The Brave and The Bold #2 Review – Dullsville
Written/ Drawn by: Liam Sharp
Colored by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Publisher by: DC Comics
What a strange miniseries. DC has been launching a lot of imprints and making some interesting creative decisions, but giving Liam Sharp his own Batman/Wonder Woman crossover to play with feels weird. Why him specifically? Aren’t there bigger names you could attach to this project? I assume he came to DC with the idea, and for them to actually say “Yes” is kind of fascinating, if you think about it. Anyway, I’m going to talk about it now.
This entire miniseries can be described in one sentence: Wonder Woman Vs. The Irish. Ok, it’s a bit more complicated than that. In a magical dimension, there are two tribes – The Fomorians and the Dé Danann – who have coexisted sort of peacefully for centuries. This changes when the Fomorian king is murdered by (presumably) a Dé Danannanian and suddenly mumbling of war and invasion of Earth start running through the kingdom, so Wonder Woman gets dragged in to mediate the two tribes and find peace. Batman will eventually be involved I’m sure.
In case you couldn’t tell, the story isn’t very impressive. It’s a very basic tale of warring tribes and faerie worlds and other magic related stuff, but without any of the energy and excitement to carry it. The first issue was a good way to get the ball rolling, but this second issue is very uneventful and, by the end, basically nothing has changed. Also, Batman only really starts getting involved in the last page, so even as a team-up it has been weak.
There are some good points, however. The handling of each character has been pretty spot on. Granted, I may just be desperate for a normal Batman after whatever the hell Tom King is doing with him, but seeing Batman talk like a regular guy again is just downright pleasant. Sharp’s writing of Diana is also very spot on, although I suspect this is because he worked very closely with Greg Rucka (arguably her best writer) and would be therefore very familiar with her voice (in fact, it seemed very Rucka-ish). I think that’s about it writing-wise. There really isn’t much to talk about.
The art is the real “meat and potatoes” of this series. Sharp’s pencils look spectacular, possibly the best they’ve ever been, same with Fajardo’s colors. Each drawing is so full of detail and energy and life. I don’t know how he does it but the characters he draws look like they’re ready to leap from the page fully formed. He should be commended for that, if nothing else.
Beyond his line work, he’s banked on interesting panel arrangements and panel borders to add a more aesthetic element to the page.
Look at that. Just those little patterns on the side make the page so much more interesting and pulling. Artistically, this book is top notch.
So… Yeah. That’s the book. While the art is beyond spectacular and the characters are well represented, the story is far too conventional and the book moves too slowly for me to really care. If the art grabs you, I’d really recommend it and, personally, I will keep reading it just for that but if you don’t really care, then I’d say to skip the book because it doesn’t have much to offer, really.
I will keep reading it just for the art, but if you don’t really care, then I’d say to skip the book because it doesn’t have much to offer.