Batman's first mystery: finding out who drew all over his magnifying glass

Batman: The Brave & The Bold #20

guest-star: Big Barda

DC Comics/Johnny DC (November 2010)

WRITER: Robert Greenberger
PENCILER: Robert Pope
INKER: Scott McRae
COLORS: Heroic Age
LETTERER: Travis Lanham
ASSISTANT EDITORS: Harvey Richards & Chynna Clugston Flores
EDITORS: Michael Siglain & Scott Peterson

Big Barda seeks Batman’s help when Mister Miracle is kidnapped. The perpetrators are the Female Furies of Apokolips in hopes of dragging Barda back to their evil ranks. Luckily, our heroes are able to take down the Furies and the happy couple reunite. (That’s married couple. Taking notes, writers?)

What they got right: It’s the little touches in the story that I like, such as Batman taking exception to Scott Free’s title as “the World’s Greatest Escape Artist”, the nod to a famous Mister Miracle cover, Barda telling her suburban neighbor to get inside…the little things.

What they got wrong: The story ends short, so rather than put in the typical pre-story fight (a nod to the cartoon), we get told about one and then they reprint the Martian Manhunter story from the Free Comic Book Day sampler–which they already used a few issues ago! At least give us an original story, or the pre-story fight that your supposed to give us!

Recommendation: A rather calm story by this title’s standards, but still worth a read.

What's better than Batman using weapons? Batman AS a weapon!

Tomorrow’s Comic> Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam! #19

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A would be comic writer looking to organize his living space as well as his thoughts. So I have a blog for each goal. :)

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