Saturday, October 19, 2013

Batman 66 #16 Review

Written by: Tom Peyer
Art by: Ty Templeton
Cover Price:$0.99
Release Date: October 16, 2013

I Guess You Can Judge a Book by It's Cover

Anyone who thinks that DC Comics has forgotten what fun is just needs to look no further than the digital Batman '66 releases.  Fans of the Batman TV show will surely get plenty of inside jokes, but as issue #16 proves, campy Batman is fun for everyone.

The issue opens as Billionaire, Bruce Wayne and Robin, the Boy Wonder are dedicating a $4999.99 oversized check to the Gotham literacy program when Bookworm and his gang bust in.  Yes, Bookworm, played by Roddy McDowall in the original TV series is in the House.  You see, he is after the oversized checkbook kept by the Gotham Chamber of Currency.  It is as goofy and fun as it sounds.
However, Bookworm has more in mind than writing himself some big checks.

Jeff Peyer takes over writing duties and doesn't lose any steam.  The jokes and dialogue are spot on and you can't help but have a smile on your face throughout.  Seriously, the punches, kicks, bad puns and zany explanations fly at you at breakneck speed.  Ty Templeton's art is more of a realistic rendering of the dynamic duo and it fits the story.  My only complaint is that the Bookworm's plan seems a bit under developed, but this is the first issue of the arc so I'm sure it will be worked on in the next issue.

Side note: In the TV series, the Bookworm was the featured villain in the episode that featured the first "window cameo" with Jerry Lewis.  I hope that Peyer can mix one in during this arc.

Bits and Pieces:

If you are a fan of laughing and smiling, pick up Batman '66.  If you are a fan of scowling and frowning, pick up Batman '66.  This book is so much fun and #16 is the start of what already is another fun filled arc.


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