Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #7 Review


Written by: Guillem March, Kyle Starks, Gabriel Hardman, Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Guillem March, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Wade Von Grawbadger, Gabriel Hardman, Matteo Scalera
Colors by: Arif Prianto, Matt Herms, Matt Hollingsworth, Matteo Scalera
Letters by: Guillem March, Rob Leigh, Simon Bowland, Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Simone Di Meo
Cover price: $7.99
Release date: November 28, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #7 delivers four chapters of stories involving Batman and his associates throughout the DC Universe. An amnesiac Batman searches for answers, but he may not like what he finds. Wild Dog picks up the scent of a new crime gang in town. Aquaman finds trouble by way of an alien invasion under the sea. And Batman's first encounter with Etrigan leads to a bet to see who can find the killer first.
Is Batman: The Brave And The Bold #7 Good?

On the whole, Batman: The Brave And The Bold #7 is one of the better issues in the anthology series. Filled with plenty of action, twists, turns, and surprises, even the weakest short in the bunch is still okay.

Batman: Pygmalion, Part 2

The amnesiac Batman continues his training in the hopes of remembering who he is under the cowl. When he sees the Bat Signal and answers the call, Commissioner Gordon is waiting with some bad news, a whole lot of armed police, and a special assistant - another Batman.

Will the real Batman please stand up? Guillem March's mystery tale of missing identities and traumatic pasts hits home with a killer twist that doesn't turn out the way you think from the description above. Plus, March's art is stellar.

Wild Dog: Here Comes Trouble!, Part 1

Wild Dog continues to prowl the mean streets of the Quad Cities after he gets wind of a new gang setting up shop in an area unencumbered by superheroes. The mysterious gang thinks it has the Cities all to themselves until they start losing lieutenants to Wild Dog's brand of violent justice.

Bravo, Kyle Starks. This take on little-used vigilante Wild Dog is violent, intriguing, and thoroughly amusing. New and casual readers will find this first chapter an excellent jumping-on point for the character.

Aquaman: Communion, Part 1

Aquaman investigates a strange energy pulse emanating from the ocean bottom off the shores of West Africa. What he finds is a cloaked ship, a fugitive from Gorilla City wearing a mech suit, and an invading army of Dominators.

Credit to Gabriel Hardman for taking big swings in a small space. Aquaman finds himself neck-deep in a world-ending threat with a brutally efficient setup. That said, Hardman throws a lot in the mix all at once, so it remains to be seen if he can pull off the follow-up.

The Wager

Batman hunts a sadistic gangster who likes to hurt women and children. Unfortunately, the Dark Knight has competition when he meets Etrigan for the first time, who happens to be hunting the same man. The two strike a wager to see who gets to the killer first.

Rosenberg's alternate version of Batman and Etrigan's first meeting has the right tone and vibe for a Batman tale. Plus, Matteo Scalera's crime noir art looks great. However, the ending lacks punch.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #7 is one of the stronger entries in the anthology series, with four chapters of tales from regular and little-seen characters from DC. Overall, there isn't a stinker in the bunch, and Kyle Starks's take on Wild Dog is the most amusing short in the issue.


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