Friday, November 8, 2013

Green Lantern #25 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Billy Tan, Rob Hunter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

The Will To Use It!

Alright so now that the Third Army has been defeated, and the First Lantern has been vanquished, and Relic has been put on ice, we get a single issue that stands by itself!  It's an early Thanksgiving miracle!  So all that stuff is done let's see how the Green Lantern title can completely double for the Green Lantern Corps. title.  Seriously now that Hal is the leader of the Corps., you could completely switch the titles around and no one would be able to tell the difference.  So let's quit bitching, and check it out.

Explain It!:

So after we've gone through all these big bads, and the loss of Oa, the Corps. are seriously dwindled.  So of course let's make it a little more dramatic.  A few of the senior members are now refusing to wield their rings, due to the drain of the emotional spectrum.  Which does make sense, but the members still want to police their section without the rings.  I'm wondering how Venditti is going to make this happen?  Paint a Lantern symbol on a star ship, and load up on guns?  Just doesn't seem right, hopefully I'm far off base.  So back to the story.  The new plan for the Green Lantern Corps. is to police the universe against people using the emotional spectrum.  So many things wrong with this.  But even so, this line of thinking brings us to the actual story.

Back in issue #22 of Green Lantern during the Larfleeze invasion of Oa, Lantern Cossite was killed by a science cell prisoner Nol-Anj.  Nol-Anj was able to do this when she was selected for her great love to become a Star Sapphire.  Nol-Anj escaped Oa in a stolen star ship using Larfleeze as a cover for her getaway.  But now that Relic is dealt with we can get back to some good old fashion revenge/justice.  

So Hal and Kilowog track down the fugitive, and lure her out by threatening her clan.  See Nol-Anj's great love is for her clan, so one in danger, will bring love gun a runnin.  Now we have a classic construct fight between Hal and Nol Anj.  Kilowog deals with the natives, and after he's victorious, the two on one odds tip the scale.  

In the end Nol-Anj uses her Star Sapphire powers in a way we haven't seen before.  She unleashes several tethers that find people all over the sector, and bring them to her aid.  So far for this issue love wins out in the end.

Bits and Pieces:

So the status quo as we know it has been changed, so this issue is getting us familiar with what shall now be the norm.  New home, and new mission statement.  But it all feels a bit stale.  With Hal in charge of the Corps. it feels that we have two Corps. titles instead of just one, and the Green Lantern Corps. was the least interesting title I felt in the group.  But this is an alright issue, and a jumping on point so I'll continue to wait and see if I get one of my favorite titles back on the pedestal I once had it on.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Yet Another DC CW Show In Development

Hollywood Deadline is reporting that CW is developing yet another show based on the Vertigo imprint IZombie.  Now never reading this title, I have to say that this is a better idea for a show than a Hourman.  A show based on a DC title that has nothing to do with the rest of the DC Universe is the right way to go.  Not just throwing a bunch of shows together and adding a cape to the main actor.  Marvel's got their Movie/Television Universes down, and DC needs to play catch up.  But to do it right, you need to take your time and flush out everything.  Alright enough ranting here's the link to the official story.    iZombie

Phantom Stranger #13 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Fernando Blanco
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

So Many Questions.....And The Question

When last we left the Stranger, the Sin Eater and his devil dog destroyed the last piece of the Phantom Stranger's humanity when they burned down the home of his human persona. So let's see where this will take him.  Drum roll please............................

Explain It!:

Within the flames of his former home, The Phantom Stranger confronts the Sin Eater, but is quickly subdued by the demonic dog, whose words pierce the Stranger's soul.  But before they can do any serious damage, the two are called away to what the devil dog calls more pressing matters.  Outside the neighbors are poking their noses around, and speculating on what happened to the Stark family .  So to clear up this little story line, the Phantom Stranger simply implants a suggestion to them.  So in the morning all will believe that the Stark family moved away months ago.  Done and done.  

The neighbors aren't the only ones outside the burning home, Zauriel the angel that erased the Stranger from existence a few issues back, is here to make amends.  Zauriel also reminds Phantom Stranger of a promise he made, to the late Dr. Light, back in Trinity War when a rag tag band of heroes stormed heaven to find the truth! OH YEAH!  Alright I'm back now.  Dr. Light left a piece of his soul with the Stranger to give to his family as a way to say goodbye.  Stranger unleashes the light over top the Light home, and Dr. Light's wife, and two daughters have fond, and loving dreams about the man they called husband, and father. 

