Daily Archives: December 12, 2009

Giving Peace a Chance

The Brave and the Bold #29
“Lost Stories of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist/Cover artist: Jesus Saiz
Colors: Trish Mulvihill
Letters: Rob Leigh
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

While I’ve had mixed reactions to writer J. Michael Straczynski’s comics work when he first come to prominence in the industry, some of his more recent efforts have really won me over. He kindled an interest in me in Marvel’s incarnation of Thor, a character I’ve rarely found interesting in the past, and his unfinished limited series The Twelve struck me as a compelling read, blending a more thoughtful, modern approach to super-hero storytelling with a respect and love for the championess of the Golden Age. So when Straczynski jumped ship and signed up with DC, I was expecting a continuation of the kind of creative strength he’s exhibited in recent years. Instead, we got the Red Circle books (a major disappointment) and a couple of middling issues of The Brave and the Bold. To my relief, a more inspired Straczynski joins us for this latest issue, in which he explores the never-ending nature of genre storytelling.

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