Whilst the world of Archie is a bit more edgy these days, we occasionally get a throwback to simpler times. This is one of those occasions as Archie and friends encounter the cast of Batman ’66 in a meeting of some of the most iconic characters in comic and TV history, and another entry in the list of improbable Archie Crossovers. A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale – with Mr. Lodge becoming enemy number one of the dynamic duo! Now it’s up to Veronica to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!
One of the best things to come out of DC revival of the classic Batman 1966 TV series in comic form has been the various crossovers with characters from similar eras and that share visual and storytelling styles. Previous crossovers have included The Green Hornet, Wonder Woman ’77, and Steed and Mrs. Peel. This latest meeting however may trump all the aforementioned by the sheer compatibility of classic Archie with Batman ’66 alone.
Batman ’66 is by and large a throwback to a more carefree time where Batman’s rogue gallery were more mischievous than psychotic. Given that classic Archie is some of the most carefree material you will find in comics, this is a match made in heaven. With the villains seeking out more peaceful surroundings where crime is far less rampant than in Gotham, the calm world of 50s Riverdale gets an injection of 60s Batman madness. The surreal sight of The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman roaming about Riverdale and interacting with Archie and friends never gets old, and whilst Robin and Batgirl somewhat get into the spirit of their new all-American setting (even going undercover at Riverdale High), Batman as usual is played completely straight even in the increasingly wacky situations he finds himself in.
Jeff Parker was one of the main writers on the ongoing Batman ’66 title. As expected, he has a great handle on all the Batman characters and manages to slip them seamlessly into the more calmer Riverdale setting. He and co-writer Michael Moreci provide plenty of memorable moments including Catwoman posing as a teacher at Riverdale High, Batman’s interaction with Veronica and Joker holding Jughead hostage just to name a few. Veteran Archie artist Dan Parent has the world of Riverdale nailed down to a tee and he proves more than adept at depicting Adam West style Batman.
This is another fun crossover from two series that fit together perfectly. Batman ’66 and old-school Archie fans will be delighted to get some more comics in the classic style whilst anyone looking for a fun easy read will be right at home.
9781682558478 – P/B – £14.99
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