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And Now For Something Entirely Different 0

Another glorious day in Gotham City...But wait! What's this?! The Penguin smuggling mums out of Gotham Airport? And using a trick umbrella to vex The Dynamic Duo with vertigo? Commissioner Gordon and Chief O'Hara positioned nearby as..."back up"?The Caped Crusader manages to foil the cagey bird with a well-placed Batarang; however, The Boy Wonder lands really hard. Even in a comic book it looks painful. Back in the Batcave, they try to deduce The Penguin's plan and it leads Batman to Japan! But ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Less Is More 7

Meet Spawn, a hero with no memory. He is a hero with no past, no secret identity, no idea who he really is. That means he has no baggage. This is the perfect jumping on point! The bits and pieces that he does remember are this: love and hate; good and bad. He was betrayed and given a raw deal; now he's damned to walk the earth with a really long cape, lots of chains and pouches around his thigh. He's Frank Miller's The Dark Knight crossbred with The Amazing Spider-Man black symbiote costume with...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

"Party Man" 0

Another glorious day in Gotham City. But wait, what's this? Egghead stealing eggsquisite antiquities? And foiled by a new hero in Gotham? The Jokerman? The Joker in his George Barris-style Jokermobile manages to arrive on the scene well before The Dynamic Duo! It's almost as if... The Caped Crusader and The Boy Wonder were slowing down! What other explanation can there be?Rob Williams provides Ruben Procopio, Jordie Bellaire and Wes Abbott with a fantastic script for Batman '66 20! Previously we...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Blowing Smoke... 2

The live-action Batman series was a lot like what The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and Murder, She Wrote would be in the '70's and '80's. It was a cool place for cameos and celebrity guest villains. That was the gimmick. Two virtually unknown stars: Adam West as millionaire-socialite, Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman; and Burt Ward as Wayne's youthful ward, Dick Grayson and sidekick, Robin, The Boy Wonder. Each week they would face dastardly villains played by celebrity guest stars.The idea of a c...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Initiate! 0

A shadowy figure infiltrates a secret naval base and begins downloading files on Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor. These four are subjects of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury's "Avengers Initiative". The shadowy figure takes the time to review the video files narrated by Fury himself.Marvel's The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative is a prequel to The Avengers film. The book features four stories featuring each one of "The Big Guns".The GoodThis is an all-ages primer for The Avengers fi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Stunning Conclusion 0

While comic books and live action are both visual, live action will always be the next evolutionary step - the homo superior to comic book's homo sapien. Live action carries tone, inflection and the ability to see things from different angles, where comic books provide a limited perspective. I don't mean to disparage comic books, however, a comic book adaptation tie-in to a film - any film - seems destined to come up wanting.Comes the question, if there is a film, why experience it any other way...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Assembly Required 0

It should be a universal absolute that comic books are as unique an experience as video games, films, television programs and music.Like any comic book fan, I get excited about seeing the action move from the four-color page to the television screen or the silver screen. As a Batman fan, I've enjoyed Adam West's iteration of Batman alongside Michael Keaton's and Kevin Conroy's. Christopher Reeve's Superman is inspiring. An adaptation of a comic book character is usually a one-way street. It is q...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Daring Escape! 0

Bold, vivid color. Dastardly villains. Exciting fights. Incredible death-traps. The 1966 live action Batman television series was unlike any other action series of its time or before. It was ground-breaking not just for super-hero genre television, but for the action-adventure genre as well. It was a sixty minute program, broadcast in thirty minute segments over two nights a week, suspended by a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger was typically an amazing death-trap. Even more amazing is that the show ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Thrilling Days of Yesteryear"...or, "Let's Roll!" 0

What was landmark about the '66 live action Batman television series was that it was in color; and, it brought Batman's rogues gallery to live action for the first time. Batman '66 was unlike The Adventures of Superman in the '50's or the super-hero movie serials of the '40's, which primarily featured gangsters. The Batman movie serials of the '40's are legendary for their political incorrectness. Adam West played up the comical absurdity of Batman on the television series. He played the charact...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Genius. Sheer genius. 0

What Jeff Parker is doing in the pages of Batman '66 is nothing short of sheer genius. It's pretty close to rocket science. Batman '66 14 opens with The Clock King committing a crime based on precision and on a tight time schedule, rather than centered around a clock or timepiece theme. However, he is quickly and easily thwarted by the newest addition to the Batman Family: The Robot-Batman! Developed by The Bright Knight and Professor Overbeck, from Arkham Institute, the Bat-bot will protect Got...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Eggcilirating! 1

