Review: The Brave & the Bold #147

The Brave & the Bold #147 cover
Cover by Jim Aparo

The Brave & the Bold #147
Published and © by DC, February 1979

Title: “Death-Scream From the Sky!”
Synopsis: When a terrorist organization seizes control of laser-armed satellites, it’s Batman and Supergirl to the rescue.

Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Jim Aparo

Review: With its terrorists seizing control of weapons of mass destruction, this Bronze Age outing fits nicely with the zeitgeist of the early 21st century. Of course, we don’t have Batman and Supergirl to save us, as they do in this tightly plotted done-in-one tale. Writer Cary Burkett’s script is fat-free, typical of the era’s team-up tales; it would have been better with room to stretch out a bit. Of course, the real treat is the art by Jim Aparo, one of the era’s most underrated artists. His body of work should put him in any discussion of definitive Batman artists.

Grade: B+

Cool factor: Jim Aparo’s art. His work just seems to get better with time.

Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a Whitman variant and a 12p British variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “Punks never win!” – Batman, not a fan

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on March 5, 2009.

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