The Matt Signal: The Batman Adventures Vol. 1

Beginning in 1992 as a 6-issue non-canon companion comic to cash in on the popularity of the show, The Batman Adventures quickly earned official status and ran for 36 issues, ending in 1995. There were also a litany of annuals, specials, one-shots and mini-series.

I read almost* all of the above so that you don’t have to and will now present my findings, including a ranking of every issue.

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The Matt Signal: Mask of the Phantasm

Plot summary: A mysterious masked figure is killing gangsters, but Batman is distracted by the return of his former fiancé, Andrea Beaumont. Perhaps the two are connected…

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The Matt Signal: BTAS Season 1 Findings

At last the insanely long first season of Batman The Animated Series is over, and before we go any further I thought this would be a good point to reflect on where things sit after 65 episodes.

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The Matt Signal – Episode 65: The Worry Men

Plot summary: Season One concludes with some good old fashioned cultural appropriation, as Mad Hatter manipulates Gotham’s wealthy elite with some Central American figurines.

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The Matt Signal – Episode 64: Read My Lips

Plot summary: Batman faces one of his greatest challenges to date… a ventriloquist’s dummy!

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The Matt Signal – Episode 63: Fire From Olympus

Plot summary: Shipping magnate Maxie Zeus believes himself to be the Greek god of his namesake, planning to reign lighting down on Gotham.

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The Matt Signal – Episode 61: The Demon’s Quest Part II

Plot summary: Batman and Ra’s al Ghul sword fight shirtless to determine the fate of half the world’s population.

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The Matt Signal – Episode 60: The Demon’s Question Part I

Plot summary: Batman is forced to join forces with Ra’s al Ghul and go on a globetrotting adventure to rescue Robin and Talia.

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