I can’t help but have a smile on my face, when I read Batman ’66. Jeff Parker has truly amazed me with how he can keep the lighthearted fun that the ’66 show had and yet, still not make fun of it. It would be really easy to make fun of this in our day and age. But Parker finds a way to remain respectful to the people involved and honor them at the same time. The dialog is perfect for each individual character, mimicking how the actors portrayed their characters. And the humor wasn’t overbearing, but fit the tone.
Paul Rivoche does the art, here and I love what he is doing. Last time I read this series, it was issue #1 and I wasn’t fond of the art then. But this dude’s style reminds me of Chris Samnee, who is currently on Daredevil. He has a clean, simple style that tells the story for you. The coloring doesn’t get too fancy and because of this, it enhances the pencils and inks. It is a perfect fit and I hope this guy stays on for a while.
The Clock King is stealing some paintings from the art museum, when suddenly a Robot-Batman shows up and stops the thugs with ease. Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara show up, but don’t know what to make of the Robot-Batman.
Batman and Robin tell Gordon that Professor Overbeck was tired of his inventions being used for evil and worked with Batman to make a ‘replacement’ for the day that Batman would no longer be around to defend the city.
The next day, Robot-Batman foils an attempted robbery by Louie the Lilac & takes him and his gang to the GCPD. Bruce and Dick take this opportunity to take the day off and go fishing while they let technology take care of things in Gotham.
What does this mean for Batman? Will there still be a MAN in the Bat? Tune in next time: Same Bat-time. Same Bat-place.