Batman ’66 #1 (Printed) Review

Batman ‘66 #1 (Printed) Review
By: Jay 
Holy awesome idea Batman! On July 3, 2013 DC released its newest digital comic, which is also
the 1st comic in the DC2 line, Batman
’66
. Following the usual DC Digital First format, DC has released three
digital issues before collecting them in the 1st issue of the
printed Batman ’66 comic. Has DC captured that nostalgic
feeling of the campy Adam West series? Find out in this Bat-review. Cue the
60’s theme.

Has the Riddler truly perished in
a plane crash? Is Catwoman really reformed? Can Batman and Robin thwart the
Riddler’s most challenging riddle yet?
Sorry I couldn’t resist the old
Adam West series style questioning way of setting things up.

Jeff Parker really did his
homework. This book reads like an episode of the infamous Adam West, Burt
Ward Batman TV series. Even the first issue mirrors the first
episode of the show by featuring the Riddler as the villain and having him rob
a museum.

Parker’s pacing also fits in
perfectly with the ‘60’s show. I felt completely immersed in this book. I was
transported back to being a kid watching the re-runs of Batman with me laying on the floor, my chin
propped up by my hands as I smiled while Batman and Robin scaled a building
with my dad. Parker even had someone not familiar with Gotham pop
their head out a window and ask what they were doing.

But if you think that is all this
is, you’re wrong. Parker adds some of his own touches that fit in perfectly
with the feel of the show. The scene with Alfred and Aunt Harriet was spot on
funny, but the scene with Alfred and the Bat-Pole put the biggest smile on my
face. Parker even references the Batdance when a few people at the club ask
Batman to show them how to do his dance.

The story is just one factor to
the overall effect of this comic, with the art being the second. Jonathan Case
brings the 60’s feel of the show to life in the pages of this comic. He gives
us a very simple style that automatically throws you back to the early Silver
Age style art that was prominent during the 60’s and was used in the title
sequences of the show. But it doesn’t stop there. Case takes it a step further
and gives the characters enough likeness that you can picture the show in the
pages of this book. 

My one drawback may be that I read
the three digital issues that make up this printed edition digitally first.
Why? Well Batman ’66 is the first release in the new DC²
format, which the publisher describes as “the next level” of digital
comics. DC² adds new layers to the digital comic’s page by putting in
morphing artwork. What does that mean? Conversations build as you read them.
The pages pop as the special sound effects are layered on to each panel. This
style really works with this series because the layering of the scenes and
sound effects reminds you of the series itself. This element obviously is
missing in the printed edition, but it doesn’t hurt the story or the feel of
the printed version. I’m not sure if this style would work with other titles
though.
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 1
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 2

Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 3
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 4
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 5
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 6
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 7
Digital Edition Page 6 Morph Part 8
Overall with the same Bat-style
and same Bat-humor as the show I highly recommend this title to everyone who
grew up watching the series either in its original run, or reruns like me. If
you’re someone who only wants that dark gritty Batman, then I say skip this
title. But if you are going to pick it up I recommend giving the digital
edition a shot also to add to the overall effect of the story.
 

Printed Edition Page 6

That is what I think about this
book. Let us know what you think about Batman’66 #1 and the
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