Hey, I know I felt like it’s been ten years since Brave and the Bold was being broadcast on a regular basis, but apparently Black Lightning aged more than me. Normally I love the “cold openings” on this show, but the Outsiders vs. Kobra, but this one felt a little flat. I do love Black Lightning and Metamorpho; maybe there just weren’t enough of those guys in the first 3 minutes. Luckily the rest of the episode did not disappoint.
Give up for these writers again. They really are clever at introducing well-known characters to us in interesting ways. I admit I wasn’t even sure if Barry Allen ever even lived in this universe or not. I simply accepted that Jay Garrick was the Flash in this particular continuity, and left it at that. These scribes are so good I didn’t even miss my favorite speedster because Garrick was written so well.
I know we’ve seen the younger Teen Titans in this world before, but my memory is failing whether or not Kid Flash was on the roster for that episode. Regardless, he was here, and he asked Batman to send his regards to Nightwing. I will confess I’m a little saddened to hear Robin has not only retired the pixie boots, but also the sweet Earth 2 costume, and is now Nightwing. I like Nightwing fine, I was just hoping the Dick Grayson in this version would prefer his brightly colored circus garb when knuckling up evildoers. Then again, I was happy with the way I found out. They don’t spell everything out at B&B, and I appreciate the fact we’re supposed to come in with a little DCU history already under our belts.
Speaking of which, a little liberty was taken from the Crisis books, but it didn’t hurt anything here. Some people complain that this version of the Caped Crusader is exactly what they disliked about Batman, while others contend this variation on the character takes all of the adaptations into account, and delivers us a nice melting pot of the best of the Bat. Personally I’ve always felt there was room for Adam West, Frank Miller, Christian Bale, Bob Kane, Neil Adams, and Michael Keaton. I will reserve the right to refuse that codpiece loving/ franchise menace Joel Schumacher however.
Back to the review… Once again, we were treated to some iconic moments from comic book lore. The Flashes racing across oceans, a Golden Age/Silver age poster lifted directly from a 1960’s comic cover, and of course, the powerful Crisis scenes.
Friday’s episode had everything thing that makes this program so impressive. Real emotions, humor, a respect for the past, (The Rogues Gallery for instance) a visual style that is far and away better than any other superhero offerings out there nowadays and easily the best fight scene (Flash and Professor Zoom) in two seasons of sensationally illustrative battles.
If you’re a Batfan and you haven’t watched this show yet, I implore you, set your TiVo. If you’ve watched it and didn’t love it, I suggest giving it another try. And if you’re like me, and can’t wait to feel like a 6 year old waking up before his parents on a Saturday morning, hoping there were still some Fruit Loops left in the box after your 3rd bowl, get ready for next week. Batgirl and the Doom Patrol.
See you then. Same Bat Time, same Bat Blog.
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