Review: Deathstroke Arrives & Clayface Attacks In ‘Batman: The Adventures Continue #3’

by James Ferguson

Someone has been watched the Bat Family, but his intentions are unclear. He’s certainly had a fair amount to watch as Batman, Robin, and Batgirl take on Clayface and then have an encounter with Deathstroke. Is the mercenary here to help? Or is he up to something?

Seeing Slade Wilson depicted in the classic style of Batman: The Animated Series is an absolute treat. Artist Ty Templeton makes Deathstroke look as intimidating as ever, yet there’s an air of mystery around him, like he could be telling the truth about his reasons for being here. Of course, Batman isn’t so quick to believe him.
Clayface is one of my favorite Batman villains, thanks in no small part to BTAS. His showing here is more on the monstrous side for reasons that are explained later. Templeton gives him a big, menacing appearance. Colorist Monica Kubina creates a sickening look for Clayface with a dingy brown that comes alive with the street lights of the city. Letterer Joshua Reed uses a rough font that conveys a gravelly voice for the character.

Writers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini add in some nice callbacks to the TV show, such as the appearance of Annie, Clayface’s little girl alter ego that was a major part to one of the best episodes of the series. This really shows how far Clayface is willing to go in this battle.

Deathstroke and the mysterious watcher present their own set of concerns. I love how the creators are seeding future stories with these pieces, creating a serialized tale that we never really got from the TV show. Batman: The Adventures Continue captures the look and feel of Batman: The Animated Series to a fault. That’s a beautiful thing to see. It takes me back to that time of watching the show after school day.
Batman: The Adventures Continue #3 is currently available digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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