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Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Season Two, Part One (DC Comics/Warner DVD)

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Episodes: B

 

 

Batman: The Brave and the Bold returns for 12 more fantastic episodes of superhero team-ups.  The creators of Batman: The Brave and the Bold have become increasingly talented at scouring the corners of the DC Universe to fine the most obscure (forgotten?) superheroes to aid in Batman’s plight to vanquish evil.  In this new volumized set we get the first half of Season Two and whereas it is nothing new or groundbreaking, it does continue to deliver some epic superhero fun.

 

Brave and the Bold, unlike previous Batman incarnations, has made a conscious decision to stick to the lighter side of the Dark Knight, though in this second season (at least the later episodes) we do get a bit more depth from our hero. Whereas the beginning of the season continues to embody the light hearted fun of Silver Age comics, the end (or middle in this case) of the season has The Justice Society appearing in a more ‘serious’ nature than previously seen on Brave and the Bold.

 

The mix of classic Batman with campy fun this season sets it apart from the previous season, as it begins to refine the creators’ vision for the series.  The episodes not only bring back the standard heroes like that of Green Arrow, Aquaman, and The Flash; but we also see the return of oddities like Blue Beetle and Shazam.  To take it a step further the creators add in a dash of sidekicks, alternate universes, and forgotten but not forgettable characters like The Metal Men and Phantom Stranger to give the series that additional boost.

 

Batman: The Brave and the Bold holds strong for a second season and though it is well known by fans that the series is ending, viewing and owning this season set is must.

 

The episodes this season include the following:

 

  1. Death Race to Oblivion
  2. Long Arm of the Law
  3. Revenge of the Reach
  4. Aquaman’s Outrageous Adventure
  5. The Golden Age of Justice
  6. Sidekicks Assemble
  7. Clash of the Metal Men
  8. A Bat Divided
  9. The Super-Batman of Planet X
  10.  The Power of Shazam
  11.  Chill of the Night
  12.  Gorillas in Our Midst

 

 

The technical features on this volumized season set are in line with the previous two releases, sliding by as adequate but nothing overwhelmingly exciting.  The box/packaging is a downgrade from the original set as the cardboard slip cover is now gone, replaced with your standard hard case DVD pack.  The picture is a 1.78 X 1 that embodies solid clarity and bright colors, it is not HD quality but is a nice new release without dirt/debris or many other issues.  The sound is a Dolby Digital Surround that is crisp, clean, and clear with some use of the surrounds but nothing over the top.

 

The extras again this season set are lacking as only a few trailers one for the new Green Lantern series and the other for the rebooted Thundercats series.

 

Brave and the Bold is a fun series that has only gotten progressively better.  It will be sad that just as the series hits its groove it will all be over.

 

 

-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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