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Episode 147

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Join Dustin, Ed and Stella as they cover the last three weeks of comic news and reviews. For news, we cover January’s solicitations, Joel Schumacher’s possible Batman comic project, Scott Snyder confirming a year two for Batman Eternal and the reveal of who the next Robin will be. Reviews include Batman and Robin #35 and Batman Eternal #28-30. Stick around for TBU Spotlight where we talk Harley Quinn Annual #1, Arkham Manor #1 and Catwoman #35. Be sure to leave your comments below.


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  • Ryan

    Another great episode. I’m happy to hear people are in favor of the spotlight!

    I had not, but will now pick up Catwoman because of your recommendations. Arkham Manor-wise, I could actually see that as a new status quo, especially with Batman moving his base to the penthouse. Time will tell!

    A question: Batman Eternal deals with a city breaking down because of a big bad guy enacting a big bad plan. But, do you remember if a Batbook ever took on ideas of institutional problems with society on such an epic scale? Has Batman ever faced big social problems that commonly affect urban life: education, poverty, hunger, political corruption? On a broader level, do you think comic Books, or the Batbooks in particular, are places to deal with bigger social issues, beyond epic super-villain stories (as in Batman) or epic personal stories (as in Batman and Robin)?

    Thank you for all of your hard work. If others want to chime in on this question, too, I’d love to hear from you on what you think.

  • Avery

    I always have a great time listening to you guys and gal. Keep it up!

    Ryan, I feel like I’ve seen bat books address societal issues before but for some reason I can’t think of very many. The only book that comes to mind immediately is Batman: Venom which kind of focuses on Bruce wrestling with addiction to Venom. It’s one of my favorites, check it out!

    TBU, my question is when it comes to reading comics monthly I buy the individual issues, however when it comes to keeping them for the long-term I’d rather collect the trades. Is there any secret method for doing both without spending twice the money or is the only option to try and sell individual books back?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Avery

    Sorry for the double post but I just heard about DC’s Convergence and I was curious what you all make of it? Some event Pre-52 still happened but don’t actually effect the current timelines at all? I’m one of those comic fans that just kind of picks and chooses stories to be in my own personal continuity but I was just wondering what you all thought about this.

    And Shipper Stella your favorite shipper special looks like it’s getting another chance…or is it?

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

  • Corbin Pool

    I really enjoy listening to the spotlight reviews. If something’s good, it deserves a shout-out.
    I really enjoyed the two-part story; Terminal. The best part, in my mind, was Dick Grayson’s portrayal. I know it was very different from how he is… pretty much everywhere else. But I really liked how he was fully formed into the spy role. He was extremely capable, and I now want to see what this creative team could do with Dick. Do you guys feel the same, or do you prefer the Grayson we are getting elsewhere?

  • Daniel S

    Keep up the great work with these podcasts!

    The Spotlight reviews are a great way to give more coverage to TBU comics.
    I enjoy the longer length podcasts because they help me keep up to date with Batman when I can’t read all of the books.

  • Love the spotlight section. Glad to see Catwoman got a review – I haven’t been following it, but the Valentine’s first issue was really exciting. I hope they keep up the worldbuilding, characterization, and action at this level.

    I have to say, I was looking forward to more of a reaction from Stella on the Jason/Babs shipping in Eternal 28. 🙂

  • Robert Lewis

    Doing some catch up here at the website. Love the spotlight section. And in no way is the podcast too long. It is perfect just the way it is.