Wednesday, January 23, 2019

New Comics Day: Brave and the Bold Bronze Age Omnibus; EC Comics Library

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Back in the '70s, The Brave and the Bold famously paired Batman with a wild array of partners. Metamorpho, Swamp Thing, Supergirl, Mister Miracle, Kamandi and The Joker (among others) all showed up to take their turns in the spotlight. These stories, mostly written by Bob Haney and drawn by the incomparable Jim Aparo, represent Batman in all his Bronze Age glory.

Batman: The Brave & the Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2 collects nearly seven full years of adventures from The Brave and the Bold #110-156 and includes an introduction by Scott Beatty.

Stories in this volume include "The Martian Monster," in which a 9-year-old boy befriends a Martian in the woods and asks him to kill his stepmother ― but the "Martian" convinces him that it’s really his father who he should target. There’s sharp social commentary in "…And Then There Were Two!" (highly intelligent robots unveil a plan for world peace, but political opportunists launch an anti-robot campaign to discredit them) and "Prediction of Disaster!" (an astronomer concludes that our sun is about to go nova and tries to warn the world).

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