DCAU #63: The Little Red Book

IN THIS ONE... Batman tracks down Rupert Thorne's little book of evidence against him.

CREDITS: Written by Kelley Puckett; art by Mike Parobeck and Rick Burchett.

REVIEW: Strictly an action issue, with Batman, gorgeously "animated" by Mike Parobeck, in pursuit of criminals who have stolen the little red book that contains all of Rupert Thorne's misdeeds, then infiltrating Thorne's mansion to get at a second copy when the first is ruined, and finally chasing even more gangsters assigned to drive the book to a secure spot. Most of the issue is thus told without dialog, with plenty of stunts and fights. Batman vs. car, Batman vs. thugs, Batmobile vs. car, all in Parobeck's clean, fun style.

There's something interesting about a life in law enforcement in Gotham City. In the few pages that do take a break from the action, Commissioner Gordon accepts that Thorne is too powerful to ever get convicted, no matter the evidence, but finds a small victory in watching him squirm on the witness stand confronted by the evidence against him. The GCPD and Dent's D.A. office are ineffectual, in a way, but also courageous. Still fighting a corrupt system even if the odds are slim, and perhaps, one arrest (if not conviction) at a time, getting peace for their streets.
REREADABILITY: Medium - A simple action issue. Fun to flip through, but as insubstantial as the charges Thorne faces.


Anonymous said...

It's Return of the Jedi. Now we know for sure that the Batman Animated Series takes place in 1983...or possibly 1997.


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