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