Thursday, August 11, 2011

THINGS I'LL MISS ABOUT THE OLD DCU DAY 6: DC Comics Presents The Brave & The Bold

I have to admit, part of me when DC announced the DCnU 52 would see a return to some of their characters most (debatably) iconic state - like Flash and Batgirl - I also hoped the same would be said for a few of their former titles. Namely the return of team-up books like Superman's DC Comics Presents or Batman's The Brave and The Bold.

With the former Wildstorm universe characters now mixed into your friendly neighbourhood DCU, these iconic books would make for a great way to introduce them to fans of DC's major icons, as well as spotlight how other DC concepts that didn't grab their own title now fit in, like Kamandi, The Spectre and Dial H For Hero.

The other highlight I see here is the ability to get back out there and tell more done-in-one stories. Great reads with a beginning and middle and end, that don't require you to read six months of often stretched out story to get every beat. What happened to those? 

Sure story-arcs = return visitors, but don't dependable reads anchored by world famous characters?

All it would take is a writer who is a master of the tricks of the panel by page medium, like Kurt Busiek, Joe Kelly or my pick of the bunch Joe Casey. A master at mixing modern culture into exciting plots and twists Casey could make the established modernly fresh in a heartbeat (as the DCnU seems to require writers to do) and weave subplots through the book to reward loyal readers, while still focusing on one-off's that treat the casual connoisseur.

As for trade collections, I'd skip that with these books too and snatch the digest format from Archie instead. Imagine; a miniature bumper collection of Supe or Bat team-ups, with folks from across the DCnU, with about half a dozen or more complete stories in each title!

How could anyone argue with that?


  1. I would have liked the one with the Masters of the Universe.
    I didn't know DC had this title.
    Used to love She-ra as a child.

  2. While nothing to me Aliera beats the idea of Robin piggy backing on Superman's shoulders to take down angry clowns you're right - that He-man issue would've been pretty sweet!

    Especially since MOTU was printed by Marvel - yet here they are at the opposition. I guess there are some Superman team-up's even Marvel want to read ;D

  3. I'm a whole lot disappointed that we never got that JMS Adam Strange Lois Lane B&B that was solicited many moons ago.

  4. As the biggest Adam Strange fan both south of the border and the equator Doug I can honestly say I was too. Especially if it lead to Lois getting her own jetpack and ray gun.

    Look out Metropolis!