steals an experimental helicopter from an air show, causing an explosion that temporarily blinds Bruce Wayne. Batman knows he won't be able to wait until his vision returns to track the Penguin down, but will he be able to do so without the use of his eyes?
Originally aired 2/22/1993
Story by Mike Underwood & Len Wein,
Teleplay by Len Wein
Directed by Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-59-blind-bat

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Monday, October 21, 2013

Shadow of the Bat, Part 2 | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #58

Robin discovers that Gil Mason is in league with the underworld and goes to investigate him. He encounters Batgirl along the way, and go their separate ways to stop Mason. They then meet again to learn that Gil is working with Two-Face to take out Gordon, and have Batman (as Matches Malone) captured.
Originally aired 9/14/1993
Written by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Frank Paur

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-58-shadow-bat-part-2

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Shadow of the Bat, Part 1 | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #57

When Commissioner Gordon is framed for taking bribes from Rupert Thorne, his daughter Barbara pleads with Batman to show up at a rally being put on in the commissioner's behalf. But when Batman disappears after finding the person behind the frame-up, Barbara takes the law into her own hands as Batgirl.
Originally aired 9/13/1993
Written by Brynne Stephenes
Directed by Frank Paur

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-57-shadow-bat-part-1

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Harley and Ivy | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #56

When the Joker fires Harley, she tries going on a crime spree of her own, joining up with Poison Ivy, and the two become Gotham's Queens of Crime, much to Joker's fury.
Originally aired 1/18/1993
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

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You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-56-harley-and-ivy

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Mechanic | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #55

Thanks to a freak accident during a high-speed chase, the Batmobile is virtually demolished. After Batman takes the car to his personal mechanic, Earl Cooper, the Penguin makes his move and tampers with the Batmobile, putting it under his control.
Note: The Penguin tampering with the Batmobile is reminiscent of a major scene in Batman Returns, where the Penguin commands the Red Triangle Circus Gang to sabotage the Batmobile as part of a plan to falsely incriminate Batman.
Originally aired 1/24/1993
Story by Steve Perry & Laren Bright,
Teleplay by Randy Rogel
Directed by Kevin Altieri

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-55-mechanic

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Zatanna | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #54

When the glamorous magician Zatanna is framed for a robbery during her act, Batman swings to her defense. Zatanna is grateful though a little puzzled by the Dark Knight's commitment to prove her innocence, but the two heroes unite and use the skills her father, Zatara, taught them to expose and combat the culprit: an evil illusionist named Montague Kane.
Originally aired 2/2/1993
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Dan Riba

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-54-zatanna

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paging The Crime Doctor | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #53

Dr. Matthew Thorne, losing his medical license and forced into becoming the crime doctor by his younger brother, crime boss Rupert Thorne, must perform delicate surgery on Rupert. He can't do it alone, and kidnaps Dr. Leslie Thompkins to assist. Batman discovers Leslie's disappearance, and rushes to track her down - and has an additional interest in Matthew, because he was a medical school classmate of Bruce Wayne's father Thomas.
Originally aired 9/17/1993
Story by Mike W. Barr & Laren Bright,
Teleplay by Randy Rogel & Martin Pasko
Directed by Frank Paur

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-53-paging-crime-doctor

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mudslide | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #52

Clayface is falling apart, literally. His clay-like body is disintegrating. Fortunately, a scientist he knew from his movie star days is working on a remedy. However, Hagen is forced to steal money to pay for the expensive components of the remedy. That is until one of his targets is Wayne Biomedical Labs... Clayface dies during the final moments of the episode, when he falls into the sea.
Originally aired 9/15/1993
Story by Alan Burnett,
Teleplay by Steve Perry
Directed by Eric Radomski

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-52-mudslide

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Monday, October 14, 2013

Y The Last Man: Vlog #3 - One Small Step

In this addictive follow-up to the brilliantly imagined Y: The Last Man, we're still in the near future and Yorick Brown and his monkey sidekick, Ampersand, are still the last two males on Earth. It's been some months since the mysterious plague that wiped out all male creatures. Since then, women have been picking up the pieces. A mysterious government agency, the Culper Ring, is trying to get Yorick across the country for scientific study without being discovered, which isn't as easy as it sounds, but at least the growing drag king subculture makes it possible for people who look like men to walk around without exciting too much comment. Meanwhile, an Israeli strike team is trying to capture Yorick for its own uses, and the U.S. president is colluding with them. Most suspenseful of all, a space station carrying two surviving male astronauts is about to crash down in a Kansas cornfield. The stakes are high, and Vaughan masterfully interweaves story lines: the astronauts' survival, the military operations, an enemy spy, the valiant scientists and an unexpected travelling drama troupe that offends an entire town when it puts on a play in which the world is saved by a lone surviving man. Meanwhile, is Yorick falling in love with his bodyguard? Guerra knows just what the story needs, backing up Vaughan's tale with killer artwork and a smorgasbord of female heroines who look terrific without the least suggestion of cheesecake. This book is complete and utter comic gold.

