Friday, December 30, 2016

"The End" Week: The Batman Strikes #50!


Back in 2013, we checked out the last issues of four Batman cartoon tie-ins: the Batman Adventures, Gotham Adventures, another Batman Adventures, all tying into Batman: the Animated Series; and Batman: the Brave and the Bold. Today, we've got the last issue of the comic tying into the series between those two, with the Batman Strikes! #50, "Night of the Demon" Written by James Peaty, pencils by Christopher Jones, inks by Terry Beatty.

This is a fun little done-in-one guest-starring Etrigan, the Demon: centuries ago, he betrayed his cohorts the Demons Three--Abnegazar, Rath, and Ghast, although they aren't named here--and they had been trapped in a puzzle box ever since. (Seems familiar somehow...) The box has fallen into the hands of the Riddler, who is compelled to open it and release the demons.

As often happens to the Batman animated titles, this was being phased out to make room for the new version. Shame to introduce Etrigan so late in the game! I had been re-watching the Batman on Netflix: if you're not sure about it, start with season four! Good grief, I think we mentioned an episode, "Artifacts," back in 2007!

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

that's some really good animated art there. Interesting story too. If it wasn't so kid-friendly I could really see it getting dark quick. Nice riff of Hellraiser tho.