Now that the promise has been fulfilled.  The Stranger has some unfinished business over in Hub City.  The Question is in his basement HQ/home/paranoid filled hole, when the Stranger comes to get some payback, for the Question trying to kill him some issues ago.  But we're finally shown what the New 52 Question can do.  His powers apparently run from turning into question mark shaped smoke, to teleporting, to asking a question that invades your mind, and changes the way you think.  So much for the Vic Sage we all knew and loved.  So the Question teleports the Stranger and himself to Jerusalem, where he turns the people of the city against the Stranger.  Phantom Stranger quickly stops them, but the Question asks him things that almost leads to the Stranger committing suicide with the spear of destiny.  But our hero is saved by another piece of Dr. Light's soul that was secretly given to the Stranger as a gift.  As the brilliant light engulfs him, the Stranger is given a new path to follow, and the crisis has ended.  Kinda like a heavenly suicide hotline.  

So the fight has ended, and Zauriel returns to take back the spear of destiny from The Question, knowing he's outmatched the Question disappears.  The Phantom Stranger and Zauriel walk around asking who each thought would win in a fight Kilowog or The Thing.  No wait that was a discussion I was having with Jim.  Anyway they were probably talking about something silly when Phantom Stranger disappears.  In the end the Stranger is on the ground next to The Question, and surrounded by Pandora, Constantine, Nightmare Nurse, and Swamp Thing.  Who all want The Strangers help in killing evil.

Bits and Pieces:

Well now we've led up to what will become Forever Evil: Blight, and we might finally have a reason for calling this title Trinity of Sin.  We get a lot more Question in this issue, and finally find out a little bit more about this character that the fans have been clamoring for.  But not enough for us to sink our teeth into, just a bit about his crazy new powers.  But all in all the Phantom Stranger continues to please, and is month after month one of the best books DC has to offer.  If your not reading this book you really should be, and if you are you know what I'm talking about.  


Green Arrow #25 Review

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Let's Play Moth in the Middle

Oliver Queen is a man haunted by the past.  The comic (and also the excellent Arrow TV show) spend so much time in flashback mode that sometimes I think he spent 20 years on the Island.  Well, Green Arrow #25 gives us a Zero Year tie-in and flashback to when Oliver returned to Seattle fresh off the island. Surprisingly, even with loose ties to Batman and Gotham, this issue is my favorite tie-in so far.

Oliver Queen has returned to Seattle and. unfortunately,  he immediately finds out his Mother has gone missing in Gotham during the Blackout caused by the Riddler.  He sets off for Gotham where he joins Diggle and Batman to battle Killer Moth who has set his sites on Moria Queen and her large bank account.

Jeff Lemire does a great job showing a young Green Arrow and Batman.  They are both getting their feet wet in the hero business and don't want to share the spotlight.  The interaction between the two is great and something I wish we could get more of in the future.  The real scene stealer though is Killer Moth.  He is hilarious in his attempts at convincing Batman that moths are dangerous and ferocious creatures.  Lemire shows us that the Blackout is inspiring both heroes and villains, some better than others.

Andrea Sorrentino's art is great as usual.  His style really fits the gritty darkness of Gotham on the verge of disaster.  The visuals tell as much of the story as Lemire's script and together they work magic.

The backup is pretty good as well.  It shows the beginnings of the Oliver-Diggle relationship, a relationship founded on trust and respect.  It sets up what is to come in the near future and as a Diggle fan, I can't wait.

Lemire and Sorrentino takes the loose Zero Year ties and turns it into the strongest tie-in to date.  Oliver and Batman are heroes at the beginning of their careers and it shows.  The interaction between them, Diggle and a certain murderous insect are great.  Highly recommended.


Forever Evil #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: David Finch
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Meanwhile At The Legion Of Doom.

This book picks up where Forever Evil, Justice League, and Rogues Rebellion left off.  I can't imagine how
DC is going to screw us when this becomes a collected trade.  If you don't think it will happen go try to read "Death of the Family" as a trade, and then you'll believe me.  Bitching aside let's dive back into this event, that even though seems to have a crisis of infinite tie-ins, continues to delight.

