Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Batman '66 #19 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Christopher Jones
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Face the Face

From the moment it was introduced, Batman'66 has been a hilarious trip down memory lane.  Every issue hit on the nostalgia of the Batman TV show that many of us grew up with and others watched on reruns. However, the last couple issues showed a chink in the campy armor.  Yes, the fun factor remained, but without a strong villain, the book took a bit of a slide in the quality department.  I am happy to say that this weeks issue doesn't have that problem.  One of Weird Science's favorite villains, False Face has arrived.
Jeff Parker dials down the hijinks a bit and give us a story that would feel at home on the small screen.  Bruce Wayne is pawning jewelry because it seems Aunt Harriet has been running up tabs around town.  I'm not sure on what, but my guess is ribbon candy and bonnets.  After selling it for dirt cheap, he leaves the store and runs into...Batman and Robin!  They are on the tail of the Riddler and during the ensuing fight, Robin catches a glimpse of Bruce which of course throws him off his game.  

Batman immediately figures out that the impostor is False Face, but before they can hatch a plan, Commissioner Gordon calls and drops a bomb.  The jewelry turns out to be counterfeit and the police are on their way to Wayne Manor to arrest Bruce.  The setup for next issue is great and I can't wait to see how Batman gets out of the jam and deals with False Face.

Batman '66 is always great fun, but without a strong villain it sometimes misses the mark.  Issue #19 doesn't have that problem with False Face on the prowl.  Even though this is one of the least "funny" issues, it is a good story and great setup for more fun to come.


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