Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Last Patrol may be one of the best episodes of this fantastic series thus far. The episode (a wonderful adaptation of Doom Patrol #121 from 1968) pits the Doom Patrol (and Batman) against their greatest foes after years of inactivity.
While it was incredible to see the return of C-list DC villains like the Brain and Monsieur Mallah on a mainstream children’s show again (they were the main villains during the fifth season of Teen Titans) , it was even better to see the first animated appearances of Animal-Vegetable-Mineral-Man (who only made a cameo during the final season of Teen Titans), Nazi commander General Zahl, and the ridiculously obscure the Arsenal and the Mutant Master (two enemies who were introduced and promptly discarded of in 1967).
Also of note Robotman was voiced by HENRY ROLLINS, I seriously can’t express how excited I was when it was announced that he would be returning to DC Animation (Rollins previously voiced Mad Stan in Batman Beyond). Rollins did an amazing job conveying Cliff Steel’s pain and sorrow, he easily stole the show from whoever voiced Elasti-Girl and Negative-Man (and thats not just my inner Rollins fanboy bleeding through). BtBaB is an amazing series and such a visual treat for both longtime DC fanboys and those new to the DC Universe. Though the show may put off some viewers with it’s distinctly Silver-Age style (especially compared to previous DC animated properties) I cannot recommend the series enough.
Next week’s episode will feature Black Orchid (the first time the character has been used outside of a comic book) in the cold open and while the rest of the episode will feature the Bird of Prey, and get this the episode is written by none-other then Gail Simone, herself!