Explain It!:

Right away in this issue we finally find out what happened to the Justice Leagues.  Or maybe we found out before, and I just wasn't paying attention, but that doesn't matter.  We find out that Deathstorm actually locked them all away inside his Firestorm Matrix.  Didn't see that one coming, but it makes sense how everyone had their own infinite prison in the last issue of JLA.

Moving on Batman and Catwoman have just returned Cyborg to Star Labs, so that his father can possibly save his life.  But then Batman notices whats on TV that night, and sees the unmasking of Nightwing.  Now the Syndicate is on Batman's bad side.  Don't worry folks, Batman's got this, Forever Evil should be done in no time now.

In the skies above, we come back to the ultimate showdown of baddies.  Black Adam Vs. Ultra Man.  When last we saw, Black Adam started out strong, but found out that Ultra Man's no pushover.  Now the two are in a midair struggle for control of the fight.  Black Adam Shazam's the lightning down, and gives Ultra Man a shock of a life time (I swear there will be no more puns).  But Ultra Man doesn't go down.  He realizes that without silly words Black Adam isn't a match for him.  So what does he do?  He crushes Black Adam's jaw.  Yep crushed it.  Black Adam goes down into the ocean and disappears.  Crushed it.

Let me take you back to Rogues Rebellion, where the Rogues are confronted by Deathstorm, and Power Ring.  Alright are you there?  Excellent.  The Syndicate members want to know why the Rogues haven't destroyed Central City yet.  The Rogues start talking which makes Power Ring nervous, and for the first time we see Power Ring freak out, and use his powers, it's all pretty cool, and pretty funny.  But even though the Rogues start the fight out strong, Deathstorm goes into Captain Cold's DNA and takes away his powers.  Now I don't know if DC has been reading my mind, but ever since the Rogues got actual powers I've been screaming "NO NO NO!"  maybe I have a few issues yes, but Captain Cold having powers isn't one of them anymore.  Ha ha!  The rest of the Rogues escape into the mirror world, and their exit is closed off to them, while Captain Cold tries to make his escape.

In the end, well I'm a little confused.  See Bizarro, and Luthor are at the ocean front, doing something.  I don't know what, and then Captain Cold shows up.  All of a sudden Captain Cold gets from Central City to Metropolis?  See confused.  But coming out of the ocean, Black Manta emerges with the body of Black Adam, so now we have the beginning of our Legion of Doom.  Can't wait to read more.

Bits and Pieces:

I just love this event.  Forever Evil may be a bit lengthy with the tie-ins, but each issue seems to be better than the last.  There isn't much to say that, I haven't already said about the creative team of this book, just brilliant.  The best part of this issue is that the tie-ins are starting to come together for this one title, so hopefully we'll get all of Forever Evil culminating into this series, and have a giant holy shit moment.  All in all, great book.  Can't wait till next issue.


Batman vs Superman to feature...Nightwing?!

I don't know about you, but here at Weird Science there is no one we trust more with rumours than the Latino Review.  If these guys reported that Eric would die watching the Gilmore Girls in the nude, I would take all his GG boxsets away and bury them.  Or at the very least,  I would just make him watch the show with pants on for Christ's sake.

Well, according to the site, the upcoming Batman vs Superman will introduce Dick Grayson, not as Robin, but as Nightwing.  To go along with this, Ben Affleck's Batman is supposedly a tired and broken Batman who hasn't spoken to the former Robin in years.  This premise actually makes sense since in September, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told reporters that Affleck was perfect to play a Batman who was "tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while."

here is a link to Latino Reviews scoop video HERE

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Earth 2 #17 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tom Taylor 
Art By: Nicola Scott
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Nerdgasm 2: Electric Boogaloo

So when last we blew our load all over Earth 2, Superman wanted to kill everything.  So go back and check out my review for Earth 2 #16 if you missed it, and if you missed it how dare you.  So let's jump back into a world where Superman is a bad guy, and all the heroes who could stop him are pretty much rookies.  So say the magic words and I'll....

