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The Batmobile: sweetest ride ever, or sweetest ride ever?

I think we all know the answer.

Shoutout to Burt Ward's stunt double, a true unsung hero.
Shoutout to Burt Ward’s stunt double, a true unsung hero.

Be it live-action, animated, in a video game, or on the printed page, cruising Gotham’s streets or patrolling its skies, Batman’s whip is inarguably one of the sweetest set of wheels ever.  The only thing I can think of that could possibly rival it is the Millennium Falcon, and even then it’s a tight race.

Given the chance, wouldn’t we all like to take it for a spin?

Yes.  Yes we would.

The Titans prove to be no different than the rest of us when Robin is left alone on a “critical mission” to wax the Batmobile, as they take the opportunity to do what anyone in their right mind would:

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I mean, there is the lingering specter of Batman’s wrath were he to find out about the excursion, but come on: it’s the Batmobile.

This book is back in fine form with the team of Sholly Fisch and Marcelo Di Chiara writing and illustrating, respectively, and they bring a winning chapter by highlighting the book’s strengths: namely, Easter eggs and goofy humor.

A handy map is included so you too can make the same stops as the Titans on your next cross-country trip.
A handy map is included so you too can make the same stops as the Titans on your next cross-country trip.

The issue is almost wall-to-wall jokes, and really, that’s all the premise needs.  From in-jokes and references in the background (wonderfully colored by Jeremy Lawson) to snappy lines of dialogue, I laughed out loud multiple times during the 22 digital pages.  My favorite line?  Starfire coercing Robin by hitting him where it hurts.

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It’s more fun than I’ve had with this book in months, and from the opening page to the inevitable appearance of Batman (and Gordon), it’s a great time through and through.

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To cap it off, here’s a new reaction picture for you to use at your leisure.

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Just be civil with each other, chums.

Recommended if:

  • You enjoy the TV show.
  • You want some good, genuine laughs.
  • Riding in the Batmobile is a life-long dream.

Overall: Good fun from beginning to end, there’s scarcely a joke that doesn’t work.  It’s bright, snappy, silly fun, perfect to enjoy with your kids or, really, if you just want to have a good time as a fan regardless.  I wish the series were more consistently excellent, but it just makes me appreciate great installments like this even more.

SCORE: 8.5/10