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Batman: Gotham Adventures #2
May 31st, 2014 by Rusty

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Batman: Gotham Adventures #2 cover

Batman: Gotham Adventures #2

Date: July 1998
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $1.95
2014 NM Value: $3.00
Stats: 22 color pages
Writer: Ty Templeton
Artists: Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty, Lee Loughridge, Tim Harkins
Notable Notes: In which we get a glimpse of Two-Face’s dysfunctional family!

Father Issues?

Trouble with one’s parents seems to make for good story lines. This issue shows the problems Two-Face had with his old man, but we can also look to other comics for this common theme. Daredevil had minor issues with his father, and so did Peter Parker. I guess Clark Kent got along pretty well with his dad – in fact, maybe I’ve got this all backwards! Maybe fathers played a big, important role in most heroes’ lives. You know – just like real-life dads do!


Last issue the Bat-gang dealt with Joker, but in this issue it is Two-Face’s turn to give the crime fighters someone to punch! It begins with a game show, “Lucky Day”, where the host is giving away 2 million dollars! But just as the contestant is about to make his play for the money, Two-Face and his gang bust in and spoil the fun by taking hostages. Our villain uses the TV moment to tell the audience how creepy this contestant is – but why? Because it turns out that he is Two-Face’s dad – yikes! As Two-Face recounts what a crumby father he had, Batman and Batgirl make a back-stage entrance and begin taking out the thugs. It’s a good thing Bats showed up, too, because he is just in time to save Two-Face’s old man from certain death by his son! Well, that kind of spoils our villain’s fun, so he blows up the pot of money instead – and guess what? That makes the thugs really angry! They begin shooting the place apart, but Batman, Batgirl and the police eventually bring the turmoil under control and all ends well once more in Gotham city. See – what a nice place it is!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – Another really good story from this Batman team! It was totally fun reading about Two-Face’s issues!
  • Art: 5 stars – Once again the art was very good, and matched the tone of the book very well. Bravo!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – This was a very fun read – what with the game show, lots of money at stake, Two-Face and his old man and the Bat-team. It was all-around enjoyable, and symbolizes the very reason I read this series!

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