Review: The Untold Legend of the Batman #2

The Untold Legend of the Batman #2 cover
Cover by José Luis García-López and Dick Giordano

The Untold Legend of the Batman #2
Published and © by DC, August 1980

Title: “With Friends Like These …”
Synopsis: As a mysterious villain continues to taunt the Batman, allies Robin and Alfred look to their pasts.

Writer: Len Wein
Artist: Jim Aparo

Review: Dramatically, this second issue loses a bit of steam, mostly due to the fact Len Wein has moved on from Batman to start recounting the origins of the supporting cast. The mystery that provides a framework for this flashback-laden series proves a bit weak when the Darknight Detective isn’t center stage. Still, Wein provides some nice character moments, particularly between Batman and Robin. And, even without John Byrne (see review of previous issue), the art continues to be a highlight: Jim Aparo is one of the classic Bat-artists, and his fine work on this series only enhances that reputation.

Grade: B+

Second opinion: “3 out of 4 stars.” – Brent Frankenhoff, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1630, July 2007 

Cool factor: An excellent primer to the Bat-mythos for newbies.
Not-so-cool factor: This issue offers little new for longtime Bat-fans.

Notable: Recounts the origins of Robin, Alfred, the Joker and Two-Face.
Collector’s note: There are also cereal-premium mini-comic and book-on-tape versions of this issue.

Character quotable: “You dare to pull a gun on me?!” – The Batman, right before slapping the taste from Snitch’s mouth

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on Oct. 14, 2009.

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