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Author Archive: Donovan Grant

Editorial: The Infrequent Queerness of Harley and Ivy

Queer representation is hugely important. Not in a “Sure, everybody is equal” type of platitude way where people shrug, grin and agree until it affects characters they care about. No, queer...

The Essential Guide to The New Batman Adventures

  While the original Batman: The Animated Series is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, its successor The New Batman Adventures is marking its 20th anniversary. Airing two years after...

The Essential Guide to Batman: the Animated Series

  This year Batman: the Animated Series (or BTAS) celebrates its 25th anniversary. A highly iconic and impactful series – probably THE most iconic and impactful series featuring the Caped...

Editorial: What’s in a Name?

Codenames and other intentions for Cassandra Cain At the time of this writing, Joseph P. Illidge – the original Associate Editor for Cassandra Cain’s first (and best) series – has taken to...

SDCC 2016: Batman: The Killing Joke

  On Saturday July 23rd at SDCC, DC and Warner Home Video held a press event for Batman: The Killing Joke which is due for release August 2nd, 2016. Of the cast and crew, Ray Wise, Brian...

Editorial: The Very Real Problems of Batgirl in the Killing Joke Film

  By now nearly everyone who’s interested has watched (or learned) about the controversial scene in the animated adaptation of The Killing Joke. For the uninitiated, the first half hour...

Editorial: Why do we love the Killing Joke? (Or do we?)

  It’s one of the most acclaimed Batman stories for a reason, but that reason becomes more nebulous as time goes on. With the nearing release of The Killing Joke’s animated adaptation along...

Review: Dark Night: A True Batman Story #1

THE PLOT: Paul Dini, writer for Batman: the Animated Series, recounts a night in 1993 when he was viciously beaten and required facial surgery. Throughout the account visions of Batman and his world...

Review: Batgirl #52

THE PLOT: Team Batgirl teams up with Olive Silverlock and Maps Mizoguchi to take down Gladius once and for all.   MY THOUGHTS: This issue is a harmless read, producing a mediocre end to the...

TBU Exclusive: Chuck Dixon Talks The Batman Universe

Editor’s Note: We were fortunate enough to have a lengthy discussion with Chuck Dixon on his many works within The Batman Universe in late 2015. After formatting the interview for publication,...

Review: Batgirl #51

THE PLOT: Run down between her new Gordon Clean Energy business and her time as Batgirl, Barbara is coming close to deciding on the next big step in her life – one that may not include Burnside....

Review: Batgirl #50

THE PLOT: The Fugue has gathered together a league of Batgirl’s most recent and dangerous enemies in an attempt to destroy her and her fighting partners once and for all!   MY THOUGHTS: This...

Review: Batgirl #49

THE PLOT: Frankie must dive into Babs’ brain and help her out of her hypnotic induced coma!   MY THOUGHTS: This is a very good follow-up to the cliffhanger in issue #48, with a great showing...

Review: Batgirl #48

Batgirl’s memory is slowly being wiped, and only Black Canary can save her!   MY THOUGHTS: First up, the selling point to this book truly is the artwork of Babs Tarr. The title can have the...

EDITORIAL: Thoughts on Cassandra in Eternal So Far

The second mid-season finale of CW’s “The Flash” ends on a cliffhanger with Joe and Iris West meeting their long lost son/brother Wallace for the first time. It’s a big moment for the show,...

Review: Batgirl #47

THE PLOT: Batgirl, the Spoiler and Bluebird go incognito at GCPD to learn who’s been wiretapping and info-hacking Barbara’s research!   MY THOUGHTS: This is one of those comics where if the...

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

THE PLOT: Commissioner Yindel interrogates Carrie Kelley on the last days of the Batman. Later during a transport, Carrie is sprung free by the Batmobile and returns to the Batcave to meet a...

Review: Batgirl #46

THE PLOT Batgirl is talked into helping out the Spoiler escape from the middle of a Gang War!   MY THOUGHTS This is a perfectly decent issue on its own, yet I found myself cold by it all the...

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

THE PLOT: The Batman has returned and is caught on film attacking and brutalizing police. Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira to learn that her daughter Lara has flown off to the Fortress of Solitude...

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Batmunk

Don and Josh are here to give commentary on an outside the box choice, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Batmunk.

Review: Batgirl #45

THE PLOT: On the day of Alysia and Jo’s wedding, Maid-of-Honor Babs gets a visit from an old flame in the form of Dick Grayson!   MY THOUGHTS: Right away I’ll say that this is a much better...

The Depths of Continuity in Grayson #12

In Grayson #12, Agent 37 a.k.a. Dick Grayson returns to Gotham and reveals to the Bat-Family that he’s been alive this entire time. Specifically, he returns to see Bruce Wayne, Jason Todd and Tim...

Review: Batgirl #44

THE PLOT: Batgirl takes on the new Velvet Tiger in a battle for Jo’s life!   MY THOUGHTS: I really did not care for this issue.   It’s not exactly bad, but everything felt rushed and...

TBU Top 10: Ten(ish) Classic Batman Issues to Read

Hola! Donovan here, formerly of the Comic-Cast and the Gotham Chronicle Podcast. After seeing Ed’s Top Ten Favorite Batman Comics, I thought I’d contribute as well, albeit in a different way....

Review: Batgirl #43

THE PLOT: Batgirl investigates a series of vicious tiger attacks that have been plaguing Burnside, all while trying to organize her ex-roommate’s wedding!   MY THOUGHTS: This issue is why...

Review: Batgirl Annual #3

THE PLOT: A missing persons case leads Batgirl to chase a doomsday device all across Gotham, encountering various heroes along the way!   MY THOUGHTS: Annuals have mostly fallen out of style,...

Review: Batgirl #42

THE PLOT: Warned by the new Batman (James Gordon) that unsanctioned vigilantes are once again outlawed in Gotham, Batgirl attempts to apprehend the supercharged villain Livewire while avoiding the...

Review: Justice League: Gods and Monsters

THE PLOT: In a divergent timeline where General Zod inserted his essence into the egg of the House of El, the DC Universe as we know it is completely unrecognizable. Superman, the adopted son of...

Review: Batgirl #41

THE PLOT: While battling a cult trying to resurrect Hooq, Batgirl is introduced to the new Batman, whom she later learns by confession is her father Jim Gordon! Later that night, Livewire has come to...

Review: Convergence: Batgirl #2

THE PLOT: Gorilla Grodd from an alternate universe attacks Batgirl, Black Bat and Red Robin, after being transported to a fight zone in the middle of a battle against Catman. Black Bat is knocked out...