BatChat With Matt & Will Episode 39: The Never-Ending War Game (w/ Josh Weil)

Dick Grayson-tier Patreon backer Josh Weil is back this week, and he brings with him a heck of a story. War Games was the early 00s crossover where a huge gang war breaks out in Gotham, and so, we get a 25 park crossover! That’s the longest single story we’ve covered in here. Can we make it? What do we cover for the other three stories? How man problematic elements are in this story? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

  • War Games (Batman: The Twelve Cent Adventure #1, Detective Comics V.1 #797-799, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182-184, Nightwing V.2 #96-98, Batman: Gotham Knights #56-58, Robin V.2 #129-131, Batgirl V.1 #55-57, Catwoman V.3 #34-36, Batman V.1 #631-633)
  • Night of the Penguin (Detective Comics V.1 #824)
  • The Little Red Book (Batman Adventures V.1 #9)

Content Warning: I usually save these for the episode, and we added an intro to the beginning for those who don’t read this text, but this week, we needed to call this out up front. We record these episode a month out, so sometimes, situations change and we can’t really shuffle the episodes around because of ranking. This week’s episode features a story where a school shooting is central to the action. This has become even more triggering than usual over the course of the time since the episode was recorded, so while it is not something discussed in detail, it is present and we wanted to let you know, in case you wanted to skip the first 40 minutes or so of the episode.

Also, Matt and Will have decided to donate all the Patreon revenue for this month to the Violence Policy Center, a non-profit that “works to stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration.” If you haven’t joined the Patreon yet, this might be a good month to kick in a dollar, listen through the back catalog of bonus stuff, and if you want to drop off after July 1st, we completely understand, but know that this month your money is going to something bigger than our silly little show. Or stick around and listen to more of our silly little show. Up to you. But we feel like we need to do something because things need to change. And superhero comics are inherently political, no matter what anybody might say.

Be sure to check out this week’s BatChat column, where we look at Batman #124, Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #3, and Batman: Killing Time #3-4.

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Matt Lazorwitz read his first comic at the age of five. It was Who's Who in the DC Universe #2, featuring characters whose names begin with B, which explains so much about his Batman obsession. He writes about comics he loves, and co-hosts the creator interview podcast WMQ&A with Dan Grote.

Will Nevin loves bourbon and AP style and gets paid to teach one of those things. He is on Twitter far too often.