Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Batman 66 #46 Review

Written By: Gabe Soria
Art By: Craig Rousseau
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The Short Halloween

A story in the world of Batman 66 doesn't always take up all three chapters that the format allows for Batman 66 #46 is. To be more specific it's a Halloween backup story, written by Gabe Soria with art by Craig Rousseau.
so sometimes a backup story is necessary and that is exactly what

The plot of the story is far from intense, following the adventures of a brother dressed as Batman and his sister who is (reluctantly) dressed as Robin, as they hunt out the older kids dressed as Joker and the Penguin who stole candy from a kid dressed as Superman. Going into this one I opened my mind up knowing that it would fit right inline with the campy and zany style of the world of Batman 66.

The art in this particular story is pretty good. It's not of the exact same quality as Brian Schoonover's work in the main story, but it works for what it is: a fun tale about a kid in an Adam West mask. As the brother and sister make their way through the town, trying to hunt out Joker and Penguin, they fall into almost every one of the identifying Batman 66 tropes you can think of: coming face to face and shaking hands, "Holy Statement, Batman", and even the infamous wall climb, which this time around is handled with a rope and a tree.

My only real gripe with the book is in the cover art. Chapter 46 uses cover art that matches up with the cover from the last two chapters which is great for a print release (where I imagine this story will be printed as an actual backup) but for digital reading it's easy to forget which stories are three parters and which have this fun little backups.

More than anything this story serves to entertain children and offer a morality tale about not stealing from other children, with Batman and Robin showing up at the end to reenforce the good values with our young stars.

Bits and Pieces

Without a cliffhanger or immensely deep plot there's not a lot anyone can say about the book, pro or con. It's a short Halloween tale that DC pushed out a few days before Halloween as a treat for the fans. The final panel of the book, with Batman and Robin sitting with the kids from the story, eating candy, really pushes home what this story is about. It's a fun little tale that will entertain and has a lot of Easter eggs for fans of the William Dozier Batman without throwing too much at you at once. It's something I enjoyed reading and would be more than happy to read again next Halloween.


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