Deathstroke is on the scene, and he’s showing a lot of interest in Batgirl and Robin, but he’s not the only one. Your Major Spoilers review of Batman: The Adventures Continue #3 awaits!
BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE #3 (OF 6)
Writers: Alan Burnett & Paul Dini
Artist: Ty Templeton
Colorist: Monica Kubina
Letterer: Joshua Reed
Editor: Andrew Marino
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 6th, 2020
Previously in Batman: The Adventures Continue: Slade Wilson has come to Gotham and that has the Dark Knight suspicious. Robin, however, thinks the swash-buckling mercenary is just here to help.
Slade On The Scene
Batman: The Adventures Continue #3 opens up with Batman, Batgirl, and Robin midfight with a rampaging Clayface as a mysterious man watches on. Clayface splits himself in half, with Batman taking care of one copy, with Batgirl and Robin taking the other. After incapacitating Clayface, Robin and Batgirl are suddenly approached by Deathstroke who seems to be impressed by the pair. Later on, Batman has a conversation with Commissioner GordonThe next day Batgirl has captured Roxy Rocket. Once again Slade approaches Batgirl. Once again he heaps on the compliments, then before leaving, warns Batgirl that someone has been watching them. Back at his hideout Deathstroke brags with his partner Sunny about how easy it was to manipulate Clayface and how this mysterious man who’s been watching the Bat Team might find himself on Slade’s kill list.
A Lot of Set Up
Basically, Batman: The Adventure Continues #3 feels like the first few minutes from an episode of Batman: TAS. That makes sense of course, since this is supposed to be a sort of continuation of the cartoon. But, what is here isn’t very satisfying. The comic basically breaks down to one fight scene and three conversations, one of which just restates everything the reader has already read in the comic. The only thing that has much intrigue is the mysterious person hovering around. Although, even that will probably not be very mysterious to anyone other than children who are only familiar with the animated series, which I imagine is the target audience, anyways.
Nice Looking Book
One of the things I was curious about when I first heard about this series was how it was going to look. In my head, I imagined it’d be a series of animation cels with word balloons. I’m glad it’s not though. Instead, we get a sort of artistic interpretation of what those cels would be. All the costumes are there, Batgirl’s motorcycle has the classic exaggerated fenders, and everyone looks very close to how they looked in the Batman: The Animated Series. Where the major differences come in is the colors. This is a colorful book and vibrant as well. There are bright red skies, and Deathstroke’s costume is a sherbert orange and periwinkle blue. Altogether it’s not a bad look and it manages to be reminiscent of the old cartoon while having its own unique look.
Bottom Line: Not Great On Its Own
While this manages to capture the feel of the animated series, it doesn’t capture the feel of one of the better episodes. This comic just lacks content. The fight with Clayface was fun, but after that, this issue just meanders as all the various characters comment on Deathstroke, or are Deathstroke not being very subtle. 2 out of 5 stars
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Batman: The Adventures Continue #3