For Batman fans, there is nothing more thrilling than seeing the characters and stories "come to life" in either animation or live action. Debate has raged since '66 what impact Adam West has had as "The Bright Knight". There can be no denying how exciting - or eggciting, as the case may be - seeing Batman's rogues gallery come to life on the small screen! Very few might be familiar with the movie serials of the '40's. Fewer still might be interested due to the propaganda and politically incorre...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Blackest Knight! 4

Jeff Parker is killin' it in the pages of Batman '66!Batman '66 sees the return of Egyptology Professor William McElroy. The story opens with his transfer from Yale to Harvard. the scene is almost like a commercial for Geico: what's cooler than Eddie Money as your travel agent? Saving fifteen percent on your car insurance. Here, the college deans are walking around the ground with McElroy and everyone has something that could cause head trauma to the good professor! There are a couple students p...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Holy Double-Dare! 2

Go buy this book. Really, go buy this book.The '66 Batman live-action series is back! All 120 episodes have been restored and made available on both Blu-Ray and DVD; a companion comic is available for digital download and collected in monthly issues; there is a trade paperback collecting the comics that were used developed into episodes; Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman have even teamed up for a sequel to the epic Batman-Green Hornet pairing on the show! There's other merchandising, like HeroClix, r...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Holy Tangled Web! 3

##In Batman '66 15, Jeff Parker brings together a most unusual partnership; The Black Widow and The Penguin! If you too are a fan of the 1966 live action Batman television series, you will, no doubt, remember that The Penguin has infamously worked with The Joker; and, as part of the "World Crime League" with the clown prince of crime as well as The Riddler and Catwoman.Parker's story, with art by Wilfredo Torres, colors by Tony Aviña, and letters by Wes Abbott, opens with scientist and hi...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Starting With A Bang! 0

As a Batman fan, a character like Wonder Woman has very little appeal. I'll confess that Lynda Carter got me through middle school, just as much as Yvonne Craig and Tina Louise got me through grade school and Stephanie Zimbalist got me through high school.Now that I have a daughter, I see Princess Diana quite differently. I see female characters as a whole differently. Does a woman in a story serve as an accessory to the male hero?Gail Simone is brilliant. Her story, Gothamazon, opens with the r...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Bat-Business! 0

Originally, The Batman Adventures was going to be a three-issue mini-series. It was expanded to six-issues. Ultimately, it became an ongoing monthly. As good as the stories were by Kelley Puckett and Ty Templeton, the series really took off with issue number seven, when the late Mike Parobeck came on board as penciller. Batman '66 has been a dynamic comic. The stories by Jeff Parker, Tom Peyer and now Gabriel Soria have been fantastic - like reading an episode of the original live-action series....

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Diamonds Are Forever 0

If there were a scale to rate the villains from the live action Batman '66 series, it might look like an outdoor thermometer. There would be the "Fab Four" at the top: The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and The Joker, in that order. Then there would be the rest of the rogues falling toward the bottom of the scale as far as depth, dimension and interest. False Face might score high points as far as imagination and creativity; although he's a Chameleon one-off and a lighter version of Two-Face. Ki...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Arkham Idol '66! 0

#This is it! A full-issue length story!"The Joker's Big Show" finds Dr. Quinn gathering Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Chief O'Hara, Commissioner Gordon and his daughter Barbara to Arkham Institute's Patient Pageant Night. Catwoman starts the show with a dance performance accompanied by Chandell. King Tut reads poetry. Siren attempts to sing. False Face does impressions. The Joker does stand-up comedy. Every one in the audience starts laughing uncontrollably. He's teamed-up with Catwoman; and they'r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Summer In The City 0

While actress Anne Baxter played two very distinctly different characters on the Batman television series - the ambitious Zelda the Great in Season One and the Russian Olga, Queen of the Cossacks in Season Three - there were instances where more than one actor played the same guest Bat-villain. According to legend, and Joel Eisner's The Official Batman Batbook, Frank Gorshin was looking for a larger paycheck as The Riddler and was replaced in a couple of episodes by John Astin from The Addams Fa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Holy Doppleganger!" 0

It's pretty typical for an actor or actress to play a dual role. Ask any actor, and the answer is usually that there is more fun and depth in playing a rogue than in playing a hero. Heroes do the right thing, while villains have all the fun. Barbara Eden and Elizabeth Montgomery played straight-laced characters on I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched respectively; then, turned right around and cut loose in dual identities opposite themselves on those sitcoms. It's an opportunity to play against type...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"...Born In Arizona, Moved To Babylonia..." 0

