Batman '66, Vol. 1 by Jeff Parker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Batman and Robin fight crime in Gotham City in 1966!
Batman '66 is a series of comics picking up where the Batman television show of the 1960s left off. It's full of puns and Bat-humor. The art is done in a retro style by various creators with awesome covers by Michael Allred.
In this volume, Batman and Robin go up against Catwoman, The Riddler, the duo of The Penguin and Mr. Freeze, the Mad Hatter, the diabolical Egghead, and even team up with The Joker to face a common enemy. I really liked the way Jeff Parker weaves elements of the show with elements of the DCU.
The tales do a decent job of capturing the flavor of the TV show, warts and all. My favorites were the ones featuring the Joker and the one with The Penguin teaming up with Mr. Freeze. The book pokes fun at itself on several occasions, a nice touch.
It was an amusing read but nothing that's going to make me forget about The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 1, Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon, or Daredevil, Volume 1. Three out of five stars. To the British Batmobile!
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