Sunday, January 12, 2014

Batman '66 #25 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker  
Art by: Craig Rousseau  
Cover Price: $1.99  
Release Date: January 8, 2014

Caught By The Cape

Good (Great?) ole' Zelda the Great.  She just wants to be the greatest escape artist in the World.  Like Dewey Finn, she just wants to put on a kick-ass show.  Problem is, she just isn't good at figuring out new escapes.  So, what is a girl to do?  As we saw last issue of Batman '66, you kidnap Batman and Robin, put them in fantastic and deadly traps and then watch how they escape so she can repeat it onstage.  Simple.

Jeff Parker concludes the Zelda the Great arc with another good issue.  We pick up where last issue started and ended...the Dynamic Duo up to their necks in sand with scorpions bearing down on them.  They escape with some unique singing by Batman, but Zelda is not impressed.  The rest of the issue involves another escape and a surprising turn from camp to seriousness, delving into why people risk their lives and the who and why of being a hero.

This arc has been one of my favorites of Jeff Parker's run.  I really enjoy the campiness of Batman '66, but that can only take you so far.  If the series is going to continue, we need more issues like the last two.  It doesn't just rely on a wacky villain or camp, but mixes those in with a good story.  Keep up the great work, Jeff.

I haven't been a huge fan of the art in the last two issues.  Craig Rousseau's panels just didn't seem to fit the Batman '66 Universe.

Batman '66 #25 shows again that the book doesn't need to rely solely on camp to be good.  The jokes are still their, but so is a good story that touches on the issues of being a hero or villain.  Good stuff, I just wish the art was a better fit for the book.


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