The Brave and the Bold #30

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 16, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
7.4Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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No evil shall escape Fate! As a man who makes his own rules, headstrong Green Lantern Hal Jordan isn't a big believer in fate... But he'll have to put his trust in the Doctor if either man expects to overcome this threat! It's another thriller from best-seller J. Michael Straczynski (Thor) and sensational artist Jesus Saiz!

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 22, 2009

    I enjoyed it, and fans of these characters will probably enjoy it - but your mileage may vary. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 16, 2009

    After the high point that was issue #29, this chapter comes across as a bit of a disappointment. That said, this is still The Brave and the Bold by JMS and Jesus Saiz. That's really all you need to know. If you aren't reading this series, I can only assume you hate quality storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 19, 2009

    New to this issue is the tagline, "Lost Stories of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" which I am sure was added on to help allay the concerns and fears of the continuity-conscious. Honestly, though, if a comic can give you two great characters well written and impeccably drawn in an enjoyable story, does it matter if it is in continuity? I would argue that it doesn't. All that should matter at that point is enjoying a really good story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Dec 20, 2009

    Saiz has also stepped up his game, as is evident in the rich backgrounds he provides for the extra-terrestrial setting. Whereas his work on #28 (the Flash/Blackhawks issue) lacked in terms of backgrounds, in this issue, he provides a fascinating glimpse into the impossible. The alien world on which the action unfolds features an interesting blend of antiquated relics and alien, unfamiliar landscapes. The ruins in which the heroes find themselves look both genuine, like something one would see on the History Channel, and completely new and alien, like something would find in a James Cameron sci-fi flick. Furthermore, the softer features that Saiz's brings to the characters' faces continue to emphasize the humanity of the superhuman players, which works well with the more character-driven ideas that the writer wants to examine. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Dec 25, 2009

    The art is rather subdued but maybe that is what is necessary in a story that deals more with feelings and philosophical concepts rather than action. The depiction of Dr. Fate-- especially his golden "girdle" is a little overdone however. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Dec 20, 2009

    I think he might do better to aim for telling a good Bob Haney-styled Brave and the Bold tale--with a bit of Steve Englehart's interest in developing obscure plot points from the past into interesting stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Dec 20, 2009

    The answer isn't all that satisfying (as it rings of simple platitudes), but that doesn't mar this tale of an introspective moment in a fallen hero's career--and Jesus Saiz does all he can to sell the grandeur and the other-worldliness of these two metaphysical masters. It may not be deep or radical, but it's a solid story that captures a bygone era--one with possibly bygone values. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Dec 20, 2009

    Though it was wonderful to read a story featuring Green Lantern that doesn't involve resurrected corpses or giant space battles, this story fails in a completely different way from Blackest Night. J. Michael Straczynski tries valiantly to deliver a moving philosophic story but falls short of his lofty ambitions. Read Full Review

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