THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2 by Liam Sharp, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Troy Peteri
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THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2 will make you want to go to the Celtic faerie land immediately, even if there is some bad stuff going down at the moment. The characters and the setting are vivid, and the plot is just ramping up. The book looks incredible, and it's great change of scenery for the classic DC characters.
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Take Me There

Superheroes often cross over into the realm of mythology and gods — but not really like this. THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2 continues to show readers the world of Celtic mythology and lore, guiding us through the faerie world that has not been explored widely in comics as of yet.

But writer Liam Sharp set out to change that by plopping two of the most iconic comic characters ever created smack dab in the middle of the madness. And my goodness it just keeps getting better. Tread carefully, as there are spoilers for this issue ahead.

Trouble in Tír na nÓg…

We begin with Wonder Woman in the middle of a discussion about the death of King Elatha of Tír na nÓg, the Celtic faerie realm. Other leaders, namely King McCool of the Dé Danann people and Captain Furf of the Formorians, are busy throwing accusations at each other in the wake of their loss.

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THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2, page 2. Image courtesy of DC Comics.

The two tribes have been long at war, but King Elatha was working towards creating a lasting peace. That, it seems, has all gone out the window with his loss.

Lord Cernunnos explains that this is why he summoned Diana there — to act as a peacemaker. She steps in, despite some opposition from Furf and McCool, and claims that they need a trial. But in order to have a trial, there must first be an investigation. She knows just that man to assist.

… And Trouble in Gotham

Batman has been investigating odd behavior in the Irish Quarter of Gotham. Everyone has completely frozen in place, but no, this isn’t the work of Mr. Freeze. Batman goes to see what the deal is, and the magic paralyzes him, throwing into a fever dream of Celtic dread. Alfred helps him to escape, and he makes his way back to the Batcave.

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THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2, page 3. Image courtesy of DC Comics.

The two men discuss whether magic could feasibly be real, and Bruce points out that he’s seen stranger things. But before they can begin to develop a method of detecting magic, Diana and Cernunnos show up, asking for help.

All the while, weathered old Irish dude man Patrick O’Schull muses on his ex-wife and his dreams of the faerie land. He begs to see it, and his wish is granted. Despite his joy, an unknown force has done this deed amid an ominous narrative predicting pain to come.

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Highlights of THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2

This book is a literal work of art. The artists clearly craft it with care, and it’s a wonder to look at. It feels like an old tale of folklore passed down through generations — one bound in beautiful leather and displayed proudly on a self.

Sharp’s pencils and inks are extremely detailed, really bringing the Celtic aspect to life. Colorist Romulo Fajardo, Jr., uses a palette of mostly earth tones which accentuate the nature-focused lore and culture of the faerie realm. And finally, Troy Peteri’s lettering goes the extra mile with narration and speech of the folklore characters. They all replicate fantasy texts, but are individual and fit the characters. You can almost hear the differences in speech.

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THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2, page 5. Image courtesy of DC Comics.

But the art is not the only amazing thing here. Tír na nÓg is an extremely vivid place in content as well as the visuals. We get a clear picture of the way these people live and interact very quickly, especially Lord Cernunnos. He is a damn delight. You don’t need to know about Celtic lore to jump in — THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2 takes you there with little effort on your part.

There are also beautiful and poignant lines in this book. Diana, for example, makes an accurate comment about our world: “There are terrible powers that wish only to destroy what they fear — and they fear all that is different to them.” That kind of realism grounds the comic, making it even more accessible.

On Our Way

THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #2 is only the second in the series, so it’s still world-building and setup. But it is still extremely enjoyable and entertaining. It’s the kind of book that makes you eager for the next installment, which is definitely an accomplishment.

Liam Sharp talks THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN

Because Sharp is pulling us into this new world and introducing us to new characters, the plot is building slowly, but not so slowly that it’s a problem. If it doesn’t pick up in the next issue, though, it will be troublesome.

As for Batman and Wonder Woman, it’s clear that Sharp has a great hold on them. Batman is being challenged with a new mystery, but he’s approaching it as he always does — with logic and control. And Diana is in a completely new world, yes, but she’s taking to the ambassador role just as you think she would be. Seeing these two solve this mystery together will be exhilarating, I’m sure.

The more we see of this world, the better it gets. This story is shaping up to improve as we go, which is very exciting.

So basically, call me Patrick O’Schull, because I want to go see Tír na nÓg immediately.

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