Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1

Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1

Writer: Ralph Garman, Kevin Smith Artist: Ty Templeton Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 21, 2014 Cover Price: $0.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 2
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

In 1967, television history was made when two masked crime fighters met in a historic crossover. Now, superstar filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor/comedian Ralph Garman join forces with artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN '66) to bring these two iconic characters and their famous partners together again. Set in the continuity of that earlier team-up, Batman, The Green Hornet, Robin and Kato must go up against a very different General (formerly Colonel) Gumm. What crime could be so deadly as to force these rivals to put aside their differences and join forces again? And what surprise does Gumm have up his sticky sleeve? Co-published with Dynamite Entertainment.

  • 10
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen May 28, 2014

    Anyone that has listened to Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman talk about Batman knows that they hold a special place in their hearts forBatman '66.Garman himself might be the biggest fan of the 1960s series, with a collection of memorabilia that is the envy of all Bat-fans. This love and passion for the subject matter is evident with each line of dialogue, each voice-over narration, and each character gesture. An early exchange between Bruce and Dick strikes the right chord of heartfelt cheesiness which could only work in the world ofBatman '66. Kato is clearly the standout character of the issue, as his subtle interjections to a conversation between Bruce and Britt will elicit more than a few chuckles from readers.Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet #1is a near-perfect beginning to what should be a raucous camp-fest. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Jun 30, 2014

    A strong start to one of the most anticipated team-ups this year, this book delivers on every front. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Jun 4, 2014

    Now get him, Kato!If you are a fan of either incarnation of these heroes, then you are definitely going to want to pick this book up. It really does justice to both and leaves you wanting more. It's always nice to be able to read a comic that is just pure unadulterated fun and doesn't ask a great deal from the reader. I can easily recommend this one to both kids and adults alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 6, 2014

    Look, this series isn't for everyone - I know fans who still carry a grudge. But if you're looking for a fun comic, and you have a sense of humor, then you should be buying this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jun 4, 2014

    Fans of the TV show will feel right at home. Colonel Gumm, the villain of the piece, evolves into General Gumm and puts the heroes in a sticky situation of a cliffhanger. Yes, they wisely place narration at the end as well. Even if you didn't see the Green Hornet's appearance on the series, this is friendly for any reader to enjoy. It's probably the most fun you will have reading a Batman comic this year. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 5, 2014

    Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1 manages to entertain both old and new readers alike, bolstered by the reverence the creators hold for the properties involved. Creators Smith and Garman balance the book with just the right amount of camp, and Ty Templeton's enjoyable art ably returns these pop culture icons to prominence. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Zack Roberts Jun 4, 2014

    As I hoped the issue ends on a great Bat-cliff-hanger that is, as expected, easy to escape from. The whole book is just superb fun for fans of the show, and pays homage to the series wonderfully. After half an hour of sheer joy through nostalgia I eagerly await the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 4, 2014

    If you've been reading the Batman '66 comics or have watched episodes of the show, there's no question whether or not you should check this out. Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman have captured the feel and tone of the television show and fans will love seeing Green Hornet and Kato within the pages. Ty Templeton perfectly captures the look of the characters as well. It's a fun story but clearly geared towards those that love or are familiar with the show. Others may not appreciate the essence of what this is. Smith and Garman even did a live reading on Smith's Batman podcast that 's worth listening to (if you don't mind the occasional bits of foul language). This shows that comic books can still be fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Cole Kennedy Jun 6, 2014

    As two characters that have a lot in common, the combination of Batman and Green Hornet works great. The fact that they are both crime fighters that had television series, that they both have trusty wards, or sidekicks, and the fact that they both have appealing back stories adds to the number of stories that can be told between the two of them. In the end, this issue is awarded a 4-star, mostly because of its simplistic story and simple, old-fashioned art, which can still be appealing to most, but itis a definite 5-star to any devoted fan of the original series looking for further adventures of their favorite crime fighter. Batman and Green Hornet are characters that blend together nicely and provide a lot of potential for many stories involving their unlikely alliance. Hopefully we see more of the two of them together, but can they survive the cliffhanger we left them in at the end of this issue? Find out next month, same Bat-Time, same Bat-… you get it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 5, 2014

    I am a bit puzzled as to why Carmel's likeness doesn't appear in the issue while a passable Van Johnson and a so/so Bruce Lee do, but thaz's a very minor quibble in an otherwise very entertaining issue. Smith and Garman work together seamlessly, showing off strong story-telling chops and a real facility for this version of the Batman character, while keeping the guest-starring duo awesome in their own right. Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1 is a strong story, with excellent art that works not only a love-letter to Bill Dozier's TV output, but as a first chapter of an ongoing tale and as a Batman story, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jun 7, 2014

    With five issues to go it is hard to imagine what will happen next, but the opening issue provides a comprehensive and entertaining read. Batman gets a lot of panel time and all of it is right out of the TV show. The book struggles a little bit to bring the Hornet into the book in a unique way but there may be more for him down the road. This comic book is fun and definitely is worth checking out whether you've seen the old shows or not. Obviously, if you are only familiar with the Nolan Batman then you might get your world rocked. Check this comic out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 4, 2014

    Although the first issue of this mini-series is now available in the comic shops, a digital version is also available on-line. Printed in a motion-comic style, with the artwork changing slightly with every click, the digital edition of Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet is worth a separate purchase. The final effect is very much like watching an episode of either of these classic superhero shows. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 8, 2014

    It's a fun first issue although it will be interesting to see how Smith and Garmin get around the Dynamic Duo teaming up with a pair of villains to keep the team-up going. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jun 3, 2014

    Batman '66 meets Green Hornet #1 is a great concept with two great writers and a great artist. Unfortunatley, it just isn't much fun.  Maybe it needs more time to get going, but right now I have to say I'm pretty disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Walter Richardson Jun 6, 2014

    This mini's debut issue doesn't sizzle in the same way that Parker & Co.'s (supposedly) does. Smith and Garman's script is charming enough, but not quite engaging. There are some chuckles to be had, but no outright guffaws. The story makes clever use of the usual trappings not only of the television show that is the series' namesake, but of the comics of the era (when was the last time an out-of-company crossover didn't involve multiversal shenanigans?). In the end, though, it might not be enough to get anyone who isn't dying for more '66 interested. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Latest Pull - Cory Robinson Jun 11, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser Aug 4, 2014

    A great start to what promises to be a VERY fun mini-series! I don't read a lot of Batman or The Green Hornet, but i grew up with with both. Even though i am not from that era, old comics from older family members trickled down to us kids. Watching re-runs of the old TV shows was great childhood fun too. This is pure fun, for the young at heart. Lovingly crafted and loaded with humor, and STILL only $2.99! Highly recommended!

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Jun 5, 2014

    The first issue isn't super exciting because it is setting up the plot, however the dialog is so hilarious, you certainly won't feel bored.

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