All-New Brave and the Bold Continues DC’s Kids Line

Looks like my concerns about the end of DC’s kids’ titles were premature.

All-New Brave and the Bold #1

The DC Source blog has announced a relaunch: The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold brings back the team-up title with a new creative team, writer Sholly Fisch (who used to work on Super Friends) and artist Rick Burchett.

The first two issue guest stars will be Superman and Shazam! (whom we oldies know better as Captain Marvel). We’re told that “the series promises to surround the Caped Crusader with an A-list cast of co-stars and surprise guests, in the same fun, energetic vein as the hit cartoon television program”. I guess that means no more wacky, forgotten guest stars, only those well-known ones that will draw the numbers. ANBBATB (hee hee) launches in November.

I should have known this title wouldn’t be gone for long, since the cartoon it ties into is still running, Fridays at 7:30 Eastern on the Cartoon Network. That’s DC’s criteria for most of its kids’ books these days — does it coordinate with a cartoon or action figure line? And a new #1 is always good to goose sales.

4 Responses to “All-New Brave and the Bold Continues DC’s Kids Line”

  1. Thad Says:

    Good — I suspected as much, since the cartoon’s still running (though I read recently that the next season will be the last and we’ll get a new CG Batman toon after that).

    I haven’t actually read any of the comic version of TB&TB but I hear good things, and I love the cartoon. (And the game looks pretty great too.)

  2. Argo Plummer Says:

    I saw this news on a different site yesterday (sorry, I stray sometimes Johanna) and was thrilled. I love cartoon and the comic and am thrilled to see it continue. I will miss the less popular, forgotten guest stars (I think Sugar and Spike might be my favorite moment from the comic series), but that’s a small price to pay to get this monthly goodness. It makes sense that DC would put the “big boys” in this comic with the supposed new coordination between DC’s various media arms. It is no coincidence that the first two guest stars are also featured in a DVD that will be released in between the first two issues shipping.

    I am also happy to see Sholly Fisch on the title (though I will miss J Torres)–he did a great job on Super Friends (my 5 year old loved that–hopefully DC will do the right thing and finish out his subscription to Super Friends with issues of this title) and ecstatic to see Rick Burchett as the artist–love his stuff.

  3. Johanna Says:

    You’re right, it’s not surprising that this is also going along with DC/Warner’s “focus only on the characters already known” current approach, but I fear I’m going to get awfully tired of seeing the same four or five characters — especially since none of them seem to be female.

  4. Bill D. Says:

    I get the reason for this change in approach, but seeing Batman team up with folks like Sugar & Spike and Super-Hip was my favorite thing about this book.




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