Batman: Wayne Family Adventures #44-#48
CRC Payne – Creator
Rhett Bloom (StarBite) – Creator
Review by Marsha Reilly
Batman: Wayne Family Adventures is back again, this time with a couple of chapters that will tug at your heartstrings. Don’t worry, there are still some laughs and smiles too. This online series releases new chapters on WebToon every Thursday, perfect for a little break in your day.
I Live For Chaos
As we all know by now, the Bat-Family have each other’s backs, and they have the same reaction when their sister gets a boyfriend; kidnap and interrogate the boy. A normal Bat Family response… honestly, but siblings will be siblings, just as parents will be parents because the Kents are introduced in this chapter! Alfred goes to have dinner with Martha and Jonathan and the three reminisce about the good old days when their crime-fighting sons first met. This is probably why Bruce and Clark try to listen in on them. Try, being the operative word.
Tim finds himself in a tricky situation, held for ransom and trying not to reveal that he’s anything more than an innocent rich kid, Red Hood coming to his rescue isn’t actually that helpful, particularly when he advises the villains on how to kidnap someone better next time. Of course, he leaves them in a pile for the GCPD to find after helping them.
His fun side quickly drops, however, while he’s fixing the Bat Bike and Steph picks up a crowbar. Thrown back into the most traumatizing moment of his life, it’s Bruce who pulls Jason out of his panic attack. At least he has the other ex-Robins to cheer him up with hundreds of cat videos… and Alfred’s cookies, we can’t forget those.
Jason’s fear of crowbars and the Joker, depending on which comics you’ve read, is made pretty clear. Something about the way it’s done in these two short chapters makes it hit just a little differently, though. The way Bruce got him to ground himself and get him out of his memories is great too. Their relationship, as with everyone in the Bat-Family with the Dark Knight, is a little rocky, so the moment they share when Jason is back to himself is very touching.
Bruce may not be the best father in the world, and he knows it, but he still loves his children and is proud of them. We’ve covered quite a lot of emotional aspects in this webcomic, but this was handled especially brilliantly. I can’t wait to see what else they chose to tackle.
This is a review of Batman: Wayne Family Adventures #44-#48. To read all the previous reviews, click here.
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