The Batman Strikes

 BO56   (DC, 2004-2008)

™ and © 2004 DC Comics, Inc.

Like his cartoon counterpart, the Dark Knight of The Batman Strikes! is a hipper, happier version of the Bob Kane-created vigilante. Bruce Wayne still agonizes over the death of his parents but maintains a certain perkiness not usually seen in the character, especially when discussing his seemingly favorite topic: rock music. (Wayne even moshes when not striking fear into the hearts of criminals.)

Strip away the modern lingo and altered personality traits (which will appeal only to younger readers) and you’ve got a fairly enjoyable Batman vs. Penguin story, with the latter orchestrating an elaborate plot to exact revenge on the Wayne family for perceived slights, both big (trying to “destroy” the Cobblepots) and small (merely laughing at them). The art is essentially an amalgamation of Americanized manga and Batman the Animated Series.

Based on the new WB program (which is simply called The Batman), The Batman Strikes! doesn’t quite strike out with its first at bat but it doesn’t exactly hit a home run, either. For a cooler updated, animated bat, stick with Batman Beyond.

— Brett Weiss

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#1

  11/1/2004
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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#1 Variation A

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Burger King variant; Contains backup story“The Batman Nobody Knows"Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#2

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#3

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#4

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#5

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#6

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#7

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#8

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#9

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#10

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 Matthew k. ManningWes Craig

#11

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 Matthew K. ManningChristopher Jones

#12

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#13

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#14

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#15

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Story concluded in Batman vs. Dracula DVD.Matthew K. ManningWes Craig

#16

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 J. TorresChristopher Jones

#17

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#18

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#19

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#20

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 Jai NitzChristopher Jones

#21

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#22

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

#23

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 J. TorresChristopher Jones

#24

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 Matthew K. ManningWes Craig

#25

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 Jai NitzChristopher Jones

#26

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 Bill MathenyChristopher Jones, Terry Beatty

#27

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Includes 3-D Heroscape glasses; Includes Teen Titans: Sparktop mini-comicScott BeattyChristopher Jones

#28

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 Jai NitzChristopher Jones

#29

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Includes The Adventures of Finn & Friends insert comicJ. TorresChristopher Jones

#30

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 Russell LissauSanford Greene

#31

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 Matthew K. ManningChristopher Jones

#32

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Includes Batman/Cal Ripken Jr. Insert comicScott Beatty, Ernest Mayes, Mike SpinnaraqueChristopher Jones

#33

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Includes Batman/Cal Ripken Jr. insert comicJai Nitz, Ernest MayesChristopher Jones

#34

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 J. TorresChristopher Jones

#35

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 Russell Lissau, Christopher JonesChristopher Jones

#36

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 Josh ElderChristopher Jones

#37

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Includes Superman Airheads insert comicBill Matheny, Richard C. TroyChristopher Jones, Adam Dekraker

#38

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Includes The Adventures of Finn & Friends insert comicRussell Lissau, Paul LarsonChristopher Jones, Vincent Deporter

#39

  1/1/2008
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 Jai NitzChristopher Jones

#40

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 Jai NitzAdam Archer

#41

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 Russell LissauChristopher Jones

#42

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DC Super Friends previewStephan NilsonAndie Tong

#43

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#44

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 Josh ElderChristopher Jones

#45

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 Jai NitzChristopher Jones

#46

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 Russell LissauChristopher Jones

#47

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 Josh ElderChristopher Jones

#48

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 Josh ElderChristopher Jones

#49

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#50

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Final IssueMatthew K. ManningChristopher Jones

Book #1

 
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Collects #1-5; Pocket-sized; ca. 2005Bill MathenyChristopher Jones

Book #2

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In Darkest Knight; Collects Batman Strikes #6–10Bill MathenyTerry Beatty, Wes Craig, Christopher Jones

Book #3

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Collects Batman Strikes #11–14, 16–18Bill Matheny, J. TorresTerry Beatty, Christopher Jones

Free Comic Book Day #2005

 
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Free Comic Book Day edition; Reprints The Batman Strikes #1; Indicia lists as 2nd printingBill MathenyChristopher Jones