Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: Beware the Batman episode 2 : Signs

I was pleasantly surprised by last weeks premiere of Beware of the Batman.  So much so that I did a 180 going from uninterested to actually looking forward to Saturday morning.  After watching the second episode "Signs" I'm even more hooked.
This weeks episode featured Magpie, a jewel thief villian from the 80's.  She loves "shiny things" and appears to be more than a bit crazy.  As the story unfolds Batman figures out why Magpie is how she is and the result is a complex villain who is also a  very sympathetic character.
The subplots also shine.  We see Lt. Gordon's distrust of the Bat.  Tatsu Yamashiro's steps toward being Katana and Barara Gordon's introduction.  We also get more Alfred which is always good.
When Beware the Batman was introduced, it was stressed that the Dark Knight's detective skills would play a a major role.  They did in this episode for sure.  Batman could not beat Magpie in a straight up fight.  Only by using his intelligence and cunning is he able to best her.  Yes, the Fists of Justice take a back seat once in a while.
The animation may still be a hard sell for some, but after two episodes I'm beginning to like it.  It helps that the stories and characters have been very good, but I think it stands on it's own.
After two episodes I'm hooked.  Beware the Batman is shaping up to be one of the better portrayals of the caped crusader.   With its complex plot, great characters and interesting take on the Bat Universe I recommend it highly.  I can't wait for next week.

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