Friday, 19 September 2014

The Brave & The Bold: The Corpse That Wouldn't Die



Ok, I've teased y'all long enough, so here we go with my all-time favourite Brave & The Bold story ever. And to show what good taste we all have, it was also writer Bob Haney's favourite.
As much as I liked Marvel Team-Up and Two-In-One, and even DC Comics Presents on a good day, The Brave & The Bold was far and away the best team-up book done by either company, for three very obvious reasons that I've covered previously, but they go like this.
Batman.
Bob Haney.
Jim Aparo.

Case closed, M'lud.

In this issue, we're knee deep in the Haneyverse, where continuity, reality and common sense can only look jealously through the window at us, pleading to be allowed in.
Herein, Aparo is firing on all cylinders ( check out the top 4 panels on p. 17! ) while Haney is clearly having as equal a blast. And again, as I've said before, I love the fact that Batman's subconscious isn't thinking about Alfred, or Robin, or his life as Bruce Wayne, or anything like that.
You could, if you weren't paying attention, say that Batman's not really in this story, but you'd be absolutely wrong, because this tale demonstrates exactly why we all love ol' pointy ears.
Batman's primal instinct, when stripped right down to basics, is: Solve the crime, rescue the innocent, and damage the bad guys. What further proof does anyone need as to why he's the greatest superhero ever?

All together now: What...? But...what?...But this doesn't make any...WHAT??!!!...................Ohh, it's a Bob Haney story. Oh well, ok, if you'd just said that to start with...






















Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Richard Corben's Going Home


Another piece now from The Odd Comic World Of Richard Corben. This one, by comparison, a more elegiac and mournful piece than it's predecessor How Howie Made It In The Real World. Who says Corben can't do sensitive?









Monday, 15 September 2014

The Brave And The Bold: Warrior In A Wheelchair


And here's the second best Brave And The Bold story ever, from the Spectacular 100th Issue. This one's got everything, from Robin being sexist to Black Canary, to a Spider-Man in-joke, to GL & GA continuing their argument from their own book about Speedy's drug addiction. Who says Bob Haney couldn't do continuity?
And yet again, proof positive why Batman is the best character ever. Yeah, put me in a wheelchair. That won't stop me for one second.