I went into this with no expectations. I was never a huge fan of J. Michael Straczynski, having caught bits of his work here and there – most notably, a few particular arcs of his Amazing Spider-Man run. Still, after hearing that he would be the one to take over for Simone on Wonder Woman, I thought it worth checking out how he wrote the character here, in a book I never really read, but which had been touted to me by many as the best team-up book around. As a note, here’s the solicit:
Oh yes, it’s ladies’ night! Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Zatanna enjoy a nice, peaceful evening on the town that absolutely won’t be interrupted by any kind of superheroic hijinks whatsoever… and if you believe that, there’s a giant bronze globe in Metropolis we’d like to sell you!
Well, uh, apparently they have a pretty sizable bronze globe in Metropolis for sale, then, because after the introductions, which feature roughly four pages of action (two for Wonder Woman, two for Batgirl), it becomes exactly what they say in the solicits: a nice, peaceful evening on the town that wasn’t interrupted by any kind of superheroic hijinks whatsoever. Which, to be entirely honest, was a pleasant change of pace, especially once the late-issue twist was revealed and we learned why all of this was happening. In the end, what could have been a maudlin dramatic issue turned out to be a quick, fun read, with lovely, energetic art from Cliff Chiang. The Brave and the Bold #33 was surprisingly enjoyable, even tying into one of DC’s darkest moments, and a definite recommendation for fans of Barbara Gordon.
– Cal Cleary