Thursday, December 8, 2016

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 Chapter #2 Review

The Old One-Two!

Written by: Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko
Art by: David Hahn, Karl Kesel, MadPencil and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: December 7, 2016

Of all the crossover books that Batman and especially Batman '66 has been involved with, this one is the one I was most excited for when it was announced.  Not only were they two of my favorite television shows growing up, but I've loved the comics by Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko as well. The things I enjoyed the most out of these individual comics have been when the authors have been able to stray from the usual and give us something unique in a type of "what if" way.  Whether it's characters that were never in the shows, set pieces that would have been way too expensive for television budgets or something like this crossover...having two shows that were a decade apart meld together like some sort of young boys or girls wildest fan fiction.  Of course, it wouldn't work if Parker and Andreyko didn't make sure that it all made sense and after the first issue, it already does. The first chapter established the timeline, gave us a cool situation and an awesome villain(s).  It also ended in a great cliffhanger that was less shock and more anticipation for one of the first things I loved about Wonder Woman.  So, do the good times continue in this chapter?  Let's find out...

The book opens with the end result of what I alluded to above...Wonder Woman in all her glory.  I was the first time young Bruce Wayne saw her (at least in person) and it's pretty cool!  Of course, there isn't time to sit and gawk as Diana leaps into action and it's hunting season on Nazis.  Steve Trevor joins in on the fun (the old one-two!) and while this is going on, Bruce and Talia lead Mr. Finley and his books into a secret tunnel.

I have to admit, at this part of the story I am conflicted in who I like more...Talia or Bruce.  While Bruce shows a bit of the skills that will someday come in handy as the Dark Knight, I can't help but fall in love with sassy little Talia.  She is so awesome!

The story continues with Bruce and Talia running from the Nazis while Wonder Woman heads to help.  Ra's Al Ghul joins the rescue as well, but if you think he is more worried about Talia than getting his hands on those books, I have some Florida swampland I'd like to sell you.

As the chase heats up, Parker and Andreyko make sure to remind you how awesome Wonder Woman is while also injecting the campy humor of the Batman '66 show into the mix.  Diana deflects Nazi bullets while Batman, Robin and Alfred make light of Bruce's naive younger self.

By the end of the chapter, Wonder Woman and Talia join in for an awesome Girl Power moment while Bruce finds himself in more danger than he could have ever imagined.  It's the first of many deadly face-to-face meetings between these characters and another great cliffhanger that means more than just what's on the page.

Bits and Pieces:

I'm sure you can tell that I love this series and while this chapter is mostly setup for the upcoming finale, I had a ton of fun reading it.  Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko seem to be having a lot of fun as well and it's books like this that makes me a fan of the Digital First stuff.  If you are a fan of either property, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.


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