The Man Who Killed Batman | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #51

When a small time gang member seemingly kills Batman by accident, he gets involved with gangs all over Gotham, as well as the Joker and Rupert Thorne, none of whom believe his story that everything that is happening is by preposterous happenstance.
Originally aired 2/1/1993
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Bruce W. Timm

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-51-man-who-killed-batman

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Off Balance | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #50

While following Count Vertigo's trail, Batman encounters Talia, daughter of the head of the Society of Shadows, who was sent by her father to prevent the capture of a sonic drill that the Count stole. But after his identity is mistakenly revealed to Talia, Batman remains off-balance as to where her true loyalties lie.
originally aired 11/23/1992
Written by Len Wein
Directed by Kevin Altieri

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-50-balance

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I Am The Night | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #49

On the anniversary of the death of Bruce's parents, Batman accompanies Leslie Thompkins to Crime Alley to place roses on the spot where they were gunned down. Meanwhile, Commissioner Gordon is on stakeout to arrest James "The Jazzman" Peake during a drug smuggling ring. Batman had promised to be there, but arrives late to find a gun battle going on. He helps defeat the gangsters and arrest the Jazzman, but at a high cost—Gordon is severely wounded. The incident traumatizes Batman, and he decides to give up crime-fighting, despite the Jazzman escaping prison to carry out his personal vendetta against Gordon (who had sent him to prison six years before).
Originally aired 11/9/1992
Written by Michael Reeves
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-49-i-am-night

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Friday, October 11, 2013

What is Reality? | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #48

Seeking to prove once and for all that his is the superior mind, the Riddler lures Batman into a riddle-solving contest inside the virtual reality of a computer game in order to save Jim Gordon's life. In the course of solving the riddles and escaping the Riddler's traps, Batman learns that he is able to manipulate the virtual reality landscape much like the Riddler does.
Originally aired 11/24/1992
Written by Marty Isenberg and Robert N. Skir
Directed by Dick Sebast

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-48-what-reality

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Birds of a Feather | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #47

Veronica Vreeland is looking for a way to create a splash with her next party and arrives at the idea of having a former criminal in attendance — especially if there is one whose manners would create a stir. The Penguin, who has recently reformed, fits the bill perfectly. In the process of convincing the Penguin to come to her party, Veronica finds she likes the corpulent little guy. For his part, the Penguin begins to fall in love with her, until he overhears that he is merely being used...
Originally aired 2/8/1993
Story by Chuck Menville,
Teleplay by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Frank Paur

You can watch this episode online at: http://dubbed-scene.com/batman-animated-series-47-birds-feather

You can see all of my Batman: TAS vlogs at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoXoHguaaZ7pidnyMwzy7M6cwvnaVOUyM

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Y The Last Man: Vlog #2 - Cycles

This book reprints issues 6 through 10 of the series. Cycles continues the story of young escape artist Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the only survivors of a mysterious plague that killed all the male mammals on Earth. This title finds Yorick and his pet are under the care of biologist Dr. Mann and Agent 355, an operative of the collapsed U.S. government. The two decide to sneak the somewhat willing Yorick from battle-torn Boston to a laboratory on the West Coast to discover what allowed the pair to survive. After Yorick disguises himself in a gas mask, the three hop a train and find themselves in a strangely idyllic town in rural Ohio. After only a brief rest, the feminist terrorist group Daughters of the Amazon tracks them down. Despite the action sequences, this is not a typical superhero book. In fact, the plague is the only fantastic element. This sense of realism brings accessibility, and it is enhanced by subtle artwork that focuses on the physical and emotional reactions of the characters. And the focus on character is the true strength of the book. Despite his rather daunting quest, Yorick still obsesses over his lost girlfriend and offers a seemingly endless supply of quips and puns. There are brief but interesting explorations of ideas like feminism, war, and male/female relationships. These elements add up to a comic perfect for readers ready to move on to more complex and mature story lines.

