Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Review: Batman '66 #3
The shorter second story featuring Egghead, also written by Parker, was, like last issue's short Siren story: too much like a bad third season episode. The art, by Sandy Jarrell, had a little Mad Magazine parody flavor to it. Egghead looked nothing like Vincent Price (perhaps due to DC not getting the rights to use his likeness), and at the end we see Warden Crichton (played by David Lewis on the series), who has transformed into a black woman! Holy Political Correctness! By issue 3, what started out as a great series, has suddenly sunk to a low. I think DC may need to bring in some new writers rather than rely on Parker to do the entire series. I'd like to see bronze age writers like Steve Englehart, Mike W. Barr, and Gerry Conway, contribute some scripts. They need to stop trying to morph the TV show into standard DC continuity (and let me reiterate, I unquestionably do not want to see Dick Grayson become Nightwing), and need to capture the spirit, the style, and the storytelling of the best first season episodes. Issue 3 earns a C.