Thursday, March 3, 2011

COMIC: Top of the Stack - The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4 (Review)

Written by Sholly Fisch
Pencils by Rick Burchett
Cover by Rick Burchett

Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99

The second week of February brought a lot of the heavy hitters to the shelves: Batman & Robin, Flash, Batgirl, Red Robin; and Marvel had the modern day classic Ultimate Spider-Man to offer. But I was hankering for something a little different and as previous top of the stack winners have shown my love for all-ages titles, I think it was kismet that also coming out on Wednesday February 9 was an issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold comic book modeled after the animated show airing on Cartoon Network. The romance issue was perfectly timed with Valentine's Day on the horizon and it was an easy choice for the top of the stack.

Sholly Fisch is the regular series writer for The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and might be known to comic fans best for his other work with DC all-ages books including, DC Super Friends, Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo.

As I previously stated this issue dealt with romance, specifically a pairing many DC fans have 'shipped' at one time or another, between Batman and Wonder Woman. Here, the Greek gods get a little hands on with Wonder Woman, particularly Eros, who has a problem with Wonder Woman's lack of love moments compared to her battles. As a result he meddles and Batman and Wonder Woman who were in the middle of a team-up find themselves 'in love'. The rest of the issue deals with a planned wedding and a furious Talia al Ghul who wants no such event to happen. A huge heroes versus villains battle happens, sprinkled with great moments of humor that kept me smiling from page to page.

The wedding cake cover with Batman and Wonder Woman on the top really captured the fun, zaniness of the characters and the issue inside and was drawn by the interior artist Rick Burchett. As many solidly produced all-ages titles that are companions to an animated series, the drawing style mirrored the one from the cartoon, providing a seamless transition for fans of the show to have a gateway into the comic book world. I always have had a fond eye for the animated look, probably why I so often find all-ages titles done with that style so appealing.

I have been a fan of the show and the book seems to be following in terms of telling quality stories while staying true to the legacy of the characters involved in each issue. It is becoming one of the comic books I look forward to reading every month and I hope it continues being published for a long time to come.

Check out Geek Plate's Tumblr for today's Batman animation themed picspam.

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