Review: Batman ’66 Issue #4

The Hatter takes the crown and the Clock King strikes!

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art and Color by: Jonathan Case
Lettered by: Wes Abbott

 

Let me first start off saying that the TV show from the sixties was my favorite. With that aside this comic series is like finding lost episodes on a shelf.  In this issue we find Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson heading out on a fishing trip when they hear Alfred listening to the BBC newscast that hats are being stolen off of the Royal Guard in London.

Off to London goes the Dynamic Duo with Alfred following along. Once in London we see the British Batmobile ( you got to see this version ) racing away to the Tower of London where Jervis Tetch (The Mad Hatter) is in the act of stealing the Crown Jewels. From there we see Batman, Robin, and Alfred racing all over London and its famous sites to catch the Mad Hatter. While chasing the Mad Hatter they hear Big Ben make a mistake.

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This brings us to Part Two. Here we meet The Clock King who is helping the Mad Hatter in his mischievous plan. A big secret is revealed that I will not spoil for you but it’s a nice little surprise. This comic is done just like the TV show campy humor. It makes fun of itself and also has surprises just like the show. Always keep an eye open and look at every panel you will find hidden surprises. In an earlier issue they did their famous Wall Climb and you never know who will show up.

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What I really liked in this comic is the art. It gives you that sixties vibrant color and It really pops off the page. The only bad thing in my opinion is that the second part of the story is just a few pages. I would have liked to have seen some more background on the Clock King since this is his first appearance in this comic series. All in all a great comic I give it 4 out of 5. So stay tuned Same Bat channel same Bat time. NANANANANANA Batman!

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