Comic Review: Batman '66 Meets Archie #1

 

Batman '66 Meets Archie #1 (of 6) (DC Comics)archiebatman-720x1107

The Adam West Batman has gotten a lot of mileage out of DC in recent years. First, he met the Green Hornet in a sequel to the old crossover episode from the classic show. Then, he met the Linda Carter Wonder Woman. But now, he's met America's oldest teenager, and things will never be the same, for the Caped Crusader has now met Archie, and he's going to need his help to clean up Riverdale in Batman '66 Meets Archie, written by Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci and drawn by classic Archie artist Dan Parent.

Tired of being lumped in with other, “lesser villains”, the main four baddies from the classic TV show (namely The Joker, Penguin, The Riddler, and Catwoman), decide that they should set their sights on somewhere less well-known than Gotham, but still full of riches for them to steal. Settling on Riverdale, the four set off their plan, and when Veronica Lodge's father is the first to fall under the criminal's thrall, she sends out a radio transmission that reaches the only people who could help her: Batman and Robin!

Simply put, this issue is a lot of fun. I have a pretty big soft spot for the original Batman TV show, and Jeff Parker and Michael Moreci nail the tone of that series. From the narration boxes that mimic the announcer of the old show to the spot on dialogue for Batman and Robin, the two have a lot of fun with the Batman side of the book, but the Archie side is a little less fun, as it reads more like a regular Archie book (which now that I think about it, is probably the point).

Dan Parent is no stranger for longtime Archie fans, with a style that is pretty much synonymous with the “classic” look of that world. It's no surprise that his art for the Archie sequences are great, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how great his art was for this type of Batman as well. While it's not as realistic as some of the other Batman '66 comics, Parent's cartoony style still works really well with this type of story, and its actually kind of cool to see well-known versions of the '66 characters done in the style of Archie.

If you've read any of the previous Archie crossovers or Batman '66 comics, you'll find a lot to like with this crossover. And even if you've never checked out either of the those titles before, you'll find that this issue is a lot of fun. It's a little cheesy, sure, but that's also the charm of both the Batman TV show and Archie comics. In all honesty, I'm surprised no one thought of combining these two worlds earlier.