’Strike a light guv! It’s as if ‘undreds of us was combined into a monster!’
‘Rubbish! Clearly some sort of mass hallucination, wot?’
Yes, we’re in dear old Blighty for this debut issue of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, tying into the new TV cartoon we Brits don’t get yet. So this is my first taste of the show’s tone. I like it.
We begin with Aquaman and Batman teaming up against the robotic Carapax, before Batman is sent to London by the ever sarcy Alfred. There he hooks up with Power Girl – in the English capital to lecture on computers – to take on a composite creature assembled by eeee-vil Lex Luthor to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
If Lex were really as bright as he thinks – and he can’t be that clever, as he’s wearing chef’s whites rather than a scientist’s tunic – he’d know that the jewels on display for tourists are paste. The real ones are secreted away, meaning the only priceless baubles on show here belong to Power Girl.
(Oh come on, you can’t mention Peege without referencing those maddest of mammaries – it’s the law!)
Anyway, Power Girl isn’t a sex object here – she gets to use her computer savvy to save the day.
The book is rounded off by a feature page with mini-profiles of Peege and Luthor; the Power Girl text even has some new information – she’s obsessed with monitoring geological disturbances, to ensure Earth doesn’t blow up as Krypton did.
The issue, written by Matt Wayne, with blocky, dynamic art by Andy Suriano and Dan Davis, is a hoot from start to finish – smiling superheroes smashing dastardly supervillains in big, colourful panels. I can’t wait for the next one.