Batman '66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes (2017-) #1 by Lee Allred
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Super-powered teenagers from 2966 come back to find the most powerful teenage superhero 1966 has to offer: Robin? Will they be disappointed? And what happens when someone steals their time bubble? Holy Grandfather Paradox, Batman!
Here we are, the comic I've been waiting months upon months to read. I've had a soft spot for the Batman TV show since watching the Batman movie one rainy Saturday afternoon as a kid, and I have fond memories of reading reprints of the Legion of Super-Heroes in Adventure Comics. Was I disappointed! Hell no!
This book, much like Bug!, feels like the Allreds had been waiting their whole lives to create it. You can feel the love for both properties on every page. It's full of Bat-puns and inside jokes about the Legion's history. When Ferro Lad, Braniac 5, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, and Chameleon Boy show up in 1966, they don't get quite what they expect. Robin doesn't even have super powers!
Universo and Egghead didn't do a whole lot besides provide a reason to get Batman into the future with half of the team and Robin leading the Legion in modern day Gotham. I'd say my favorite part of the book was Batman repeatedly rubbing Braniac 5 the wrong way. "Logic is science and computers. Lots and lots of computers."
It was nice to see a cameo appearance by Matter Eater Lad in the background, as promised by Michael Allred on Twitter. I didn't notice the Legion's upside down rocket-shaped clubhouse but I haven't combed through the background yet. There are a lot of other Easter Eggs (ha!) that I noticed by I don't want to spoil them.
At the end of the day, this crossover was as great as I thought it would be. Too bad it's just a one-shot. Five out of five Bat-tastic stars.
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