Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet

Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet
written by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, with art by Ty Templeton [YA PB (Graphic Novel) Smith] 

From 2013 to 2015, DC Comics published a unique comic book entitled Batman ’66, featuring all-new Batman stories, set in the 1960s era of the comical, slapstick Batman sitcom series. These stories are told with the same tongue-in-check sense of humor as the series, with artwork that makes the characters of Batman and Robin look exactly like actors Adam West and Burt Ward — the same for all the well-know villains and other TV supporting characters. The actual TV series Batman did feature a cross-over with the similarly hokey The Green Hornet characters of Britt Reid and his assistant Kato, so it seems only fitting that the Batman ’66 comic book featured a multi-part storyline — written by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, with art by Ty Templeton — in which The Green Hornet crosses over with Batman. Teaming up these two pairs of crime fighters to take on a villainous team-up of The Joker and General Gumm, the artistic team has captured the tone of the series with perfection. The storyline is captivating, the dialog is spot on, and the art, though cartoony, really captures the spirit of the TV series. If you were a fan of the *bang* *pow* action and overly serious dialog of the TV series Batman, you’ll love this comic-book mini-series.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the other comic compilations of Batman ’66, primarily written by Jeff Parker — although none of them feature Green Hornet cross-overs.] [ Information about the Batman ’66 comic book on Wikipedia ] | [ Batman ’66/Green Hornet page on the DC Comics web site ]

Recommended by Scott C.
Bennett Martin Public Library

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