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Showcase Presents: The Brave and the Bold - The Batman Team-Ups, Vol. 2 Paperback – December 26, 2007

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Grade 7 Up–Robin is easy to like because he is fallible and immature. This volume includes a good portion of the late '60s/early '70s comics featuring The Boy Wonder. As a college student, he has to face the dominant issues of the day, namely civil unrest and campus radicalism. Comic art from this period is entirely black and white, with heavy lines and lots of background and shading. It can be a daunting visual and takes some time to get used to. While some cultural issues may fly over readers' heads, for the most part the book has plenty of action, strong characters, and the ever-present sarcastic asides that make comics such fun to read.–John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216757
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok, bone weary of people bleating about how these books are in black & white.
Newsflash for the few comic fans who still don't know: Showcase Presents & Marvel Essentials are in black & white, ok? Get over it. It's still exceptional value for money.
As for B & B 2, well, it's clearly a VAST improvement on vol 1. Sure there is some great Neal Adams stuff in the previous volume, but there's a lot
of old tat as well.
Herein, you get Adams, Nick Cardy and THE Brave & Bold artist, ( Also the best Batman artist ever. Discuss. ) Jim Aparo, along with stories from the
insane genius of Bob Haney.
Haney was the kind of writer who never let realism, continuity or even simple logic get in the way of a good story. And his B & B stories are always mad flights of fun. Remember when comics were FUN?
( For instance, in vol. 1, witness the Bats / Sgt. Rock tale, where he gets around the tricky problem of having two characters from different times meet, by having Bats simply say " Back when I was in WW2, I met Sgt. Rock ", when we all know this is impossible. You have to admire that kind of chutzpah. )
Similarly, when teamed with Aparo, Haney seems let off the leash, and promptly puts Bats through: Being possessed by the ghost of a wooden legged sailor / Selling his soul to the Devil / Foretelling the exact date of his own death and, in the best story, being paralyzed in a wheelchair.
( Which stops him chasing the bad guy not one iota. )
This is brilliant, brilliant stuff, and well worth your money.
Don't let anyone tell you different.
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This is another great Showcase book by DC. The stories are self contained in one issue and don't drag out for months in a prolonged manner just to sell a tpb. Batman is fairly close to the Dark Knight we all know and love but is a little bit less despondant in his personality. Great art and fun stories featuring most of the DC 2nd division heroes of the early 70s. I guess this title was used by DC to keep some characters active by throwing them in with Batman so they would not be forgotten.It's definitely worth buying for 12 bucks or so.
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The 1970s was an interesting time for Robin. He got to go solo which would help towards his development in the 1980s when he becomes Nightwing. Dick Grayson is one of the few characters I am able to read comics that pre-date the 1980s, mostly because its easy to reconcile his era with the modern era unlike Batman and Superman.

The stories range from the end of the Silver Age to the first few years of the Bronze Age. Some stories feel out of place such as Robin's team ups with Jimmy Olsen, Superman, and the Justice League mostly because it doesn't mix with the more grounded stuff going on in the back up stories of Detective and Batman. However, I feel the low point of the book comes from Mike Friedrich. Most people seem to like his run but I didn't enjoy his stories. Most of it was overly political in the worst way. The stories try to balance liberal and conservatism but some stories clearly mischaracterize the opponent's argument too much. The worst stories had to be "Danger Comes A-Looking", "Wiped Out", "Vengeance for a Cop" and "The Outcast Society". They are preachy and valid talking points are turned into extremism for no reason other than the fact that DC at that time was run by old men that didn't understand young people at all (which is why to this day they struggle behind Marvel).

I actually found the best stories to be written by Elliot Maggin and Bob Rozakis which take up the last 100 or so pages of the book. Mostly because the stories are just fun adventures minus all the annoying politics that plagued Friedrich's run.

As for the lack of color, I actually find that it makes the art stand out more and makes it much easier to take the stories more seriously than if they were in color. It feels less like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
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This is the second in the Batman Brave & The Bold Team Ups, and I have to say it's better than the first volume in a lot of ways. For one thing, you have Neal Adams and Jim Aparo supplying art throughout. That gives you two of the best Batman artists of the 60's and 70's in the same book. There's always a different self-contained story in each issue, so you don't have time to get bored with anything. Those are the positives.

The negatives are the amazing amount of repeat guests you have in these twenty-something issues. Two stories featuring Sgt. Rock (of all people), the Teen Titans (complete with the "hip" 60's slang), Black Canary, and Green Arrow. Some stars only rated one issue, like Wonder Woman (during her powerless phase), Plastic Man, Metal Men, and The Bat Squad (don't ask...it's easily the worst story in the book). Heroes like Deadman and The Flash are sorely underused in this run. Both of them get one story each to shine, and they should have been more in there.

Hopefully the next volume will pick up with a few different guest stars rather than recycling the old ones over and over again. Hawkman, The Atom, and even The Elongated Man would make better guests than Sgt. Rock or the Bat Squad. Still, this is better than not having the stories at all. It's a nice glimpse into the past that was leading up to the best years of the Brave & The Bold stories ahead.
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