Writer: Ralph Garman, Kevin Smith
Artist: Ty Templeton
One of the most anticipated titles of the summer finally starts as DC and Dynamite team up together once again to give us Batman ’66 meets the Green Hornet. This issue comes courtesy of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman with interior art duties by Ty Templeton and a cover by none other than Alex Ross. For those who haven’t watched either show, The Green Hornet and Batman did in fact cross over during their sitcom days and it wasn’t something that I discovered until I was much older, and was quite shocked that it actually happened. I’m not sure if this is a retelling of the classic two-part episode, or if it’s more of a sequel, but there is a scene in which they’re still not familiar with each other.
The plot revolves around Bruce Wayne getting a call about a set of rare fossils that may have been stolen on a train while en route to the local museum. This gets Bruce to board the train while meeting Britt Reid and Kato, who are also around to stopping some no do-gooders. Bruce and Britt share a funny scene, insulting each other’s alter-ego, arguing who is the better one. Garman and Smith do a decent job at this, but it feels as if they are just poking fun at the original series. It doesn’t feel like Jeff Parker’s run on Batman ’66, which is a light-hearted tribute to the TV show. Batman ’66 Meets Green Hornet, however, feels more like the writers are making fun of all of the corny aspects of the show instead of trying to make a good story.
The villain of this book is a new one, named General Gumm, a former Colonel who invented a new epoxy that transformed his skin into a glue-like substance, thus giving him the power to throw glue at Super Heroes and other things. It’s a pretty stupid villain even for 60s TV standards, so it wouldn’t make much of a dynamic conclusion to how Batman and Green Hornet are going to stop him.
This first issue sort-of sets up the villain and what his plan is instead of showing the origin for the super heroes and their previous encounters together. The plot is pretty thin and I expected the writers to do a little more with it instead of just using it to poke fun of the writing from the original TV shows. It might be nitpicking too much, but again, Jeff Parker has been doing a great job on his series so there is no excuse for not being able to put in a well-balanced script.
Written by: Cory Robinson