Review: The Brave & the Bold #150

The Brave & the Bold #150 cover
Cover by Jim Aparo

The Brave & the Bold #150
Published and © by DC, May 1979

Title: “Today Gotham … Tomorrow, the World!”
Synopsis: Batman is captured by a terrorist organization, but gets some unexpected help from one of his keepers.

Writer: Bob Haney
Artist: Jim Aparo

Review: Reviews of The Brave & the Bold run the risk of sounding the same: Bob Haney (making his 117th B&B appearance here, according to the credits) puts Batman and a guest star du jour through their paces in a madcap, often over-the-top adventure. Along the way, he’ll toss in a kernel or two with real potential (this time out: the Keeper Karns character). In turn, Haney’s scripts are beautifully illustrated by the criminally underrated Jim Aparo (making his 49th appearance). This issue is a typical of their collaborations – and that’s not a bad thing.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Not to sound like a skipping record, but let’s go with Jim Aparo here. He’s one of the best Batman artists ever, and doesn’t get nearly enough love.

Notable: This issue’s “The Brave and the Bold” letters page includes a checklist, with credits, of all the team-up issues (#50-150).

Character quotable:Wayne? What could those terrorists want with that playboy??” – Commissioner Gordon, showing why he’s not the world’s greatest detective

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on June 23, 2009.

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