Batman Adventures #7

Written by Kelley Puckett
Penciled by Mike Parobeck
Inked by Rick Burchett
Colored by Rick Taylor

So, what’s the story?

The story opens with Batman searching for a new gangster in town named Mandrake. Meanwhile, Killer Croc is cleaning up in the underground wrestling circuit. Croc learns that Mandrake has brought his own fighter to challenge Croc named the Masked Marauder, who beat Croc years ago. Batman tracks down Tommy Two-Bits, who leads him to Mandrake at the next wrestling match. Croc almost bails on the match, but his trainer convinces him to go on. Batman confronts Mandrake at the match, while Croc fights the Marauder. Croc goes down, and the Marauder goes after Batman.  The Marauder has Batman on the ropes, when Croc recovers and takes down Marauder, saving Batman. Mandrake is caught, and Batman and Croc part ways.

I very much enjoyed this story! We see loads of new mobsters, and we get to see Croc not be an idiot (always a pleasure). And to see Bats and Croc respect each other in the end without fighting was a delight. This would have made a great episode.

How’s the Art?

Parobeck is here! This is the first issue penciled by the late, great Mike Parobeck. His own cartoon style blended extremely well with that of Bruce Timm’s. And yet, you can always tell a Parobeck piece of art as his own. The man was an underrated master, in my opinion. His art always made an issue feel like one of the better animated episodes.

Any continuity issues?

This would most likely fit in anywhere pre-TNBA.

Anything of interest to customizers or cosplayers?

Oh yes. We see Croc is several different wrestling outfits, and in an overcoat with a hat. The Masked Marauder would be a great character to have on the shelf. And there are plenty of distinct mobsters to choose from

Is this issue worth my precious time?


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