When Batman breaks his leg, a handful of superheroes step up to protect Gotham City. With Gotham’s protector monitoring crime from the sideline, Plastic Man, Green Arrow, Aquaman, and Captain Marvel fill-in for the bat.
Known for it’s fast pace and quirky humor, Batman: Brave and The Bold #13 bombards the reader with a dose of mayhem and drama. Sholly Fisch allows each of Batman’s allies to have fifteen seconds of fame while impersonating the Caped Crusader. Despite amusing attempts from Aquaman and the others, Captain Marvel’s mini-masquerade really tickled me. His adventure in Gotham City begins as Killer Croc and Bane loot a bank. Bane threatens to “break” Marvel and starts to beat upon the hero’s chest. After receiving the barrage of punches, Marvel smiles and plucks Bane in the face, sending him crashing into the concrete. Suddenly, Croc attempts to gnarl off Billy Batson’s arm. The sheer strength of the young hero forces the green beast to run away scared, remarking, “Ow! My teef! Your arm broke my teef!”
Robert Pope assembles fun and extremely cartoony artwork. His graphics reflect the parodied, yet stylized comic book design featured in vintage superhero comics. Scott Morae allows this issue to maintain an old school appearance, by using thick and heavy lines throughout. These clean strokes compliment the humorous script, since the visuals quickly establish that Brave and the Bold is to be taken lightly. As well, Heroic Age’s use of color allows action sequences to standout. For instance, Aquaman’s “hard-water sword” utilizes a liquid texture which appears transparent and fluid.
Although this issue provides some chuckles, I would like to see more original ideas. The concept of featuring different heroes impersonate has been done before. However, similar to issue twelve, Brave and The Bold is another straightforward and solid issue. However, innovative ideas should be considered in the future.
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