Explain It!:

We start this issue in an underground base with General Lane, and Dr. Crane. (possibly a non crazy Scarecrow of Earth 2?)  With Superman now of the crazy variety, General Lane needs to activate the Red Tornado, who we find out in this Earth is Lois Lane.  Not sure on the science but somehow they saved her consciousness when she died five years ago.

Outside the group of wonders are trying to regroup and figure out how to take down Superman.  Nobody has any Kryptonite, so how else do you take down the Man of Steel?  Poor poor Dr. Fate knows that magic is the only way.  So Dr. Fate goes out to face Superman, and in my mind the fight lasts about two minutes.  It's so bad, how much punishment Dr. Fate takes.  But before it's too late Flash rushes in and gets him out of there.  We find out that all that punishment Fate took, cracked the helmet of Nabu, and when Flash takes the helmet off, well apparently it cracked Khalid too.  He starts spouting off nonsense, which Red Arrow takes for insanity or prophecy, but we don't know which yet.  Flash runs back off to get Superman's attention so that others may get away.

Back in the underground facility, Red Tornado isn't the only awesome thing down there.  Batman is making his way down to the sub levels to where they keep all the monsters and madmen they've rounded up over the years. All the security of the World Army doesn't stand a chance. Batman makes his way to the vault, and makes his intentions clear.  He plans on unleashing all these monsters to try to take down Superman.

Meanwhile Superman's tantrum has made the facility very unstable, and the lab crumbles killing General Lane.  Before he dies Red Tornado comes to his side, and we see that Lois Lane does actually live inside the robotic shell.  Before he dies, General Lane is comforted in the thought that his daughter actually lives on.

Bits and Pieces:

After last issue, I really don't see anyway that this issue couldn't be great.  There is so much going on, and for this book it isn't a hindrance.  You care about every story that is going on, and the only thing that makes it hell is that in the end you have to wait another month to get more.  Tom Taylor makes a strong first performance for this book, and as always Nicola Scott's artwork reinforces why I'm a comic book fan.  By far the best title DC has to offer in the New 52.  Go get it now.


Detective Comics #25 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: John Layman
Art By: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

A Gordon Story......YAY!

We now interrupt own regularly scheduled Detective Comics to bring you......Zero Year.

Now this is a Zero Year Tie-In, which thankfully means we're right along side of Batman Zero Year's timeline. Riddler just knocked out the power to the whole of Gotham, and a super storm is approaching, which seems to be the glue that holds all these tie-ins together.  So let's hop right into this issue.

Explain It!:

So after the Red Hood gang came along and riled up all the would be criminals, new gangs have come along to fill the void they left behind, now that Batman has taken them down.  We get to see that Gordon is investigating the newly emerged Black Mask gang.  But he's realizing that the GCPD might not be as noble as himself.  

Gordon does some investigating of his own on Roman Sionis, who owns Janus Industries, and seems to be around all the robberies that the Black Mask gang has committed.  Gordon goes back to Commissioner Loeb to tell him that he believes Sionis is responsible for the crimes, and that he has officers on his payroll who are moonlighting as security for him.  Loeb frustrated, partners Gordon with Henshaw from Internal Affairs.  The two spend a week collecting information on dirty cops, and right when they are going to bust Sionis, Henshaw shows his true colors.  The gang beats the hell out of Gordon, and try to make his death look like a suicide by throwing him off of the New Trigate Bridge.  But somehow Gordon survives.  

Back at the station house Henshaw is planting the seed of suicide in the minds of the other officers, saying he hasn't seen Gordon, but he seemed really depressed last he saw him.  But Gordon comes walking in, and busts him in the jaw.  On the way back to the GCPD, Gordon went and broke into Henshaw's apartment and got all the evidence on him, and all the other dirty cops in the department.  In the end Sionis gets away, and all the cops that were working for him, came to an unfortunate end.  But the question still remains how did Gordon survive the fall of the Trigate Bridge?  I'm pretty sure you can guess.

For the backup this month, we're back in our normal time line.  The police are investigating a suicide at the Trigate Bridge.  A witness claims that the person walked out on the bridge and jumped off, but half way down it was grabbed by a bat like figure.  Surrounding the crime scene a officer recognizes a disheveled Kurt Langstrom.  When the officer approached him, Langstrom screamed out "It was her, she did this I have to stop her."  Then Langstrom turned into Man-Bat and flew away.  So it looks like we'll be having some more Man-Bat in the future.

