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Batman: The Brave and the Bold Paperback – January 19, 2010
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The first story in this book was my favorite. I couldn't find a title for it, but the premise is: Batman is laid up with an injury, and Gotham City needs a Batman. Enter pretty much every hero Batman has ever partnered with. (Yes, that's an exaggeration, but not by much.) Other characters featured in this book include Huntress (yay!), the Teen Titans, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern (...as might be assumed, given the title). Some of the villains include Cyborg Superman, the Joker, the Penguin, and Egghead.
These stories truly embody the tone of the TV show (i.e., you won't find any dark and brooding Batman here). It's definitely a fun read for all ages.
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.
The book gets off to a great start in Issue 13 when Batman breaks his leg and Gotham criminals take full advantage. But then Green Arrow decides to step in as Batman, as does Shazam, Aquaman, and Plastic Man. Aquaman's particularly funny as he keeps his Blonde Mustache. Generally, just a blast of a story: A.
Issue 14 starts off with Batman and Plastic Man battling the Scarecrow but then it becomes a Huntress story. Batman thinks she's interested in romance and that's why she's acting odd on the case. However, she's got something different in mind and when Batman finds out what it is, he feels like a jerk. Regular DC Universe Batman probably wouldn't care, but that's why B&B Batman is a better person. Grade: B+
Issue 16 has Wonder Woman teaming up with Batman against Egghead with some great dialogue and some fantastic splash pages. Downside is I don't like the face drawn for Wonder Woman at all. Grade: A-
Issue 18 is the weakest in the book and it's big fault is trying to do much. The first half of the story is dedicated to Batman and Martian Manhunter battling an evil White Martian. The second has the evil White Martian trying to take over Batman's mind with Dr. Fate involved. This story could have used a few extra pages to develop well. Grade: C+
Issue 19 has Green Lantern battling the evil Cyborg Superman and sending his ring to Earth to Batman and Batman becomes a Green Lantern and even recites the Green Lantern oath. Simply awesome.Read more ›
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