The much anticipated first issue of Batman: The Adventures Continue is digitally available now.
Batman: The Animated Series was released to home video in spectacular high definition last year and now it looks like the stories will be continuing on the page. DC Comics is publishing a new Batman comic series called Batman: The Adventures Continue. The first issue of the run was released digitally on April 1st. The comic is being written by Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, both who were writers and producers of the legendary cartoon.
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Batman: The Adventure Continues is set in the Batman: The Animated Series timeline and takes place during the fourth season, well before the events of Batman Beyond. The new run is garnering attention for the return of Burnett and Dini, who gained legend status in the industry for the animated series’ gravitas, as well as for introducing iconic characters such as Harley Quinn. It’s also grabbing Batman fans’ attention because it will be the first introduction of Jason Todd, the second Robin in their canon.
Paul Dini on Jason Todd in Batman: The Adventures Continue
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Paul Dini talked about the decision to introduce Jason Todd.
“We’d gone from Dick Grayson to Tim Drake, and we had left out Jason…What we’re doing with this is looking at this as a chance to go back and acknowledge that was a part of the animated Batman’s history. For the first time you’re going to see that story and you’re going to see what happened in that relationship. So, it’s our chance not only to do Jason Todd but also the Red Hood.”
Todd was Batman’s second Robin who was ultimately viciously murdered by the Joker. He eventually returned to comics via comic book magic as Red Hood. In Batman: The Animated Series fourth season, fans were introduced to a new Robin with Tim Drake, who actually followed Todd in the pages of the comics. The creators decided on a mix of both Jason Todd and Tim Drake’s personality traits from the comics, choosing to overlook adapting Todd for the series.
It looks like DC Comics figured that with physical comics being suspended due to COVID-19, that this is the perfect time for the first issue to debut. The series will release issues twice a month and will continue that schedule without interruption, hopefully.
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The second issue is scheduled to drop on April 15th, so if you have already read the first issue, you won’t have long to wait. If you have watched Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Justice League Unlimited, you will have more than enough backstory to understand the nuances. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!
The illustrations were drawn by Ty Templeton, who has worked with Burnett and Dini before in the DC animated universe. His work brings you back to their vision of Gotham and feels like a new episode of the series. Make sure you keep with The Illuminerdi for more comic news and content.