Holy golden idols!In 1977 the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago hosted an exhibit on the Egyptian King Tutankhamun. The history, as well as the curse, of King Tut became evident. Pop culture reduced Tut to a Steve Martin parody song in the '70's; and previously a Bat-villain in the '60's. The '60's live action Batman television series was, in it's time, what shows like Murder, She Wrote, The Love Boat and Fantasy Island would be in the '70's and '80's. Shows that would feature legendary...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Never Judge A Bookworm By His Cover" 0

For three-quarters of a century the greatest Batman stories have not been about The Dark Knight. The greatest Batman stories of the last seventy-five years have been about his twisted and tragic rogues gallery. Which is one of the many reasons why the Caped Crusader has endured over all those years. A figure of the shadows, and the background, he appears when needed to thwart more colorful characters. That is truly an enduring quality.There is one figure that has had almost as close a connection...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"...Perchance To Dream." 0

The late Michael Rennie, star of the original "The Day The Earth Stood Still" appeared in a two-part, second season episode partnered with Julie Newmar's Catwoman opposite Adam West's Batman and Burt Ward's Robin. According to Joel Eisner's "The Official Batman Batbook", screenwriter Ellis St. Joseph had turned in a brilliant script for the British actor Robert Morley to appear as the guest Bat-villain. His script was recycled for Catwoman's appearance, Morley turned down the revised, diminished...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It's About...Time. 0

It's shame that the '66 live action Batman television series peaked so quickly and caved in under the weight of it's own formula. Over the years a term has been coined, "simulacrum", to defined how similar each episode is to each other based on the formula. First, a villain commits a crime. Gotham police are alerted. Commissioner Gordon uses the Batphone to call Batman. The Dynamic Duo race to police headquarters; then, either back to the Batcave or to an encounter with the villain. The episode...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Eggsquisitely Delicious! 0

It would be easy to assume from the Batman '66 series that all of The Bright Knight's rogues are equal. That The Riddler, is the greatest of the rogues since he was the first to make an appearance. Or, since the Dynamic Duo faced Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and The Riddler that those four stand out above the rest. Picking up Detective Comics or Batman Comics there is a different ranking or rogues. Batman's greatest adversary is The Joker.He doesn't have a mustache in the comics...Jeff Parke...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Wild!" 0

Everyone buys the first issue. That's a broad generalization; more people buy the first issue of a comic book than the second issue. Sales figures bear out that the sophomore issue of a comic book sells fewer copies than a first issue. Fewer people stick with a title beyond that first issue. The second issue of Batman '66 is cool, though, in more ways than one.Jeff Parker is back, with Ty Templeton on art and a giant iceberg in Gotham Harbor! The Penguin is holding the city ransom! His iceberg i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Bright Knight Returns! 0

There is a reason "The Bright Knight" is such an enduring pop culture icon. Batman can be divided into two distinct eras. Light and Dark. At first, Batman was a dark, Gothic figure. Once Robin was introduced, the tone lightened. When the Batman television series was launched it was a product of its time; but, the Batman that was brought into living rooms was the Batman of the '50's in the '60's. The morals and values The Bright Knight passed along to The Boy Wonder seem out of place and anachron...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Super Saturday Mornings 0

This was an homage to Super Friends? Really? Seriously? Okay.Honestly, it never read or felt like a slavish, blatant tribute to Saturday mornings. Maybe it was because it featured the full Justice League line-up and dispensed with Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai; Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog; and Zan, Jayna and Gleek. This reads more like a definitive Bronze Age Justice League story. What Super Friends could have and should have been. The story is a little heavy and melodramatic for Saturday...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Super friends 0

Comparisons between the Justice League and The Avengers are inevitable. Just like comparisons between the Doom Patrol and the Fantastic Four; or, between The Invaders and the Justice Society of America or the All-Star Squadron. Comparing DC teams to Marvel teams is like comparing apples to oranges. The Invaders fought World War II mostly in Europe, while the All-Stars and the JSA were kept out of Hitler's front yard by the magic he used through the Spear of Destiny. While both teams have strang...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Just Super 0

Okay, so maybe what Paul Dini and Alex Ross have been doing amounts to over-hyped fan-fiction. But I like the early '70's they've recreated. It took me a while to put together all four of their over-sized graphic novels; Peace on Earth, War on Crime, Power of Hope and Spirit of Truth. Once I had them all, I was hooked. Like reading Marvels and Kingdom Come. Kurt Busiek. Mark Waid. Paul Dini. Ross keeps some good company! JLA: Secret Origins could be nothing more that an over-sized Who's Who, or ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Holy Houdini, Batman! This is like - - magic! 0

