Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Review of the Week: Batman '66 meets The Green Hornet.
Doing this crossover is actually a pretty good idea and there is a lot of fun that can be had with it, at least in theory. This is co written by Kevin Smith and he is a damn fine super hero writer, has a strong love of the 60's Batman show, and has done some Green Hornet already so I really expected a bit better. There was nothing wrong with this, but nothing really grabbed me either. Mostly I think the pacing is the problem. There is absolutely no reason this needs to be a six issue mini. Well, actually there is a reason, so it can be put in a trade paper back. I swear, the rise of the TPB market has been both the best and worst thing to happen to comics in the last decade or so. But really this should have been a prestigious format oneshot, like inter company crossovers of the 90's were, like Spider-man/Batman for example. Plus given the man's infamously abysmal work ethic, I don't know how much I trust Kevin Smith to finish a mini on time, if at all. Should I expect issue two to come out around the same time as the 3rd Avengers movie? Also, and I guess this is a bit of a nitpick, but should we really be using "meets" in the title since these characters have already met?
All and all I can't say this is a bad issue, just not all that good either. If you're a big fan of the 60's Batman show you might get a kick out of it, but otherwise I would say pass, or at least wait for the trade since it's apparently been written for that anyways.