Review: Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1
Two 1960s television icons cross paths for a groovy, globe-spanning adventure in this one-of-a-kind miniseries. The deadly organization known as T.H.R.U.S.H. has a new twist in their plans for world conquest—they’re recruiting some of Gotham City’s most infamous villains! Agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin bring this information to the one man who knows everything about these new enemies: Batman. Before you can say “Open channel D,” the Dynamic Duo and the Men from U.N.C.L.E. are jetting off to Europe to thwart the schemes of this deadly criminal cartel.
But, before Batman and the Men from U.N.C.L.E. can team up, each has their own adventure in a comic that feels like a double feature in many ways. I never watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and am vaguely familiar with the television series, so I appreciated writer Jeff Parker‘s handling of the first issue which does an excellent job of introducing both halves of the story that brings these two properties together.
Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1 does a solid job of getting folks caught up as to who the players are and why they might meet. It captures the vibe of the two series, one a bit more more serious than the other, but that still works as a tone is balanced that makes the two work together. On their own, the two stories that make up this first issue really work on their own, and work together. That’s impressive in many ways, and part of the first issue’s success is Parker’s focus on fun and action while celebrating the source material.
The art by David Hahn is solid work. There’s two stories here, the campy Batman and the more serious spy story. Each story’s art matches its tone, yet at the same time works together so that it doesn’t feel like there’s a difference between the two stories.
The first issue doesn’t give us the whole “meet” part of the series title, but sets up enough fun that I want to come back for the second issue to read more.
Story: Jeff Parker Art: David Hahn
Story: 8.3 Art: 7.9 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy
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