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Brave & The Bold Vol. 1: Lords Of Luck Paperback – December 16, 2008
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Grade 8 Up–Way back when, there was a comic-book series called The Brave and the Bold wherein superheroes would team up to battle villainy. Comics star Waid relaunches the series with The Lords of Luck, taking readers on a planet-hopping romp through the DC universe. The story begins when Green Lantern and Batman join forces to investigate a murder. The plot quickly becomes interstellar when Adam Strange, Blue Beetle, Supergirl, and others are enlisted for help. The convoluted plot (aliens attempting to control fate itself) is secondary to the real point of the story, which is an opportunity to play with the heroes and history of DC comics. Longtime readers will likely get the most from this book, which is so packed with references to the DC archives that it even comes with an appendix describing the many references to past stories. Epic in scale, but lighthearted in spirit, this is a book for lovers of heroic adventure comics. Legendary artist Pérez has a distinct, straightforward style and does a commendable job of depicting the scores of characters who populate the pages.–Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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The Hernandez brothers’ long-running alt-comic Love and Rockets here changes formats from comic book to annual trade paperback. For the first new-look volume, Jaime returns to his roots. The early episodes of his Locas series contained skewed superhero elements, and now supporting character Penny Century has finally gained long-desired superpowers, at the cost of her sanity, and a dysfunctional gang of superheroines must stop her intergalactic rampage. This departure from the realism of Jaime’s recent work retains his humanistic characterization, wry humor, and sensuously slick artwork. Meanwhile, Gilbert presents a cluster of more experimental stories that include a wanderer’s trek through a desolate countryside, a gay man seeking escape in a snowy refuge, a kangaroo that hits the jackpot in Vegas, a Martin-and-Lewis-like comedy duo that gets snatched into outer space, and, in a story written by third brother Mario, shenanigans in a Mexican village. All display Gilbert’s daringly bold graphic sensibility. The volume’s impressive diversity augurs well for the new format, even if the annual wait between installments may feel frustrating to longtime fans. --Gordon Flagg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One of the strengths of the Brave and Bold concept, is that it pairs unlikely characters or at least, teams up likeable characters for specific adventures, that help to contrast the strengths and weaknesses of each. Mark Waid exploits this premise to the fullest extent here. As a reader, you get pulled in right away, with an intriguing pairing of Batman and Green Lantern, which starts off oddly enough in space, but at one point ends up with both characters in their civilian identities gambling in Vegas. The contrast between the characters, in terms of dress, and in their approach to Blackjack for instance, is classically in character, and typical of Waid's thoughtfulness as a writer. The interplay between Green Lantern and Supergirl (She's sixteen!") is hilarious at several points, and Waid's gift for characterization makes every character seem strong and fresh and individual. The story traverses several planets and involves several heroes, including Blue Beetle, Adam Strange and others, and is at times, genuinely hilarious. Lobo's encounter with Supergirl is actually engaging and makes sense from a story perspective.
It's a satisfying story experience in its own right, but of course, what makes this an exceptional volume and a must own is the gorgeous, sumptuous feast-for-the-eyes that is the art of George Perez. Although Perez is not inked by his best inker here, his work is nevertheless so strong and so impressive, that every page is a joy to behold. If for nothing else, the excellent pencils of Perez makes this volume essential for his fans and pretty much anyone else who likes solid, good old fashioned comics with a satisfying plot in each issue.
I can't say enough positive things about this volume, and give it my highest recommendation. It's also a much better collection that the second in the series, "The Book of Destiny," where Waid's notoriously short attention span starts to get the better of him, and the series begins to flounder. Get this if you like the DCU, have enjoyed anything by Mark Waid before, are a fan of George Perez, or are a casual comics reading looking for a good story with great art to immerse yourself in the DCU.
But this book is simply not them at their best. It seems like a winning match, two huge fans of DC's universe playing with whatever characters catch their eye, all the while telling a bigger story.
But the book suffers from Waid having far too much love for the mediocre ideas of the silver age. The book reads too much like fan-fic, lots of Easter eggs but no real meaning. Waid's own notes talk about how he worked to reference old Adam Strange and Challengers of the Unknown stories. This is nice but it ends up intrusive, the storyline does nothing really new and the fact that the final deus ex machina is based on 50 year old comic books does not make it any more fulfilling.
That being said, some of the character moments are good, the Supergirl/Lobo team up is a lot of fun. Batman and Blue Beetle are another good pair.
Perez's art is as pretty as ever but I wish it had served a more ambicious book than Waid's exercise in nostalgia.
Anyways, the story is a combination of the present and the future mainly (well, maybe a little tiny bit about the past...).
Furthermore, I like the way they team up the DCU heroes together.My favourite parts were when Batman went into the future and the team up with blue beetle.
I recommend readers who like Batman, Hal Jordan, Supergirl or the leigion of superheroes to read it.
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Mark Waid is, as always, a wonderful story teller, and an expert of the Superhero.Read more