Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review of the Week: Batman '66 meets The Green Hornet.

Remember when the 60's Batman and Green Hornet shows crossed over? Well, since DC has a comic based on that old Batman show why not revisit that story for a crossover comic? This story involves the second meet up of our two pairs of heroes. This issue has our two pairs of heroes try to stop the theft of some priceless fossils from a train headed from Gotham to the Green Hornet's city and at the end of the issue they end up with their feet glued to the top of the train as it heads for a tunnel in typical Adam West Batman style death trap cliffhanger.

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.

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