Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Johnny DC falls flat!

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1(DC – Wayne / Suriano / Davis)

Jumping out of your TV and into your comics comes the highly anticipated new cartoon BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD! Each month, The Dark Knight Detective faces challenges that only he can solve – with a little help from his DC Universe pals! Thrill as Batman visits new places and old friends. Chill as he chases down the most powerful villains in the DCU, armed with only his Bat-gadgets and his wits! In this awesome first issue, show writer Matt Wayne (Justice League, Ben 10: Alien Force) joins forces with Andy Suriano and Dan Davis to bring you “The Panic of the Composite Creature,” a tale of terror and adventure! All this action plus Batman’s secret files await you each and every month. So hang on to your seats, and get ready for the read of your life!

My daughters and I (okay, mostly me) have been checking out the new The Brave and The Bold cartoon, which is solidly done and a good 21 minutes of fun. So, I get my daughters a subscription to the comic book based on the series. The DC kids line has had some pretty wonderful stuff that the whole family enjoyed and I highly recommend (Tiny Titans, Billy Batson, Scooby Doo, etc.) so I figured this was a safe bet.

Now I understand it’s a kids comic, so don’t have high expectations, right? Wrong! I’m spending my money to share my love for comics and the DCU on my children and I get this garbage? The story is so packed full of characters and sidebars that the average 8 year old can’t enjoy what’s going on. And the art… Egads! The art! It’s horrible! Not even close! Everything is over inked and has too thick of lines. Every figure has a bulky look about them that makes me wonder if this takes place in the alternate Earth where everyone is a midget wrestler. For Alfred’s sake, Power Girl looks like a transvestite.

This is for the powers that be over at Johnny DC, put this one in the box and give more books to Franco and Baltazar!

Grade: D-

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Updated: November 2, 2010 — 11:03 am

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