Friday, June 6, 2014

Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet #1 (of 6)

   I readily admit that I have a love / hate relationship with the original Batman TV show.

   I hated it because it was so campy, and for the almost 50 years since it became a hit, that's been the image many people have of comic books - Smack! Pow! Blammo! - you know the drill.

   But I also love it because, darn it, the show is a heck of a lot of fun. The stories were entertaining, the jokes were funny (mostly), the actors were wonderful, the visual style was unique - and it was about as close as we were likely to get to a "real" superhero series.

   I watched it without fail and bought my ticket when the theatrical version was released.

   The show was such a big hit that it spawned a spin-off (of sorts), The Green Hornet, now best known for featuring Bruce Lee as the hero's sidekick, Kato.

   Somewhat surprisingly, DC has a "Batman 66" series based on the original TV show, and they've created this crossover with Dynamite Comics to team-up the TV versions of the heroes for what I assume is a comics first.

   They've assembled a great creative team - Kevin Smith on the script and Ty Templeton on the art - and it's a heck of a lot of fun (you know, just like the original series).

   And due credit must go to that amazing cover by Alex Ross, which captures the look of the original series perfectly.

   Look, this series isn't for everyone - I know fans who still carry a grudge. But if you're looking for a fun comic, and you have a sense of humor, then you should be buying this series.

Grade: A-


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