Saturday, October 12, 2013

Batman 66 #15 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Colleen Coover
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 9, 2013

It's a (Bat)Catfight

I am a huge fan of the original Batman television program.  As a 12 year old boy, there were two things that made a Batman episode perfect...Batgirl and Catwoman.  Yes, Batman and Robin's adventures were the reason I loved the show in the first place, but those two ladies were icing on the cake.  When both appeared in the same episode...jackpot!  All these years later, Batman 66 #15 made me excited all over again, just not like a 12 year old boy just hitting puberty.

Yes, Batman 66 #15 features Batgirl and Catwoman.  The famous Tiger Topaz Diamond is on display at the Gotham Museum of Science.  Commissioner Gordan and his daughter Barbara are getting a sneak peak at the exibit and even get to meet designer, Madam Kugar.  Barbara notices that Madam Kugar is very interested in the security measures around the diamond.  She may also have noticed that the ladies name is Kugar and she looks like Ertha Kitt...well maybe not, but she is suspicious.

Later that night, Catwoman breaks into the Museum and is confronted by Batgirl.  I love that Batgirl is impressed by Catwoman's plan of posing as a designer, overseeing the exibit and after all that work, breaking in to steal it.  It is ridiculous and fits great in the 66 universe.  Of course they fight.  This is where the digital comic shines.  Each move, sound effect and funny dialogue pops up in turn, making it more an animated piece than just a comic.  The two also take a page from "They Live" and sit a rest a bit, before fighting again.  It may not be a reference to that, but it is hilarious all the same.  Catwoman is finally caught, Batgirl almost calls him "Dad" and Commissioner Gordan compares her to his librarian daughter.  Perfect.

I have to point out this weeks art.  I was not a fan of last weeks, but Colleen Coover does a great job this week.  It may still be a bit cartoony for some, but it fits the playful story just fine for me.

Batman 66 #15 is a 12 year old boys dream.  Batgirl and Catwoman!  The story is a playful romp that put a smile on my face.  Batman 66 is such a fun book and this issue continues the trend.



  1. Little me was a bit younger than little you, but he/I shared your thrill when watching the 60s Batman show. (My preference was for Julie Newmar in the Catwoman role; not sure if she ever played directly opposite Yvonne Craig.) but if you like this sort of thing, I hope you have seen the short run of "Batman Confidential" that featured the two of them together (around issue 18 or so). They were collected as a (slim) trade, under something like "the cat versus the bat" or some such. Worth the price for their interactions, Batman's reactions and (if nothing else) the nudist club scene :) .

  2. Thanks, I have to check that out. I too always prefered Julie Newmar. I forgot to mention how excitted I'd get when Batgirl's motorcycle sped across the intro. Good times...