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: Off-World #2 Review:
Batman has been captured by aliens, but he’s not trapped in there with them, they’re trapped in there with him as he fights back to continue his training. Plus, in this issue… A robot dies!
Host Alex Zalben called this book, “Great stuff,” with Pete LePage adding, “It’s fun to see Batman outside of his element but still treating space adventures like the Gotham adventures.” LePage is also enjoying Ione, the fellow prisoner teaming up with Batman to break out of prison.
Justin Tyler felt this book was pleasantly reminiscent of Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s Warworld Saga in Action Comics. He also compared it to the old Batman: The Animated Series episodes where Batman met Talia al Ghul, and always had his shirt off. “I don’t know if that’s an intentional reference,” Tyler added, “but it also has that wild, out-of-your-element adventure that those episodes of animated series had which I think is really cool.”
And in the issue, Batman tries desperately to save the fight training robot he’s working with, who ends up making the ultimate sacrifice to save him.
“It feels like a very Jason Aaron thing,” Zalben said, “To take a character called, I think his name was Punch-Bot, and make us feel intense emotions about him as he sacrifices himself. Classic Jason Aaron-type storyline… And Doug Mahnke draws very dynamic action scenes beautifully throughout… Great book.”
Batman: Off-World #2 Official Synopsis:
JASON AARON AND DOUG MAHNKE‘S INTERSTELLAR ADVENTURE CONTINUES! A young Bruce Wayne has journeyed to space to continue his development as Batman! But when he winds up a prisoner of the War Storm, a massive starship filled with trained killers, can the Dark Knight find new allies to aid in his journey?!