Almost Got 'Im | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #46

Joker, Killer Croc, Penguin, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy all meet at a poker table, each telling a tale of times when they almost defeated Batman. At the same time, Harley Quinn is about to kill Catwoman. Will Batman be able to save her?
originally aired 11/10/1992
written by Paul Dini
directed by Eric Radomski

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Terror in the Sky | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #45

When a man-sized bat ransacks Gotham harbor, Batman suspects that Dr. Kirk Langstrom is up to his old tricks, taking the Man-Bat formula again. Batman isn't the only one. Kirk's wife, Francine, is so distrustful of her husband that she decides to leave him. After further investigation, Batman discovers that this Man-Bat is not Kirk, but someone else.
Originally aired 11/12/1992
Story by Steve Perry & Mark Saraceni, Teleplay by Mark Saraceni
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Day of the Samurai | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #44

Kyodai Ken kidnaps Kairi, star pupil of Yoru Sensei, the martial arts instructor who taught both Kyodai and Bruce. The ninja's ransom for her is a scroll that teaches the location of the fabled Death Touch.
Originally aired 2/23/1993
Written by Steve Perry
Directed by Bruce W. Timm

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Moon of the Wolf | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #43

Batman investigates the appearance of a werewolf-like creature in Gotham, not realizing that the monster happens to be one of Bruce Wayne's associates — Anthony Romulus, ex-Olympic champion. Behind the scheme is twisted chemist Professor Milo.
originally aired 11/11/1992
Writen by Len Wein
Directed by Dick Sebast

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Tyger, Tyger | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #42

Selena Kyle is kidnapped by the villainous genetic engineer Dr. Emile Dorian and becomes his latest experiment to provide his man-cat hybrid named Tygrus with a mate. Batman learns of this and comes to the island to rescue Selena. He is captured and forced into a deadly game of cat-and-flying mouse as Tygrus hunts Batman through the island's jungles.
Originally aired 10/30/1992
Story by Michael Reaves and Randy Rogel,
Teleplay by Cherie Wilkerson
Directed by Frank Paur

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Joker's Wild | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #41

Cameron Kaiser builds a casino hotel modeled after the Joker, called The Joker's Wild. The Joker sees this on the news and, enraged, escapes from Arkham again, with one thought on his mind: destroying the casino, unaware that this is exactly what Kaiser wants him to do as part of an insurance claim.
Originally aired 11/19/1992
Written by Paul Dini
Directed by Boyd Kirkland

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #40

Edward Nygma creates the game The Riddle of the Minotaur and makes millions for the company Competitron. He is then fired by his superior, Daniel Mockridge, who wants the profits for himself. Nygma vows revenge, and two years later, he takes up the mantle of the Riddler and traps Mockridge inside a life-sized version of the Minotaur maze. Batman's sympathy is with Nygma, but he and Robin have to stop him before he kills Mockridge, despite the fact that Mockridge cannot legally be brought to justice.
Originally aired 11/18/1992
Written by David Wise
Directed by Eric Radomski

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Heart of Steel, Part 2 | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #39

Batman manages to free himself from the Batcave's clutches, and brings it back under his control, although he fails to track Duane down. Barbara Gordon approaches Batman to inform him of her father's sudden change in behavior. A brutal fight between Batman and Detective Bullock ensues, during which Batman pushes Bullock onto the Bat Signal, and reveals him to actually be an android, meaning that the real Bullock and James Gordon have gone missing, and Batman knows who the culprit is: H.A.R.D.A.C. Can he stop the evil supercomputer before it's too late?
Originally aired 11/17/1992
Written by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Kevin Altieri

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Heart of Steel, Part 1 | Batman: The Animated Series | vlog #38

Several robberies take place at major companies, including Wayne Enterprises, and Bruce Wayne, as Batman, discovers the thief to be a mechanical briefcase. Bruce meets with his old friend, Karl Rossum, an expert in robotics who lost his daughter to a vehicle accident years ago. He also meets Rossum's assistant, Randa Duane, and Rossum's ultimate creation: a prototype A.I. known as Holographic Analytical Reciprocating Digital Computer (H.A.R.D.A.C.) Bruce invites Duane to dinner, and around the same time, certain civilians start acting strangely. Most surprising is when Duane unexpectedly leaves Wayne Manor while Bruce is on the phone, and the entire Batcave turns on Batman.
Originally aired 11/17/1992
Written by Brynne Stephens
Directed by Kevin Altieri

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