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Batman: The Brave and the Bold – 2.26: The Malicious Mr. Mind!

Written by Zechs on Wednesday, March 02 2011 and posted in Reviews

A rapidly de-aging Batman and the Marvel Family take on the Monster Society of Evil and their new boss, the malicious and malignant, Mr. Mind.

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Credits & Solicit Info:


Diedrich Bader as Batman
Jeff Bennett as Captain Marvel
Greg Ellis as Mr. Mind/Dr. Canus
Tara Strong as Billy Baston/Mary Marvel/Toddler Batman
Jim Piddock as Doctor Sivana
John DeVito as Captain Marvel Jr./Freddy
Mikey Kelly as Kaminda/10 Year Old Batman
Dee Bradley Baker as Misfit/Mr. Atom/Baby Batman


*New episodes are airing currently in the UK. If only Outhouse UK Poster Punchy gave us the goods. Too bad he's being all Larfleeze with them.

After a encounter with the Monster Society of Evil, Batman is reeling from a ray that is making him younger. If things can't get any worse they do, the Society has a new boss, Mr. Mind. His scheme is well, so big it'll take Batman and the entire Marvel Family to bring him down.

Ooooh another Captain Marvel episode, yet even better since this time they're focusing on the one villain from his gallery that I've been hungering to debut on this show, Mr. Mind. I mean come on, we'd never see this fiend taken seriously in Justice League or Justice League Unlimited. Plus I have to confess, of all the Big Red Cheese's rogues, he's my favorite. I mean how can you not love an evil Caterpillar who wants to take over the world? How I ask you?! Plus him matching wits and be around with Doctor Sivana was just so amusing to watch. They where almost the entire highlights of the episode if not for the other half being also dandy.
The other reason why this episode rules, is we see the Marvel Family in full display here (Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and CM Jr) and more of the cheese's entire world. It's so fun watching all three in action, it almost makes me sadder to know how criminally underused and mismanaged in the current DC Universe. The family banter to the way they fight. All of it was golden.
As for the actual plot with Batman reeling and seeing teenage Batman to baby Batman. I have to admit each aspect was played to perfection. Proving the humorous to serious. I almost wonder how Diedrich Bader didn't break his voice during this episode using various pitches.
But the best thing I enjoyed was seeing the twist happen at the climax. I'm such a sucker for these sorts of battles. Plus the finale bridges a nice gap between the past and current versions of Mr. Mind. Once more this show just nails how to bring old golden age ideas and bring them up to date.
If there's anything that is negative about this episode is that it ended. It was so damn fun and so damn good that it ended just so darn quickly. Everything about this episode just ruled. From the villains to it's heroes to the epic climax. Everything was balanced well, and again this show balanced the comic eras quite well. Dangnabbit! Why does this show have to end? The crack of this show is just too good! It's perfect for any age and just when you think it cannot get any better for the comic book fan, it does. Oh boy does it.

5 out of 5

Review by: Zechs


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About the Author - Zechs

Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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