Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Batman '66 #29 Review

Written by: Tom Peyer
Art by: Chris Sprouse
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: March 5, 2014

The Butler Did It?

This issue has a few good things going for it, but most of all it is a story that could have been lifted right from the television series.  Seriously, what's better than an episode with mistaken identities, especially when done for nefarious reasons?  

This issue features Alfred's cousin Egbert who is an identical match to Alfred in looks, but his opposite in morals.  He is getting out of the Wayne Foundation Halfway House for the Halfway Corrupt (hilarious) and quickly comes up with a plan for the easy life.  That involves bonking Alfred over the head and taking his place.  The rest of the issue involves Egbert almost discovering the secrets of Wayne Manor and Batman and Robin discovering the secrets of Egbert.  It is really fun.

Tom Peyer does a really good job this issue.  There are some hilarious parts including a really good window gag twist.  Like I said earlier, the best thing about this issue is it could have been an actual episode.  Actually, I wish I could get in a time machine and make it an actual episode because it's that good.  Peyer shows that Batman '66 doesn't need an iconic villain to make a great issue.  After 29 issues, the writers need to stop relying on the television show's rogues gallery and come up with more original ideas.  Tom Peyer is showing them the way.

Chris Sprouse also does a great job.  He has a between realistic and cartoon style that fits the book well. I'd also like to give props to the motion comic medium again this issue.  It's just fun and I can't imagine reading this book in the printed format.  You miss half the fun.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman '66 #29 is a really good issue.  Tom Peyer gives us a great story and a unique villain with the added bonus of some real laughs.  This issue gives me hope for a book that I was growing a bit tired of.  Do yourself a favor and read this digitally so you get the fun of the motion comic.


No comments:

Post a Comment