Batman: The Brave and the Bold

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season One
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Season OneOdds are if you’re a Batman: The Brave and the Bold fan you’ve long ago picked up the episodes on DVD. Tired of waiting years for a complete set (or even separate full season sets) I eventually picked up the heavily discounted the previously half-season releases. However for those who have been holding out, or those unfamiliar with the show until now, the Complete First Season has finally arrived on both Blu-ray and DVD.

The set-up was relatively simple. Borrowing both its premise and its title from DC’s long-running team-up book which ran from 1955-1983, the show teamed Batman (Diedrich Bader) up with a revolving cast of guest-stars heroes (from both the Silver Age and pre-New 52 Mondern Age) to take on various threats and super-villains over the show’s three-year run. Collecting the first 26 episodes of the series on 4 discs (or 2 Blu-rays), which is arguably the weakest of the bunch as you can tell the show was struggling to find the right mix of Bat-tastic adventure and Silver Age campiness which became its trademark style.

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The All New Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Small MiraclesSmall Miracles collects six comics from the two series inspired by the Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated series. The highlight of the collection is the inclusion of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #13 which features all six Robins (Dick GraysonJason ToddTim Drake, Stephanie BrownDamian, and Carrie Kelly) brought together through time by the Phantom Stranger to save Batman‘s life by taking on Ra’s al Ghul and The League of Assassins.

Also included in this collection is the entertaining adventure involving Batgirl fighting off the infatuation of Bat-Mite while helping Batman fight crime, Batman and Mister Miracle working to escape Darkseid‘s trap, and the Dark Knight Detective in a race with the Flash to solve a crime in Keystone City. The collection also includes the well-meaning but hamfisted true meaning of Chanukah, and several cameos from DC heroes.

It’s not a must-have but the inclusion of the Robin story, and a pair of fun team-ups with Flash and Batgirl made it worth adding this to my collection.

[DC, $12.99]

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The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #16

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2012

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batman-all-new-brave-and-bold-16-coverThe latest, and sadly last, issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold find Batman dealing with the return of Bat-Mite. However, this time around it isn’t Batman who’s the focus of the imp’s attention – it’s Batgirl.

When Batman loans his more obscure costumes to Gotham Fashion Week Batmite decides to give them out to Mad Mod and his gang (for his amusement), but when Batgirl shows up to help save the day Bat-Mite becomes immeadiately smitten with the female crime-fighter.

The issue works well as a Valentine’s Day tale twisted with Bat-Mite’s own warped logic such as conjuring up three music-based super-villains (Pied Piper, the Fiddler, the Music Meister) or reading old issue of Lois Lane to find ways to woo Batgirl.

Bat-Mite manages to take the rejection rather well, and finds a new target for his amorous advances. It’s not a bad end to the series but with the show already off the air and the rest of the New 52 Bat-titles firmly entrenched in a far less stories there certainly seems like there’s a market to keep this title around. I’m going to be sad to see it go. Worth a look.

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The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14

by Alan Rapp on December 17, 2011

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all-new-batman-brave-and-bold-14-coverWell, they can’t all be winners. The latest issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold isn’t horrible, but for a comic that’s been consistently entertaining for months a story centered around Ragman and the true meaning of Chanukah is a bit of a misstep.

After helping Blue Beetle take down Crazy Quilt, the Rainbow Raider and Doctor Spectro, Batman heads further into the rougher part of town and helps Ragman stop a plot by a big real estate conglomerate to scare and force the poor out of their homes and buy the property cheap.

Along the way we get a lesson in the true meaning of Chanukah and Ragman’s heart grows three sizes (wait, that last part may be from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas).

I know the title is geared towards younger readers, and this is a holiday issue, but it has done a pretty good job not talking down to them and spoon feeding them issues (religious or otherwise), which we get more than our fill of here. Hit-and-Miss.

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Mitefall!