Bits and Pieces:

Well luckily we just ended a story arc, so Zero Year doesn't just butt it's way in, and tell us to just deal with it.  Being a Gordon story "which I love", we get a feeling very reminiscent of Batman: Year One, but different enough to not feel like a rehash.  With Layman's Detective run coming to an end, I really hate to have a tie-in interrupt what could have been, but this was a good issue, and I'm glad we got to see it.  So go check it out and bask in the story telling of John Layman while we still have it.


Action Comics #25 Review

Written by:Greg Pak
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Rock Me Like a Hurricane

Action Comics #25 is a Zero Year Tie-in that curiously doesn't have much of a Zero Year tie-in.  Gotham and certain events are referenced, but prior knowledge of the event is not needed to enjoy this issue at all. What we do get is good old t-shirt and jeans Superman in all his cocky, fun and younger self.  He is so eager to prove his worth as a hero to the World and him self that he welcomes any chance to show his powers.  When a Superstorm is poised to hit Gotham City,  he hitches a ride there to try and stop a Hurricane.  Just let that soak in...he is trying to stop a Hurricane!

Greg Pak brings the fun back to Action Comics and Superman in a big way.  I have read the whole Action Comics run and can truthfully say that issue #25 is the first that made me want to be Superman.  I want to be the young hero learning how powerful he is by attempting the impossible.  We see Superman fighting Thugs and natural disasters and laughing the whole time.  He is having the time of his life and we are there for the ride.

One complaint I had with this issue is the lack of young Clark Kent.  We get plenty of Superman which is great, but I wish there was more Clark and his struggles to make his way in the world.  What little we do get of Clark is so well done that you can't help but want more.

We do get a heavy dose of childhood sweetheart, Lana Lang.  She ends up being on the dangerous end of the egg beater in the main story and the backup.  I like her being in the book, but is she that unlucky?  It seems a little forced, especially the backup which is essentially the kickoff to Pak's new and continuing Action Comics storyline.

Aaron Kuder's art is a mixed bag.  The action scenes look great as does the look of young Clark/Superman.  His take on Lana doesn't fare as well.  A couple panels make her look plain bizzare, while others had me guessing if I was looking at her or another character all together.

Bits and Pieces:

Action Comics #25 is a Zero Year tie-in in little more than name only.  What we do get is the fun t-shirt and jeans Superman and the promise of Greg Pak's future on the book.  Pak and Kuder make Superman fun again and if this issue is an indication, fans may finally get the book they've been waiting for since the start of the New 52.


Batman/Superman #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Surviving The Game!  

Alright Brett Booth starts out his run on Batman/Superman, I've been waiting for this since the series creators were announced.  So let's just dive into the issue.

Explain It!:

We begin this issue how every issue should start.  Batman and Superman bantering.  I just love the interactions, and in my opinion, and by no means humble, this is the best part of any Batman Superman book, and what I feel lacked in the first four issues of this title.  We see that Batman is battling Metallo, while Superman is in outer space smashing asteroids that threaten the earth.  Well Batman being Batman subdues the metal monster while barely breaking a sweat.  Superman comes back, and busts Bruce's balls about only being a man.  So the two part ways, but Metallo disappears.  Superman goes to check out the military installation that housed Metallo, and apparently he never left.  

But back in Gotham, The Toy Master is amazed at the graphics on the video game he just played where he was fighting Batman.  So if Toy Master thinks that this is just a game, and his designer isn't telling him otherwise, who is behind this standard sci fi video game story?  Well we'll get there.

We see that the asteroids that Superman smashed are coming down and burning up in earth's atmosphere.  But the dust is lingering, and even makes it's way down into the Batcave.  But as far as I can tell this asteroid dust will come into play later in the story arc, because other than Superman knowing that something is wrong with people up and down the eastern sea board, we don't get anymore indication on whats going on with it.

