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  • Written By: Mitch Watson
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A slice of Mag Pie

By Johnny Destructo     July 23, 2013

As a long time comic book fan, this show is a puff of fresh air. I really enjoy the new angles that this show is bringing to the Batman mythos, as well as the exploration of some of the lesser known characters. Last episode focused on the Grant Morrison character Professor Pyg, and this go-round we have a character named Magpie, that I've only seen once before, back in John Byrne's The Man Of Steel #3. Her origin in this episode is infinitely more interesting, considering that her civilian name in the DCU is the unimaginative Margaret Pye. I don't want to spoil her genesis for this show though, since that's part of the fun of the episode. Suffice it to say that she's a fun character, and I hope for more of her in the future.

The action choreography in this eppy is top-notch and the physicality between Bats and Mags is a beautiful ballet of kicks and flips. This is where animation excels, as far as I'm concerned. Live action fight scenes only have so much prep time to train the humans doing the moves, but here, whatever the animators think of, they can just …create. And, cartoon or not, there's just something about a bad-ass gal in shiny shiny leather doing flips that's fun to behold.

There are a couple of tiddybits that geek'd me out. This episode introduces Babs, played by awesome animated mainstay Tara Strong! I know this show is supposed to just be the beginning years of Bats' nocturnal career, but I'm already excited to see Batgirl thrown into the mix! Man, what I wouldn't give for an animated show like this that follows the exploits of The Birds Of Prey!! But that's just me wishin'. I was surprised to see Miskatonic Psychiatric Hospital make an appearance, which (as a University) first originated in H.P. Lovecraft's 1922 serial "Herbert West - Reanimator". That is, I was surprised until I did a little digging, and it turns out that the fictional University was located in..wait for it…..Arkham, a fictional town in Essex County, Mass. I'm sure even the medium Bat-fans will recognize Arkham. Pretty impressive bit of Easter Egging by the shows creators, if you ask me. Also, little recognized Lunkhead made an appearance in this episode. I've only ever seen him once before in the mini-series Arkham Asylum: Living Hell. (He wound up being being sacrificed to the devil? Sure, why not. Poor fella).

I'm excited by Wayne's new driver/bodyguard: Tatsu Yamashiro, who some of you might know as Katana from the Justice League of America and Birds of Prey. This is a different take on the character, that of Alfred's god-daughter, and she doesn't have the husband sword that she likes to talk to and take to bed, but she's a welcome addition nonetheless. It looks like Bruce has taken a shine to her as well, since at the end of the eppy, he's ready to begin testing her, presumably in order to let her into the bat-fold. While I do like the practicality of Batman going solo, I'm also excited for sidekicks and a Bat-Family to take shape. I've always been more of a fan of the Robins and Nightwing and the Batgals then the main man himself, but I'm probably alone in that. What say you? Are you excited for some sidekicks to start kicking people in the …sides?

The cool:
"More candy now."

"Just remember, you're only working for this marshmallow temporarily. *sigh* I need to punch something."

The not-so-cool:
Ooopha. There's a scene where Batman is chasing Magpie as she giddily runs away over the rooftops of Gotham, and makes a pretty impressive leap off of a building, only to have Bats bind her ankles together with a bat-rope. The line then makes her fall and crash a floor or two down, against the side of a building! That would have probably KILLED a regular person. Granted, she claws her way free to fall and land on a car, only to regenerate and run away, but Bats didn't know that. Holy crap, Batman doesn't always think when he acts, does he? 

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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/23/2013 7:54:31 AM

 Maybe he was just lucky she regenerated. And it was a rookie mistake. Damn, I wiish I could watch these but I can't since I'm in Thailand.

fenngibbon 7/23/2013 8:25:39 AM

 The one thing I didn't like about the episode was Magpie going "Shiny, shiny."   It just reminded me too much of Eva Mendes's character in The Spirit, and who wants to be reminded of that thoroughly meh movie?

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 7/23/2013 8:39:18 AM

Just found a way to watch the episode. Batman had her safely. She's the one that cut the rope.

shac2846 7/23/2013 8:53:04 AM

 Show is still excellent. Really digging this interpretation. Hope it doesn't get axed early.

dojen1 7/23/2013 9:56:45 AM

@Fenngibbon: "shiny, shiny" is appropriate here. Magpies are birds known for snatching up shiny things and taking them to their nests. I agree it was bit annoying, but still consistent with the character. She was rendered very sexily too, I think. The show is growing on me.

skoora 7/23/2013 10:27:47 AM

 I can't stand the way they've drawn his head and face in the costume. He looks fine as Bruce Wayne but as Batman, way too triangular and the lips look pouty and just not masculine. Otherwise it's not bad but that factor is enough to put me off it.

Chopsaki 7/23/2013 5:53:37 PM

 Another solid episode and the Magpie psychology was quite interesting.

decepticons2 7/23/2013 7:04:22 PM

The costume makes me think of Val Kilmer for some reason. I would be completly happy if they worked on fleshing out less known or new characters. I think we can all say we have seen enough Joker to allow for some new rogues.

That being said, does Alfred voice actor make you think hes australian and not british? Two oh god is the animation bad. I swear I have seen better amature projects on youtube. Hell Reboot tv show 20 years old had about the same quality.

alienstatue 7/23/2013 10:20:56 PM

Watched it OnDemand and I'm digging it still. Good story so far and I also like the concentration on the lesser known villians. They have good back stories and good voice acting that it keeps me interested. I'm in no rush to see Joker or Two Face. Lesser known villians are good with me. Good Action too. Looking forward to the next episode

johnnydestructo1 7/23/2013 10:21:42 PM

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium: I'm talking about him lassoing her feet in midair, causing her to fall and slam into the side of the building. That could have snapped her neck

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