Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet #6 Review

Written By: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman
Art By: Ty Tempelton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

The End of Crime’s Tether

For the last few months DC Comics has been publishing Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet—a followup to the classic Batman TV crossover from the 1960’s William Dozier series, written by Hollywood Babble-On co-hosts Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman.

The plot of the series has been simple, following the Dynamic Duo as they team up with the Green Hornet and Kato, as they attempt to stop General Gumm and the Joker from pulling off the greatest stamp crime in history. This has been a really fun series to follow as it came out and I’ve constantly felt that it’s captured the spirit of the show, as well as of the episode, quite well. 

The cover for the issue—much like the last 5—was done by the great Alex Ross, who previously did Green Hornet covers for Kevin Smith. Ty Templeton was responsible for drawing the book and he did a job that has been consistent through out the mini-series; accurately catching the look of each character. 

Garman has quite an imagination, being on of the largest Batman fans on the face of the Earth, so reading this you can understand why it was never produced as an episode of the series. Garman and Smith pay homage to the classic series in every way they can: up to, and including, a window pop-out cameo by none other than Richard Nixon. If Forrest Gump is the reason Nixon was caught at Watergate then Batman & Robin are the reason he was president to begin with. 

At times it felt as though Garman was reaching past the point of possibility which is saying something for the world of Batman ’66 but he still hasn’t reached a point where the story goes to the point of totally absurd—we can leave that to the Batman ’66 monthly written by Jeff Parker. 

Bits and Pieces

Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet was a fantastic six issue mini-series and issue six wraps up the story quite nicely. I can only hope that the collected edition will feature some kind of extras in it that will motivate me to pick up the bound edition. The worlds of Batman and the Green Hornet blend beautifully in this book and it’s a nice change of pace seeing the Joker working with a man like General Gumm, as opposed to another team-up with Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman. 


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