DC Comics I Liked: Superman/Batman, Brave and Bold

Superman/Batman #51 — I had no idea this title was still going, and I’m not particularly sure why. It seems to be the home for wacky “wouldn’t it be cool if?” ideas, a replacement for the old Elseworlds line.

Superman Batman #51 cover

This month, it’s the Li’l League, kid versions of DC superheroes, meeting up with the two adult title characters. I knew who was behind it much earlier than the reveal, but I have a weakness for tiny superheros. (I know, it’s a failing.) Especially jut-jawed, teeth-gritted baby Batman, whose grimness is apparently in reverse proportion to his size.

I found the retellings of the two main character origins particularly amusing. Those two were formed out of death, but that’s not in keeping with the kids’ “simpler, happier world,” so Krypton, instead of blowing up, has a Great Rain that got everything wet. The babes even conclude that the big’uns are bad guys because they’re so quick to resort to violence. (I share the feeling.) Supergirl’s secret power is stupid, but the hearts are cute.

The Brave and the Bold #16 cover

The Brave and the Bold #16 — The series as I know it is ending, with writer Mark Waid moving on and the art nowhere as good as it had been under George Perez. (Scott Kolins’ flat, non-shaded art only ever made sense to me when the Legion of Super-Heroes were trapped on the intense sun planet.)

But this story, Superman teaming up with Catwoman to infiltrate a villains’ auction, is still fun. The two have such distinct, different personalities that they play well off each other, and the story makes sense regardless of what else you’re reading. Catwoman flat-out lusts after Superman, which is refreshing in comics, to see that kind of flirting handled so light-handedly and skillfully. (And a single adult female likely would have those kinds of thoughts when viewing Superman, something only Gail Simone has picked up on before.) The twists and turns were surprising, too. An enjoyable stand-alone adventure comic — who knew they still made such things?

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 — I wanted to like this, but three Legions are too much for me. For every bit where I thought, “oh, I know what they’re referring to”, there was something else where I had no idea. (Who are the three bug-looking women crawling around the edges of the Zero Hour Legion?) And I have a problem reading anything with “Final Crisis” on it, even if here it seems mostly a meaningless marketing tie-in. Although I have a tiny little thrill seeing Koko one more time. On the other hand, I’d be happy never seeing Superboy-Prime ever again, because he’s ridiculously over-the-top in his self-promoting venom, and his motivations usually make no sense.


13 Responses to “DC Comics I Liked: Superman/Batman, Brave and Bold”

  1. Don MacPherson Says:

    The three “bug-looking women” are:

    (1) Shikari (upper right corner) – an alien tracker/walking GPS introduced during Legion Lost.

    (2) Sensor (bottom left corner) – This is the snake-like Sensor after undergoing an unwanted metamorphosis.

    (3) and Gates (bottom middle) – xenophobic teleporter.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, right, I remember Shikari — Dawnstar as Dragonfly, wasn’t she? Thank you for clearing that up. But what about the yellow with spots one in the upper left?

  3. Don MacPherson Says:

    That’s Kinetic… after undergoing an unwanted metamorphosis. :)

  4. Johanna Says:

    Someone was really big on the puberty metaphors, hunh?

  5. Don MacPherson Says:

    Don’t forget… Monstress went from being green to red as well. :)

    Heh… the Legion creators beat Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness to the punch years before their new Hulk run. :)

  6. James Schee Says:

    I thought L3W was okay, once they got past the Superboy-Prime parts. I do have a fear that all of these multiple versions of characters are being setup for cannon fodder for Superboy-Prime. (I don’t really see the need why the LSH who has so many members, would need even more from other universes included)

    This adult LSH still confuses me though. There are pieces in there from v4, v3 and other times.

  7. Alan Coil Says:

    Don MacPherson shows his geekness. :)

    Superboy Prime is that annoying nerd who is always hanging around getting on everybody’s last nerve…you know, like (fillintheblank)! {{Pick your favorite target of the week}}

  8. Don MacPherson Says:

    I accept and embrace my geekhood. :)

  9. Dave Rose Says:

    I am getting further away from DC (and Marvel) each week.

    I love the Legion and would definitely buy this were it not for the Final Crisis tie-in. A major Legion project like this is sure to be a boost for the Legion and the team of Johns and Perez should be all the draw it needs.

    Attaching it to a major crossover event could draw even more people. However, keeping it a special event of its own would be necessary to get my money. Another 5 issues of Final Crisis will only push me away.

  10. Dwight Williams Says:

    Superboy-Prime takes it further than the nerd you speak of; He goes straight into Misery territory.

  11. odessasteps magazine Says:

    Well, popular internet theory is that S-Prime is Johns’ personification of the “whining fanboy,” who “likes things better in the old days” and so forth. If it’s true, then presumably he won’t get redeemed anytime soon.

  12. Chris G. Says:

    Given that S-Prime claims to want to roll back the clock to the old days but winds up killing and dismembering truckloads of people in the process, I’d day he has more in common with Johns himself than with fanboys…

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