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Author Archive: Donovan Grant

Why We Love the Drake: A Spotlight Series on the Fan Favorite Robin (Part 4)

Editor’s Note: If you are jumping on board for the first time, be sure to check out the first parts of this Character Spotlight including Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. When we last discussed...

Why We Love the Drake: A Spotlight Series on the Fan Favorite Robin (Part 3)

In the previous entry (part 2) we saw Tim Drake settle into the role of Robin by being put through the physical, mental and emotional wringer. He battled the Joker, saved the world from the Bubonic...

Batman: The Animated Series: Bane

Don and Josh are here to give commentary on an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, Bane.

Why We Love the Drake: A Spotlight Series on the Fan Favorite Robin (Part 2)

Last time we went over the lengthy, oft-forgotten process of training Tim went through to become Robin the Boy Wonder. Once he proved himself and earned the costume, that meant the end of his...

Batman: The Animated Series: What is Reality?

Don and Josh are here to give commentary on an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, What is Reality.

Why We Love the Drake: A Spotlight Series on the Fan Favorite Robin (Part 1)

With the impending return of Tim Drake in the pages of Detective Comics, it’s as good a time as any to look back on the character’s near thirty-year history and recall what makes him so popular...

The New Batman Adventures-Sins of the Father

Don and Josh are here to give commentary on an episode of The New Batman Adventures, Sins of the Father.

SDCC: Batman and Harley Quinn

Batman and Harley Quinn is the twenty-ninth entry in the DC direct-to-video series of animated movies, and is slated for theatrical and digital release on August 14 and August 15 respectively, and...

Batman: The Animated Series-Beware the Gray Ghost

Don and Josh are here to give commentary on an episode of Batman: The Animated Series in memory of Adam West, Beware the Gray Ghost.

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...