Batman the Brave and the Bold #2

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Apr 2009 | DC

Writing: Matt Wayne
Art: Phil Moy
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Swands

Attack of the Virtual Villains

Superman and Batman setup Toyman for a confession. Later, El Paso, Texas gets rampaged by Trolls and Dwarves out of the Craft of War videogame. Batman turns to Blue Beetle for help and they take the fight inside the game.

We have another hashing of the getting-sucked-into-a-videogame plot. This was so like a cartoon show, i liked it.

In my experience, young people aren’t lazy and disaffected, but eager to perform their civic duty.

Particularly when they don’t have to put down a game controller to do it!

Even has that typical witty ending when everyone laughs.

The Thinker and Blue Beetle are the Secret Bat-Files this time ‘round.

This wasn’t too bad an issue. I liked the previous story better, but such is the way of cartoons and comics like them.

Batman the Brave and the Bold #1

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Mar 2009 | DC

Writing: Matt Wayne
Pencils: Andy Suriano
Ink: Dan Davis
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Randy Gentile

The Panic of the Composite Creature

After helping Aquaman defeat Carapax, Batman gets a call from Alfred telling him London’s in trouble. It’s getting attacked by a weird thing after the crown jewels. The resulting tremors gets Power Girl onto the scene and the two of them must put a stop to Luthor’s evil science.

The composite creature is an interesting idea, could have been disturbing put into a more adult comic. A creature made out of hundreds of people, faces still capable of speech. Ah, that could have been wonderful.

I’ve only caught two episodes of the cartoon and it wasn’t too bad, it’s no JLA or Beyond, but still watchable. This book is about the same and, like the show, it’s not too overly kiddy, so I can stand reading it, but like a lot of kiddy comics, there’s all that good character building stuff thrown in there that gives me the cold shivers remembering most of the things I read and watched as a child.

For all your strength, it was the brute force of your character that saved all these people.

The comic also includes "Secret Bat-Files" that describe Luthor and Power Girl. Meh, but useful if you didn’t know who they were.

Scooby-Doo #143

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Jun 2009 | DC

Wicked Witch of the West Wing
Robbie Busch
Pencils: Joe Staton
Ink: Jeff Albrecht
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Travis Lanham

Velma’s Monsters of the World Cadborosaurus
John Rozum
Pencils: Karen Matchette
Ink: Mike Decarlo
Colour: Heroic Age
Letters: Travis Lanham

Sunday in the Park with Scooby!
Paul Kupperberg
Art: Fabio Laguna
Colour: Dave Tanguay
Letters: Travis Lanham

The gang have been called in by the president to solve the mystery of the witch terrorizing the white house.

I’ll get you Mister President, and your little dog, too… AHHH—HAHAHAHA!

Typical Scoob, one of my favorite cartoons from my childhood, though back then I never realized how obvious it was to tell who the bad guy(s) were. I still catch re-runs on Cartoon Network and I like some of the recent movies they’ve made. It’s nice to see they still exist and haven’t changed too much. 

This first tale was all right, just another comic buying in to the new administration, but still a typical, yet short, Scooby adventure. Though there is one thing missing in this book: “I would have done it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” That iconic line I’ll probably remember well into my next few lives. It’s understandable why it was omitted, since the bad guy was redeemed.

After this story is another short brought to us by Velma where she talks about Canada’s Cadborosaurus. This is no Monster Hunters episode with the gang, but more of an educational bit. I must admit it is interesting and is actually something worth writing on the “Everything I learned I Learned from Scooby-Doo” poster.

There’s just one thing I’m confused on. I do watch Monster Hunters and the last episode I watched dealt with Ogopogo. They had a segment on that show dealing with the baby found in the sperm whale stomach. In this book, it’s attributed to Cadborosaurus, but even the imagery looks like Ogopogo. Coincidence? Mistake? Who knows. Perhaps they are the same creature, or I missed the reference to Cadborosaurus. I still can’t help but lean to mistake since, well, it’s Monster Hunters vs. a comic book.

When did Shaggy get smart? I don’t remember him being smart. Sunday in the Park with Scooby, he’s asked by some little leaguers to help find their ball and solve a dispute whether it was safe or foul. Yeah, it’s sports, Shaggy might now sports, but he’s still Shaggy. Unless it dealt with food, it’s a bit hard to believe he can solve things by himself.

It doesn’t stop with the ball, either. A mother lost her toddler. And she asks Shaggy?  *sigh* okay, then. Still not believing it.

The missing hot dog cart? Yeah. That’s believable. Shaggy and Scoob will always find food. Who would have thought a guy would steal a hot dog stand to rob an armored car outside the bank. I’m sure there’s a few tries that’s aired on World’s Dumbest Criminals.

… And I would’ve gotten away with it, too, if not for that darn dog and his kid.

Cute, but I didn’t care much for any of these stories. This one happened to be a miss. I hope the next one I randomly pick up has a good one or two.

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