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Batman '66 #1 - The Riddler's Ruse, Part 1: Mirth From Above Review

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Think you know what Batman comics are all about? Get ready to a trip with a different kind of Batman.

The Good

BATMAN '66 is finally here. Inspired by the Adam West/Burt Ward television series, Jeff Parker manages to capture the vibe of the series without making it fully obvious of the time period. Seeing Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson out in the daylight instantly lets the reader know this is a different sort of Batman story. With the Riddler committing a crime during the day, it's clear we can sit back and enjoy the show.

With the wackiness of the television series, Parker and artist Jonathan Case are allowed to take the action in different directions. Batman and Robin are in the classic Batmobile chasing the Riddler who is in a bi-plane. That's not something you're going to see in a typical Batman comic. Case also does the colors which adds to the groovy atmosphere needed for the story.

BATMAN 66 is, simply put, a fun comic. There are times when that is crucial. Too often comics can get too dark and dreary. It's great to have a comic with crazy action available. The new format used in the digital comic adds more fluidity to the story and pulls you into the story even more. (It's basically the layered format used in the Marvel INFINITE COMICS or some on the Thrillbent comics).

The Bad

You need to make sure you're using the guided viewing option when reading this digitally in order to get the layers to kick in. Otherwise you'll get the same page with minor differences or word balloons added.

Readers not familiar with the Adam West show might not get the vibe being established. That would be unfortunate.

We do get some big action. Seeing Adam West/Batman gliding in the air with his cape felt a little out of place from the type of action in the show. Granted this doesn't have to be absolutely along the same lines and definitely shouldn't but it pulled me out a tiny bit when trying to think how this would have played on on the small screen.

The Verdict

Have you ever watched the Adam West Batman TV show? If so, you absolutely need to read this comic. Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case succeed on capturing the spirit and essence of the show. They deliver a fun comic filled with great art, story and action. If you're not familiar with the show, you can absolutely still enjoy the comic. You might scratch your head a little but you will still dig it. It's comics like this that make the Digital First comics a success. You get instant fun and excitement. Just make sure you use the guided viewing option.

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Edited by RazzaTazz

Hmm, I might check it out.

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Edited by duckduckgoose

Posted by Al_capOWN

Is this an addition to new 52 or is it a small series a la batman INC?

Edited by G-Man

@al_capown: Digital First. Separate from New 52. First printed collection on sale July 17.

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

@al_capown said:

Is this an addition to new 52 or is it a small series a la batman INC?

Batman Inc. is actually a full title in the New 52. And while this is a Digital First, much like Marvel's Infinite comics this is digital done right and that is absolutely the format you should be reading this in.

Posted by LarryDavis

@al_capown said:

Is this an addition to new 52 or is it a small series a la batman INC?

Batman Inc. is actually a full title in the New 52. And while this is a Digital First, much like Marvel's Infinite comics this is digital done right and that is absolutely the format you should be reading this in.

... Nah. Look forward to reading it on dead trees, though.

Edited by inferiorego

This was awesome

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Posted by Shallbecomeabattoo

Whats the problem with dark Batman books??? I don't get why people complain about dark and mature comics and say those aren't"fun"!?!? I have so much fun with dark and horrible stuff! Don't know why thats so seperate in so many peoples heads.

Posted by Mucklefluga

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

Posted by DocGroove

Holy Batarangs! I really enjoyed this first issue and I must say that they managed to stay true to the sixties Batman TV series and characters like Robin and the Riddler. Batman even has the painted eyebrows on his mask.

I do think that if you haven't seen the TV series before you won't get as much enjoyment out of it because the comic does depend a lot on familiarity and nostalgia.

Posted by Owie

@rideaspacecowboy said:

@al_capown said:

Is this an addition to new 52 or is it a small series a la batman INC?

Batman Inc. is actually a full title in the New 52. And while this is a Digital First, much like Marvel's Infinite comics this is digital done right and that is absolutely the format you should be reading this in.

... Nah. Look forward to reading it on dead trees, though.

Haha! Me too. Glad to know it's not just digital. I'm a big fan of 60s Batman.

Posted by TheGraail

This is a mini series i think.Coming 1st as a digital download then the printed will come as a volume.Like Arkham Unhinged...I'm looking forward to read this one though

Posted by brainwins

Woah! What a great ride. Just the art on this one is worth it. Also my first *made for digital* book. Which I really liked.

Disclaimer: I watched the TV show. So I didn't find the style out of place.

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Posted by darkwingdan

I hate to do this but... the score should have been higher.