Sunday, February 9, 2014

Batman '66 #27 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: David Williams
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: February 5, 2014

Everybody Chill...or Freeze

Mr. Freeze is one of my favorite villains from the '66 TV Series.  In fact, the character owes all of his success pretty much from his appearances.  The producers had gone through the most popular villains and needed more characters to fight the dynamic duo. They found Mr. Zero from a 1959 comic, renamed him Mr. Freeze and the rest is history.

Batman '66 #27 features the look of my favorite Mr. Freeze, Otto Preminger, but there are shout outs to the two other actors who played him, George Sanders and Eli Wallach.  Jeff Parker gives us a fun little start to a Mr. Freeze story.  People are tired of the summer heat and Mr. Freeze (disguised as an Ice Cream Vendor) offers them "you-coolers" which are personal air conditioners.  Aunt Harriet even buys four and gives one to Bruce, Dick and Alfred.  Of course Bruce is skeptical and takes them to the Batcave where he discovers what they really are.  Then, Bang!  Gotham is under a deep freeze.

Jeff Parker is giving fans of the Batman TV series such goodness each week and this week is no different.  There is plenty of fun here, but we also get an origin of Mr. Freeze and a little buyer beware story.  The best part for me was when the Batmobile gets stuck in the snow near the end of the issue.  Batman is always prepared and this proved it once again.

David Williams is on art this week and I was impressed.  Not just from the art style itself, but his use of the motion comic technology.  This issue really needs to be read digitally.  Trust me.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman '66 #27 was another great issue.  The story of Mr. Freeze and the motion comic art were both top notch.  Do yourself a favor and pick this one up digitally to truly enjoy it.


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