The biggest announcement of the year, for Batman fans and comic book fans, is that ALL three seasons of the Batman '66 television series will be collected on Blu-Ray and DVD sometime in 2014. That is the culmination of a merchandising flurry that started in the summer of 2013. Launched with the digital-to-print Batman '66 comic.If you are not reading this comic, you should be.Like the television series, Batman '66 is and light-hearted and madcap. Yes, it is campy. To quote the late Don Adams' Ma...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

What Fear Lurks In The Hearts of Batman and Dog? 1

The question for all-ages writer Sholly Fisch is, how do you build and maintain momentum on a book like Scooby-Doo Team-Up? The first issue featured the Mystery Inc. gang teaming up with Batman and Robin. Originally, the book was conceived as a mini-series that would be Scooby Doo-Batman team-ups. This second issue runs the risk of being a Batman Forever or Spider-Man 3. A bloated excess of too much of a good thing that caves in on itself. There are some excesses, but none that hamper an enjoyab...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Holy Two-In-One! 1

Growing up with Scooby Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang the best episodes were the guest episodes. They met stars like Dick Van Dyke, Sandy Duncan, Don Adams, The Harlem Globetrotters and Batman. It was fun to see Batman and Robin with Scooby Doo. That kept the whole theme going from the 1966 live action Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward through The New Adventures of Batman and Super Friends. Watching Super Friends, with Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog, was like the best of all worlds. Like ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Digest-ibility! 1

The Beloit College Mindset List is an invaluable resource understanding the current generation. It helps college professors understand the perspective of entering freshmen; it should help people understand the audience he/she/they are trying to reach.There was a time before trade paperback collections; padded monthly comics designed for trade paperback collection and graphic novels. There was a time when comic books only reprinted themselves in comic book pages. The value and collectibility of a...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 0

Thankfully, Superman in Action Comics 0 is the conclusion to the four-part "Peer Pressure" storyline running through all the Superman Zero Issues.Superman wakes up after being stunned by Conduit's Kryptonite ray blast. He speeds back to the apartment to make sure Lois is alright; because, that is after all, what matters most.Conduit returns to his base of operations, The Pipeline, in the Metro Palace Theater. he is a rogue CIA agent that has managed to put together a highly organized and staffed...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A "Baldy" Sour Or A Sour "Baldy"... 0

Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding pick up the second chapter of "Peer Pressure" from Superman: The Man of Steel 0, here in Superman 0 as October 1994's Zero Month continues, following the Zero Hour: Crisis In Time event. This could have been the launch of the storyline. It should have been. The cover image is striking and engaging. The interior art is cleaner than Bogdanove's on The Man of Steel.The story here opens with the mysterious, shadowy Conduit planting a device somewhere. He is discovered ...

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Titans 2.0 0

I'll second @haydenclaireheroes high marks for Young Justice 20. It is a great jumping on point for new readers. If you are watching and enjoying the Young Justice series on Cartoon Network and, like me, either can't get enough or want more, the Young Justice comic is for you.I like the cover homage to the Giffen-DeMatteis-Maguire era Justice League.I almost expect Superboy to be saying "What're you lookin' at?Our story begins on Nightwing's birthday, both in the present and in flashbacks. He's ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nothing In Common 0

The Avengers, in its second week of release, earned another 103.2 million - a drop of only fifty percent from its opening weekend - and passed the one billion dollar mark worldwide. The success of The Avengers film is nearly as staggering as the losses John Carter endured.Three years before Robert Downey, Jr. suited up as Tony Stark and Iron Man, Marvel released the first of an eight issue mini-series, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Written by Joe Casey, with art by Scott Kolins and color b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

And Wackiness Ensues! 0

I've lost count how many times Marvel has relaunched its all-ages line. I've nearly given up on it, because the approach seems to be to keep the run of issues short and quickly relaunch a new number one. What keeps me coming back, though, is that the stories are fun and enjoyable, well written, and - most importantly - each issue is done-in-one.Spider-Man has had a number of all-ages titles. Most recently, there were at two back to back iterations of Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, written by Paul...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It All Comes Out in The Wash... 0

If you are NOT reading Aquaman, you SHOULD be. That may sound cliched, but it's true. The trade paperback collection for the first story arc, Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench releases in September, if you need to catch up.Aquaman #8, "The Others: Chapter Two", is Aquaman at his best. I've been very selective in what I read by Geoff Johns, so I don't think I've been disappointed by him yet. I'm reading Aquaman based on what he's done with Hal Jordan and Green Lantern. I'm not a fan of bringing Barry ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.