Batman: The Brave and the Bold #2

Writer: Tom King, Ed Brisson, Christopher Cantwell, Joelle Jones Artist: Joelle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Jeff Spokes, Javier Rodriguez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 28, 2023 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 10
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Written by Tom King, Ed Brisson, Christopher Cantwell, and Joelle Jones Art by Mitch Gerads, Jeff Spokes, Javier Rodriguez, and Joelle Jones Tick, tick, tick goes the clock as Gotham City prepares for another shocking murder at the hands of The Joker! The brutal and terrifying tale of The Joker and Batman's first meeting continues as Tom King and Mitch Gerads once again deliver a shocking, bloody blockbuster tale! Stormwatch race to find an ancient sword that has long been buried in the darkest depths of the ocean. A sword of unspeakable horrors, capable of wiping out entire civilizations. But they may already be too late: a group of exiled X more

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 27, 2023

    A great, somber Batman story that tells of the toll his mission physically and psychologically brings to him. Coupled with great art, the story emphasizes the humanity of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Davydh Tidey Jun 30, 2023

    Issue #2 is another fantastic instalment in this anthology series, and a good reminder as to why people should be reading DC Comics right now. Fresh, new ideas are being encouraged, and you don't want to miss out on that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jun 28, 2023

    The series assembles a collection of headlining writers and artists, each of whom could carry a solo series featuring the characters from their stories, together in one of the most ambitious anthologies of 2023. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 27, 2023

    All four stories in the second edition ofBatman: The Brave and the Bold are worthy of your attention and time. The ongoing narratives of these three tales build towards some exciting moments, while the fourth one-shot tale reminds us of the daily heavy burden Bruce Wayne lives with. Batman: The Brave and the Bold offers a unique approach to superheroes with action, adventure, and atmosphere all rolled into one. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 27, 2023

    These final black-and-white stories are a great way to wrap up each issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Jun 27, 2023

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold #2 is another strong installment in the anthology format, building off the goodwill of the debut issue, ensuring that all of the sophomore outings continue the trends of craft on display. The mix of Batman, Superman, and Stormwatch b/c-tier characters makes for an interesting batch, and ensures the series is not overtaken by one specific type of story. Fans interested in counterprogramming to the current Batman and Superman titles may enjoy these stories that feel more timeless than the modern approaches to both runs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jackson Luken Jun 27, 2023

    it's a story that I'm very split on. It showcases some of King's best and worst tendencies as a writer. It takes an existing concept and adds layers of depth and complexity, but at the same time feels the need to press that perceived maturity to the point where it loses sight of what makes the story work. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Jun 30, 2023

    Not everything in the issue works perfectly. Though Rodrguezs art on the Superman story is undeniably cool, Cantwells story seems to need longer chapters to build up the narrative momentum that it needs to engage the reader. The mix of different stories within the anthology should bring forth a sense of experimentation. The best moments within the second issue of Brave and the Bold work really well on their own without having to connect up with a larger narrative structure.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicsOnline - Tony Rhea Jun 30, 2023

    If this is the style that we can continue expecting from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, we're in for quite a treat. The stories within have done a great job at investing the reader in sticking around for the next chapter, while presenting an opportunity for some wonderful one-offs that can serve to deepen our connection to these characters and their struggles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Sean MacNeil Jun 28, 2023

    I am looking forward to next month's issue more then I looked forward to this one. If Tom King continues to build on this version of The Joker, and they continue to end the issues by giving us high-end styles of storytelling, I don't think there will be any problems. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jun 27, 2023

    Moreover, the Tom King story is simply ok. Its Kings take on a first encounter (or THEE first encounter) of Batman and the Joker thats unrealistic even for the Joker. He paints the Joker as almost horror movie strong as hes shot repeatedly and leaps through a broken window three stories tall to safety. Yet, Batman can jump down that far without getting injured. Plus, the 9-panel grid layout gets a bit tiring after a while. However, King fans will probably adore this story and reach for it like a baby to a pacifier. I, for one, dont think its worth the cover price and think the two unrelated Batman stories are what bro Batman: The Brave and the Bold #2 down the most. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jun 29, 2023

    Batman: The Brave and the Bold #2 gives you different views into the Dark Knight with generally great art. But each chapter is either significantly flawed or lacks anything to get excited about. Read Full Review

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