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Showcase Presents Brave and the Bold Vol. 3 Paperback – December 23, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Showcase Presents
  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219857
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on March 20, 2009
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Volume 3 of this collection continues the trend of the previous volumes by giving us the Batman team-ups of "Brave and the Bold". The thing that sets this collection apart is the fact that Jim Aparo drew almost every issue, so the artwork here is consistent and absolutely first class all the way.

There are some nice team-ups here. The cover depicts Batman's team-up with the Joker, which is one of the better stories in the collection as far as plot goes. Not a lot on action, but it has a nice twist at the end and it was fun to see Batman fighting alongside his greatest enemy. Mister Miracle makes his team-up debut here, spicing things up nicely. Unfortunately, as with the other collections, there are a lot of repeats of guest stars. The Metal Men and Sgt. Rock keep coming back about every 8 issues or so.

A really nice story here involved Plastic Man and Metamorpho teaming up with Batman. It was cool to see Plas and Metamorpho fighting it out at one point. Even Jim Aparo himself sneaks into one of the stories!

I have to give this collection high marks because of the consistently great artwork and the introduction of some nice co-stars like Mister Miracle, The Atom, and the Flash, but that constant return of Sgt. Rock and the Metal Men every few issues really got old. Still, I'd recommend this book and will eagerly buy the next volume when it comes out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Klecan on June 25, 2012
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As was mentioned by a reviewer before, I too was always taken by the Neal Adams work, but then I stumbled on Aparo. ....what an artist!!! I know that Adams was so popular at that time, that all the artist working on Batman issues copied his style, but Aparo is a hidden gem. It takes me forever to read through Showcase Brave and the Bold vol 1, 2, and 3. Each panel is a masterpiece of artwork and inking. Aparo's Batman is lithe, elegant and some of the panel's POV are unbelievable. Incredible that he maintained this masterful work panel after panel after panel. When will DC publish the rest of his work!!!! I'm waiting patiently.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Keith on September 9, 2010
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For me Batman's never been better than those wonderful Neal Adams issues from the early 1970s. Perhaps I'm mistaken. After reading this collection I think this Haney/Aparo run is Batman at peak. Great guest stars. Great stories. This is Batman as a two-fisted world-class detective with James Bond like gadgets here and there. I miss that Batman. Since Frank Miller's Dark Knight in the 80s he's just been a thug with a grudge. If you like Batman, treat yourself right and get a copy. Or, go ahead and get the whole 3 volumes of this series.
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These stories from 1973-1975 represent a Batman in transition. Eco-terrorist-pimping-his-daughter Ra's Al Ghul had been introduced as Batman's primary adversary, the Joker was once more homicidal and diabolical, and Robin was no longer a comfortable fit for the Batcave. While still active in WORLD'S FINEST with Superman and the smartest member of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, Batman was being groomed by DC as a brooding, isolated figure, no longer the kooky guy satirized in the Batman TV show. Bob Haney and Jim Haney address this creative challenge by giving us a Batman who ends his adventures often with a guffaw or simply shrugging his shoulders with Commissioner Gordon: he hasn't lost his sense of humor, yet. Haney also traffics heavily in the then-concurrent Kirbyverse, here, with The Demon, Kamandi and 2 appearances by Mister Miracle. With multiple appearances by the Metal Men, Aquaman, Sgt. Rock and four (!) by Wildcat, one can see that Haney & Aparo were pushing themselves thematically. The most audacious story is in #124's "Small War of the Super Rifles" (1976) in which Aparo, Haney and editor Murray Boltinoff appear as themselves while Batman and Sgt. Rock deal with terrorists! Usually, this sort of artistic stunt is a cameo or a gimmick, but, here, it serves and fuels the story. The secret of the Haney/Aparo team is that they were fearless, flexible and fierce about putting Batman through his paces and damn the internal continuity! This affordable edition is a wonderful reminder of Haney and Aparo being quite brave and very bold, and has classic stories from this fertile Batman period!
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