A Perfect Moment

So back in the DC Universe in the late nineties, the second Green Arrow, Connor Hawke, whooped a guy named the Silver Monkey.  He was part of the Brotherhood of the Monkey Fist, a group that didn’t take too kindly to this loss.  To redeem themselves, the group decided to kill every non-powered martial artist in the DC Universe, including not only Connor Hawke, but the entire Batman family.

One of my all time favorite comics, Nightwing #23, takes place during this story line.  It features versions of most of my favorite characters by my favorite artist, Scott McDaniel. In the story, our heroes split up to look for the parts of the Brotherhood who are hiding in Gotham.

Then this happens:

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My favorite hero, drawn in a cool pose by my favorite artist, sings a line from my favorite band, the Monkees.  Unexpected perfection! A big thank you to one of my favorite writers, Chuck Dixon, for throwing this moment in the middle of the action.

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The Lego Batman Movie: Dick Grayson

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I am approaching The Lego Batman Movie with a bit of trepidation. I love Will Arnett’s version of Batman.  I am amazed at how many Z-list villains appear in this movie (Condiment King! Really?).  And Billy Dee Williams finally gets to be Two-Face.

But then there’s my favorite character of all time, Dick Grayson.  This movie’s take is very, very different and more than a bit silly.  And somehow, his over-the-top optimistic outlook is endearing.

I picked up the Dick Grayson Lego figure from the movie’s blind bag series.  He comes with the infamous Bat Shark Repellent from the ’66 movie.  Actually, the L-shaped yellow handle is pretty easy to feel through the blind bag, so it’s easy to figure out which package has this figure.

The great thing about the Batman Family is that they work in so many radically different interpretations. And since so many versions have been so dark, I’m looking forward a new version that isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself.

Mighty Minis: Justice League Action Robin

Along with the new Justice League Action cartoon comes a line of Mighty Minis.  I found the blind bags at Wal-Mart, and picked up the Robin figure. For those of you who keep track of codes so you know which figure is in which bag, Robin’s code is H.

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Shadow Mission Robin (the official name of the figure) is more stylized than his Batman: Unlimited counterparts and has less detail, which mimics the stylized look of the cartoon. This figure is also transparent, hence the Shadow in the name.

 

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Like the other Mighty Mini figures, he comes apart so you can mix and match to make new characters.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Robin in this line, since show producer Butch Lukic has been quoted as saying that no version of Robin would appear until at least Season 2.