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‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ #14 is a must-buy

‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ #14 is another well-curated anthology.

As far as anthologies go, Batman: The Brave and the Bold has it all. There are multi-part stories, one-shot tales, and a variety of art to wet any comics connoisseur whistle. That’s the case with Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14, out this week. Three ongoing tales and three solo tales make an entertaining read.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14 opens with “Nightwing & Deadman: Down the Road,” part 2 by Tim Seeley and Kelley Jones. This story continues Nightwing’s team-up with Deadman as they chase carnies. The art is the standout of this tale, with Deadman’s gross, pointy spine creeping you out along the way. There are some fun nods to Batman in the tale and some twists and turns. I found the story a bit slow, with a lot of dialogue, but if you like Jones’ art, you’ll love every panel.

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Next up is “Time Jerks,” part 2 by Mark Russell and Jon Mikel. Russell continues to bring his excellent satirical writing to the forefront, revealing a world where dinosaurs lived and became passafists. You’ll get a chuckle at who they speak to as their god, and Russell nails Booster Gold. He’s annoying, self-centered, and a bit dense in all the best ways. This leads to a cliffhanger that should redeem him after technically killing an entire world of dinosaurs.

'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' #14 review

Someone get him to a chiropractor!
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“The Flash: A Day in the Life” is a quick morning-in-the-life for Flash by Cavan Scott and Travis Mercer. This is a quick tale, revealing the many superhero acts Flash goes through between waking up and getting Iris a coffee. Mercer’s art is packed with detail with great colorful pop thanks to Andrew Dalhouse’s colors.

“The Invader” part 2 continues the excellently drawn and slightly macabre story by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Lisandro Estherren. The story continues to show how annoying Batman finds Guy Gardner. The painterly art suits the creepy vibes of the environment and the escaped alien. Generally speaking, Estherren delivers big time on how he draws Batman, complete with a space suit helmet with bat ears.

Closing out the issue is a black-and-white story by Hayden Sherman with letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Titled “The Evidence Remains,” this story lives and dies by great layout design. The first page has 64 panels, and the subsequent three pages reduce the number of panels but still deliver a whole lot of them. It’s a visually interesting way of showing the endless nights Batman fights crime, fixes gadgets, and does his detective work. The artistry is the standout of this tale, complete with a page using panels that make up the Batman emblem. The closing point, however, is also a strong one involving the importance of evidence. You might be surprised by what Sherman reveals.

I’m a broken record at this point, but this anthology is the best ongoing anthology in comics today. Done-in-one tales are excellent, and ongoing tales offer great art, and good story beats. You won’t be disappointed by this book!

'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' #14 is a must-buy
‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ #14 is a must-buy
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14
I'm a broken record at this point, but this anthology is the best ongoing anthology in comics today. Done-in-one tales are excellent, and ongoing tales offer great art, and good story beats. You won't be disappointed by this book!
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.7
All the solo stories are excellent even when they're brief
Booster Gold story is funny and satirical in the best ways
Good mix of comedy and darker tales
Opening story with Deadman is too slow for its own good
9
Great
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