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Batman: The Brave and the Bold Paperback – January 19, 2010

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Matt Wayne is the scenarist of the TV series Batman The Brave and the Bold, Ben Ten and Alien Force. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Batman
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226503
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,046,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Batman Brave and the Bold provides a kid-friendly panorama of the DC Univese. This book collects Issue 1-6 of the series based on the popular Cartoon Network program.

In this book, we get appearance by Powergirl, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Captain Marvel (Shazam), and a Golden Age style Kid Eternity. Villians include the pre-Crisis Mad Scientist version of Lex Luthor, the Mad Thinker, the Ultra-humanite, Dr. Cyber, the Queen of Fables, and General Immortus. On top of that, the book follows the format of the series with a short lead in adventure before the main event which allows readers to take a Superman, Wonder-woman, Haunted Tank, and Hour Man.

The book's big benefit is that it introduces kids to more innocent and wholesome versions of comic characters than they'll see anywhere else. Unfortunately, the stories are a mixed bag. Issues 1 and 2 are horendous and Issues 5 and 6 are mediocre. It'd be tempting to merely blame the format, particularly trying to include a 2 page lead in story in a comic book.

However, Issues 3 and 4 are real gems. In Issue 3, Batman has to impersonate the President to save him from being kidnapped and we get to see "President Batman" deal with Congressional gridlock Batman-style. Issue 4 was great from start to finish with the best two page lead-in story in the book and a crazy time travel adventure. True enough, it had some environmentalist propaganda in it, but it was still a fun story.

Series such as Superman Adventures and Spider-girl have shown that you don't have to be banal to create an all ages series: clever writing can be done in a fun and kid-friendly way. The two middle stories proved the same point and I only hope that future Brave and the Bold books are more fun than forgettable and these characters are given the type of stories they deserve.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. VINE VOICE on March 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
"Batman: The Brave and the Bold" is a polished, engaging collection of the first six issues of the comic book of the same name, presenting to readers a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek take on DC comics' superheroes and villains. The comic-book series collected here is actually based on the "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" television cartoon program, with sports the same light, kid-oriented tone. From what I can tell, however, the stories in this book are original creations, done in the style of the TV show but not adapting specific stories from it. The stories in this volume were written by either Matt Wayne or J. Torres, both DC regulars, and drawn by a variety of artists, all skillfully keeping to a specific light, bouncy style obviously created for this series.

It seems we've come full circle with our superheroes. Time was, viewers like me were annoyed that cartoons always messed up our favorite comic book heroes, making them too stiff, or worse, goofy, and usually saddling them with a stupid animal sidekick for comic relief. But now, probably because we more than have our fill of grim and gritty superheroes on TV these days, we don't mind the occasional light, retro take on our masked, caped friends. At least, that's how I feel: as long as there are plenty of straight-up, fairly adult television adaptations of my favorite heroes, I can enjoy the occasional goofy elements in shows like the animated "Teen Titans", and the overall it's-all-in-fun tone of comic books like this one.

Every story in this collection starts out with a two-page (no more and no less) mini-adventure prior to the issue's main business. I'm guessing this emulates the cartoon series, which probably features a mini-adventure prior to the opening credits, and then the main story after the credits.
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