Batman ’89: Echoes #1 Review: Material Girl

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Return to the world of Michael Keaton and Tim Burton’s Batman with Batman ’89: Echoes #1 from DC Comics.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Batman ’89: Echoes #1 Review:

Written by Sam Hamm with art by Joe Quinones, Batman is gone from Gotham. And in his absence, we’re witnessing the rise of new villains like Firefly, Scarecrow, and Harley Quinn… Clearly “played” by Madonna.

Kicking things off, host Alex Zalben said that he could “look at Joe Quinones’ art all day. It’s great.”

Justin Tyler agreed, adding, that he really liked the way Quinones “captures all the movie characters that we see, and then creates the new characters that we didn’t see in the original movie. He called out, for example, the choice to include Madonna as Harley Quinn, saying it’s, “smart from an artistic point of view to use ’80s versions of celebrities as if the movie itself was continuing on, from a casting perspective.”

And one additional thought, Tyler appreciated that the book thrust us into the middle of a situation, treating the reader from the “top of our intelligence… Nothing’s over-explained.”

Batman ’89: Echoes #1 Official Synopsis:

THE BATMAN ’89 SEQUEL ARRIVES, REUNITING SAM HAMM AND JOE QUINONES! You wanna get nuts? Let’s get nuts! After Harvey Dent’s crusade against Gotham and Batman, the Caped Crusader has disappeared without a trace. In his place, ordinary citizens have taken to the streets to root out crime. As innocents get hurt, the question on everyone’s mind is the same: Where is Batman? Sam Hamm, screenwriter of the 1989 Batman movie, and Joe Quinones reunite for another tale in Gotham!

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