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Batman: The Brave and the Bold #9

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Batman finally confronts The Joker in the brutal conclusion to “The Winning Card” by Tom King and Mitch Gerads! Aquaman faces down the Dominator threat at the bottom of the ocean in Gabriel Hardman’s epic final chapter! Hell comes to the Quad Cities in the conclusion of Kyle Starks and Fernando Pasarin’s “Wild Dog: Here Comes Trouble!” Eisner Award winner Bruno Redondo writes and illustrates a poignant tale of the Dark Knight!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
70 pages
Amazon ASIN

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Batman on Film

    Once again, from a Batman standpoint, Batman: The Brave & The Bold is coming up aces. The writing is top-notch, with plenty of action and subtext. The art is a visual feast, with both stories utilizing the medium of comics in fun and interesting ways. This Batman fan is very happy!

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    Overall, this is one of the best issues of the series, especially due to the first and last stories.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Batman: The Brave & The Bold #9 Brings all the running stories to a close, and doesn’t disappoint. The whole point of this title has been to take readers on an adventure, and I’ve enjoyed every minute!

  • 85


    There’s a lot to love in Batman: The Brave and the Bold #9, which features three endings to ongoing chapters and one complete story. It’s no surprise when every creator attached to this book is a veteran who has proven themselves time and time again. If you’ve been following along with these tales you’ll be greatly satisfied with their finales.

  • 80

    Batman: The Brave and The Bold #9 delivers the anthology’s most impressive collection of talent and stories since its debut. The long-awaited final chapter of Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ “The Winning Card” arrives and pits the badly-beaten forms of Batman and Joker against one another in a climactic battle paying homage to The Killing Joke. Gerads’ style is unimpeachable and the silent movie effects characterizing Joker’s personality play well, even if the story proves to be almost entirely style and no substance. It’s the issue’s final story, Bruno Redondo’s “Nor Is The Batman” that proves far more effective in making a statement on Batman’s pathologies. Redondo’s depiction of Batman’s early life, including a Batcave filled with old, cube-like computer monitors and an effective tea-making sequence, reach the same heights readers have come to expect in Nightwing. However, it’s Redondo’s less-familiar role as a writer that manages to find the essential and sympathetic humanity in Batman, whereas “The Winning Card” mythologizes his figure beyond meaning. “Here Comes Trouble” emphasizes action over humor in its finale, but still provides plenty of both in a story that makes a strong case for Kyle Starks to take another spin with Wild Dog. Even “Communion” finds its legs in a finale uniting much of Earth’s natural life against predatory aliens in grand undersea spectacles that are beautifully rendered by Gabriel Hardman. The Brave and The Bold #9 is an outstanding artistic showcase and all of its best features are penned by cartoonists, as well.

  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman: The Brave And The Bold #9 wraps up Tom King’s take on the first Batman/Joker meeting, Wild Dog’s journey to upping his hero status, and Aquaman’s team-up with the apes from Gorilla City. For their part, each story ends at least as well as each started, if not stronger, and the art is excellent on average.

  • 70


    Batman: The Brave and the Bold #9 wraps up multiple stories, including Tom King’s Joker story which debuted in the very first issue. The quality of the stories themselves ends up being inconsistent. The best is Wild Dog’s, which manages to get you to genuinely care about a character initially presented as a riff on superhero tropes. However, both of the actual Batman stories are dragged down by focusing on meta-analyses of the character that don’t quite work.

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    Anthology books are difficult because even one middling story can drag down the whole product. The stories in Batman: The Brave and the Bold #9 are mostly strong but a deeply frustrating opener makes the book hard to recommend wholeheartedly.

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About the Author: Tom King

Tom King has emerged as a beacon of narrative brilliance in the comic book world, weaving tales that resonate deeply with both long-time enthusiasts and newcomers alike. With a unique blend of emotional depth and complex storytelling, King’s work has redefined what it means to engage with the medium of comics. From his groundbreaking run on “Batman” to the introspective “Mister Miracle,” King’s portfolio is a testament to his ability to explore the human condition through the lens of the superhero genre.

Before becoming a household name in comics, Tom King embarked on a path far removed from the world of capes and villains. As a former CIA officer, King’s experiences have infused his storytelling with a palpable sense of realism and gravity, setting his work apart in a crowded field. His transition from espionage to comics might seem unexpected, but it’s this very background that enriches his narrative voice, allowing him to craft stories of heroism and sacrifice with authenticity.

King’s ascent in the comic book industry began with “The Vision,” a series that turned the Marvel android into a tragic figure struggling with the concept of family and humanity. This work, characterized by its melancholic exploration of identity, laid the foundation for King’s reputation as a storyteller capable of blending superhero action with deep, literary themes. His ability to humanize iconic characters, making their struggles and triumphs resonate on a personal level, has earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase.

However, it is perhaps his work on DC Comics’ “Batman” that has most profoundly impacted the comic book landscape. King’s Batman is a figure shaped by vulnerability and introspection, a departure from the invincible hero trope. Through arcs like “City of Bane” and the poignant “Batman Annual #2,” King explores themes of love, loss, and redemption, offering a fresh perspective on the Dark Knight’s mythos.

In addition to his superhero narratives, Tom King has ventured into the realm of creator-owned projects, such as “Strange Adventures” and “Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.” These works further showcase his versatility, delving into science fiction and cosmic drama while maintaining his signature emotional depth and complex character studies.

Beyond the pages of his comics, King’s presence in the industry as a thought leader and advocate for the medium is undeniable. His candid discussions about the challenges of mental health, the creative process, and the importance of storytelling in contemporary culture have made him a respected figure among peers and fans.

Tom King‘s contributions to the comic book world have not gone unnoticed, earning him multiple Eisner Awards and solidifying his status as one of the most influential writers of his generation. As he continues to push the boundaries of comic book storytelling, King’s legacy is that of a visionary who reminds us that at the heart of every superhero story lies a deeply human tale waiting to be told.

For those who seek to explore the depths of narrative artistry within the comic book genre, Tom King‘s body of work offers a rich, introspective journey into the soul of modern heroism, proving that within the fantastical, the most profound truths of our existence can be found.

[Latest Update: April 8, 2024]