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2011

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  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Mitefall!
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After watching Batman (Diedrich Bader) and Aquaman (John Di Maggio) stop Gorilla Grodd (Di Maggio) from stealing a ocean laboratory with the use of robotic sharks Bat-Mite (Paul Reubens) laments the Silver Age hijinks of his favorite show who he believes has jumped the shark (literally!). In the mood for a more dramatic version of the Caped Crusader the imp decides to use his power to sink the show for good in Batman: The Brave and the Bold‘s final episode.

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The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #13

by Alan Rapp on November 14, 2011

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all-new-batman-brave-and-bold-13-coverWith Batman near death the Phantom Stranger assembles Robins throughout time to save the Dark Knight Detective. Dick Grayson (in his original Nightwing costume), Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, Damian, and Carrie Kelly are all brought together to save their partner.

After some initial in-fighting (including Damian and Steph going at it over whether a girl can actually be Robin) the sidekicks come up with a plan. They will sneak the dying Batman into one of Ra’s al Ghul‘s Lazarus Pits and use it to revive him.

Longtime Batman fans should definitely seek this issue out and pick it up. Aside from being the only comic where you’re going to get this assembly of characters, writer Sholly Fisch and artist Rick Burchett take time to make several references to Batman’s history including “Robin Dies at Dawn.”

The comic ends with a discussion between the Phantom Stranger and Madame Xanadu. Xanadu congratulates the Stranger on the success of his plan but reminds him Robin wasn’t Batman’s only partner. Best of the week.

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Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth!

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2011

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  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth!
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Much to Guy Gardner‘s (James Arnold Taylor) chagrin the JLI hosts a special meeting with the Justice Society of America aboard their satellite. The gives Fire, Ice (Jennifer Hale), Captain Marvel (Jeff Bennett), Captain Atom, Aquaman (John Di Maggio), Booster Gold, Blue Beetle (Will Friedle), Martian Manhunter (Nicholas Guest), and Guy Gardner the opportunity to mix with Jay Garrick (Andy Milder), Alan Scott (Corey Burton), Hourman, Doctor Fate, Wildcat (R. Lee Ermey), Doctor Midnight (Burton), Hawkman, the Spectre, Sandman, Mister Terrific, and Starman (Bennett).

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Batman, Zatanna, and Monsters! Oh My!

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2011

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all-new-batman-brave-and-bold-12-coverI’m not sure why many of DC’s best comics come from their kids line or why it’s so hard for comic book shops to stock these, but when I find one I make sure to grab it. The latest issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold features Batman and Zatanna and a whole host of cameos from lesser known DC heroes and villains who fit perfectly into a Halloween tale.

Batman calls on Zatanna to help him track down the person responsible for breaking into the House of Mystery and turning Abel into in a tree. Their search for the magic users responsible leads to battles Doctor Destiny and Mr. Mxyzptlk before the true culprit is unmasked.

The final battle gives us a super-sized throwdown between the conjured up villains (Man-Bat, the Monk, Dala, Blockbuster, Solomon Grundy, werewolves, monstermen) and Batman, Zatanna, and their friends (Deadman, the Spectre, Etrigan, Blue Devil, Swamp Thing, Tomcat). However, victory isn’t won with fists but with words as Batman starts to understand how to use the rules of magic to his advantage. Best of the week.

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Bold Beginnings!

by Alan Rapp on October 16, 2011

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  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Bold Beginnings!
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Three of Batman’s pals, Green Arrow (James Arnold Taylor), Plastic Man (Tom Kenny), and Aquaman (John Di Maggio), find themselves captured by Mr. Freeze (Di Maggio). To help pass the time each of the characters recounts an early team-up with the Caped Crusader.

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Triumvirate of Terror!

by Alan Rapp on October 9, 2011

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  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Triumvirate of Terror!
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The intro segment is pure Silver Age foolishness (hey, I’m not complaining!) featuring the JLI battling the Legion of Doom in a baseball game called by Jimmy Olsen (Alexander Polinsky). Things look bleak for our heroes until Batman (Diedrich Bader) gives the team a rousing pep talk in the bottom of the Ninth about winning the game for the young kids watching in the stands like little Julie Schwatz and Frankie Miller (nice touch). And if that’s not enough the segment ends the only possible way it could, with a Bat-Man pun. Classic!

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