Batman: The Brave & The Bold #21
DC Comics (November 2010)WRITER: Landry Q. Walker ARTIST: Eric Jones COLORIST: David Rodriguez LETTERER: Travis Lanham ASSISTANT EDITOR: Chynna Clugston Flores EDITORS: Harvey Richards & Scott Peterson
After teaming with the Lady Blackhaws to take on the Dinosaur Gang (a bunch of humanoids with dinosaur heads), Batman’s rest (such as this Batman ever rests) is interrupted when an asteroid crashes in the center of Gotham City unleashing a plant army (between this and last month’s The Incredibles, I’m thinking Landry has plants on his mind) and a space menace known as Robert who plans to take over the usual. Luckily, Green Lantern Hal Jordan arrives to help, and Batman takes Robert on a permanent trip.
Am I the only one who thinks this story was made exclusively for Chris Sims, and Sims just let us share the fun?
What they got right: This being the last issue until the reboot (silly move), and the last time Landry and Eric will be working on this title (stupid move, but that’s becoming the norm at DC Kids), they decided to go out with a bang. Every page is filled with the good kind of crazy, and this is probably the last time (by editorial fiat, like I said, stupid) that the comic will feel this close to the cartoon as far as story style. (One can only hope that they’ll at least try to retain the art style, but based on history I have my doubts.)
What they got wrong: Hal Jordan again? He hasn’t been in the cartoon once and two writers (who probably didn’t compare notes) use him in the scope of three issues. The Earth Lantern on the TV series is Guy Gardner (because poor Kyle continues to get the shaft by everybody), but we have to have more Hal, because goodness knows he’s one of the chosen deities of DC. I’m sure Landry will now yell at me, but as much as I love his run (certainly better than the subs we’ve had), I have to call this one out.
Recommendation: Since this is the last time you’ll see these guys on this title, read and realize that putting them on was probably the best idea DC Kids ever had, which if you’ve read my Billy Batson reviews continues to prove that DC Kids hates good ideas as much as the mainline.
Tomorrow’s Comic> Cartoon Network Action Pack #51–what, no reboot for this line?
- SDCC: The end of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (blogs.coventrytelegraph.net)