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The Brave & the Bold #157

(Cover by Jim Aparo)
Published and © by DC, Dec. 1979

“Time … My Dark Destiny!”

Synopsis: Batman goes undercover to stop Extortion, Inc., but discovers their enforcer is an amnesiac, lost-in-time Kamandi.

Writer: Bob Haney
Penciler: Jim Aparo
Inker: Aparo

Review: You take your chances with Bob Haney’s Brave & the Bold. At its best, his stories are imaginative, done-in-one gems. But when Haney misfires, Batman ends up in madcap team-ups that leave readers scratching their heads. Unfortunately, this one leans toward the latter. Kamandi is an interchangeable cog here, with little attention given to his back story. His method for showing up in Batman’s time is contrived, and his return to the future even more so. This issue’s still a winner, though, thanks to Jim Aparo; he blends bits of Neal Adams and Alex Toth into his own distinct style.

Grade: B

Collector’s note: According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, there’s a Whitman variant of this issue.

Character quotable: “Good lord! It is — Kamandi!?!” — Batman.

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