Meanwhile.... Toy Master wants the game to continue, so he invites a few of his friends to join in on testing the beta.  They go into the game and decide to work together to take down Batman.  But somehow they're working together like Voltron, because four people are controlling one hologram... Or deadly physical hologram thing.  Batman goes back to the scene of the fight he had with Metallo, and finds Nightwing already there investigating.  Once Batman's guard is down Nightwing attacks.  The duo take the fight across rooftops, until Toy Master recognizes his home.  So he takes the fight there, and to his surprise.... He's there.  So now that Toy Master knows the truth, that the game is real, he tells Batman how to take down the holodick.  Toy Master's designer comes in and tries to stop Batman from destroying the console, but before she can, and before Toy Master knows is the designer is real or another hologram.  A space ship comes down and ID4's the home.  In the rubble Batman sees who's behind is dastardly deed; Mongul.  

In the end we see Batman calling Superman for help.  Batman's down, and looking bad, as Mongul has a giant blaster pointed at his head.  What a way to leave me in suspense.  Bastards!

Bits and Pieces:

This is a great issue, and is a throwback to what we loved about Worlds' Finest of yesteryear.  We get the fun banter between these two power houses, that seemed to be missing in the first four issues.  Everything in this issue was great, Greg Pak delivers a satisfying Sci Fi story, and even though its been seen before, it feels fresh with our favorite superheroes.  Also Brett Booth is a perfect fit for this title, and I hope he continues to be on this creative team for a long time.  Go out and get this title, and have a fun time.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DC's CW's Hour Man?

So with a hit like Arrow hitting up the small screen every week, it's no surprise that both DC, and the CW want to add to their superhero line up.  So to join the roster of Superhero shows, we're told that the Flash will be making his debut on Arrow, before getting his own series.  Yep, makes sense.  With Justice League announced, and Batman Vs. Superman already filming, we have to get a mythology set.  Even if it will be a confusing one between the large and small screens.  Now we have two popular characters ready to go, why not make it a hat trick?  There are so many characters to choose from, especially ones who would have a hard time carrying a entire movie on their own.  Well the only way to go about it, is to go obscure.  Wait wait wait.  That doesn't make any sense.  Sorry but nonsense wins out in the end.  

The new story being reported by TV Guide is that the CW is trying to put together a Hour Man television show.  Now I'm all about the Golden Age, and I really want Hour Man to appear in Earth 2 continuity.  But how can a character of this caliber be able to carry a series?  Also we have a very loose DC Universe going on right now.  Nothing is tight or in anyway making me believe that all these characters live in the same world.  So to add to the confusion why not add a Golden Age character to the mix, and screw me up some more.  Go check out the full story over at TV Guide, and tell us what you think of the could be, upcoming new hit, HOUR long series.     CW's Hour Man

Even though this ended up coming off as a rant.  I assure you I love the character of Hour Man, and remember......

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Batman '66 #18 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Ted Naifeh
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 30, 2013

Batman and Robin face off against Olga, the Queen of the Cossacks .  You see, Olga is the girlfriend of Egghead whom the Dynamic Duo put behind bars.  Out for revenge, she sics her Bessarovian Henchmen and trained Bears on them and falls in love with Batman in the process.  Meanwhile, Barbara Gordon may have set up future trouble with her interest in an ancient mystical book.

Jeff Parker and Ted Naifeh give us what feels like a filler/setup issue of Batman '66.  As I've said before, one of my criteria for rating this book is if it would have made a good episode of the original television show. This issue is harder to make the call then most.  Not much happens story wise, but what does is very funny.  I laughed that the outskirts of Gotham appear to be Siberia while Gotham is enjoying a nice Summers day.  Batman and Robin riding trained Bears is a great visual and the end brawl is part dance,  part sword fight that ends just perfectly.  Olga is not a great Villain, but her fickleness makes her interesting.comical at least.

Ted Naifeh's art is great.  This issue has the look I really want for this book.  It is not as realistic as Tom Templeton's, but it's also not too cartoony either.  It fits the book so well.

I'm not sure if this is a one shot, but I suspect that Barbara Gordon and her mysterious old book may be a setup for the next issue.  If that's the case, I can't wait.  I love me all the Batgirl I can get!

Jeff Parker returns for Batman '66 and while it is all good fun as usual, it feels too much like a filler issue to get too excited about.  The story, while not very fulfilling, is funny and all in good fun.