Every week, BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD is a smile fest for fans of DC Comics that span decades. This week gave us little-known outside of comics Freedom Fighters and some wonderful touches of hokum to boot.
First off, it was another great opening segment with no Bats in sight, just the teaming of youngsters the “new” Blue Beetle and Stargirl – Courtney Whitmore – from the JSA with her Cosmic Rod. I just loved it when she used the rod to blast a batsignal into the sky, too. Plus the opening villain? Mantis of Apokolips! Yes! Bring on more Jack Kirby Fourth World characters. Let’s see Orion and Lightray, the Forever People and most of all, Darkseid. And we will see the Lord of Apokolips in episode 50, “Darkseid Descending” come December.
Anyway, on to the main event. So Uncle Sam wants….Plastic Man? And Batman, too of course. The use of the Freedom Fighters, second, even third-tier heroes from Quality Comics in the ’40s acquired by DC in the 70s is more comics obscura that kids watching and even most adults have never heard of. So much the better.
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