Review: Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2

Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Vol. 2 by Jim Aparo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great reprint volume featuring one of the best Batman artists (and one of my personal favorite comic book series as well).

This Batman reprint book features the art of the legendary Jim Aparo, best known for his work on the Spectre, Aquaman, the Phantom Stranger, and, of course, Batman in The Brave and the Bold. This volume reprints B&B #123-151 (all the Aparo issues; #146, with the Unknown Soldier is NOT in this one) and Detective Comics #437-438.

The Brave and the Bold has been one of my favorite comic books since I was a tiny tot, so this was a pure joy to read, especially since it featured many of my favorite stories; #123, with Plastic Man and Metamorpho, and the metafictional #124 are gems. Bob Haney does most of the writing on these stories (with Archie Goodwin doing the Detective features), and he’s one of those old comic book work horses who knew how to craft a good script and make a proper comic book. What Bob Haney and Jim Aparo got through to the reader in one issue would take at least three comics in these times of woefully decompressed storytelling. You always got your money’s worth with an issue of their Brave and the Bold.

The average reader today will probably not find these as enchanting as I did, but I think anyone who’s a Batman fan or a fan of good comic book art would enjoy this book!

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