The adventures of the 1960s TV Batman continue in this week’s installment of Batman ’66. Check out our review after the jump!
Last week the Dynamic Duo and Catwoman were nearly barbequed in an explosion courtesy of the Riddler. This week, they go on the offensive in the concluding chapter of Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case’s inaugural story arc. Will our storytellers stick the landing? Or will an effective ending be a riddle they cannot solve?
Jeff Parker has been able to tell a story that honors the legacy of the 1960’s television series, and we get more of that here. If you’ve been reading this series already, expect more of the same goofy fun. There are several laugh-out-loud moments, including one involving the seating situation in the Batmobile. Parker nails the voice of Frank Gorshin’s Riddler, complete with the excitable sentence structure.
Jonathan Case’s art continues to improve from week to week. Once again providing pencils, inks and colors, I’m going to miss him when he inevitably takes an issue or two break. While Mike Allred’s covers are brilliant, Case’s art is perfect for Batman ’66. The energy on each panel is absolutely electric, which is aided by the panel transitions made possible by the digital format.
As much as I love Case’s art, there are certain moments where either the colors or the line work appears sloppy. Batman explains how he and Robin escaped from last week’s cliffhanger, which was awkward and caused the story to stumble out of the gates before a strong finish.
The first story arc in Batman ’66 concludes in grand fashion. Parker and Case are proving to be a powerhouse team in the digital medium as their “Bright Knight” comic is shaping up to be one of the top places for a Batman fix.