Batman '66: The Lost Episode #1

Batman '66: The Lost Episode #1

Writer: Harlan Ellison, Len Wein Artist: Jose Luis Garca-Lopez, Joe Prado Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 19, 2014 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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uring the original Batman television series run, legendary science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison turned in an outline for a story that would have introduced Two-Face. The story never made it to air, and Two-Face never entered the TV show's Rogues Gallery. Now, "The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face" is adapted to comics by two comic book legends: writer Len Wein and artist José Luis Garcia-Lopez. Also included in this special edition are Ellison's original prose story outline and the complete, original pencils by Garcia-Lopez.

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Nov 24, 2014

    Critics and fans alike have responded to Batman '66 since its inception, and deservedly so. The title offers new and older fans an entry back to a time where comics and television were just starting to intersect and effect pop culture as a whole. Batman '66: The Lost Episode takes that just a step further by revealing an engaging "What If" scenario for fans and Ellison aficionados alike all wrapped a fantastic looking Technicolor package. Though we never got to experience a Harvey Dent-centric stretch of episodes, Batman '66: The Lost Episode is a fun and tonally sound romp of what could have been, rendered by one of the giants of the industry. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Dec 3, 2014

    Technology!Sure, maybe I'm reading too much into things, but that's what makes me enjoy this book so much. When you can take something as silly and campy as Batman 66 and turn it into something more, that's when you have a good book on your hands. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up this week, it's sure to please even the most hardened Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Nov 20, 2014

    Overall: A great piece of Batman '66 fun in its own right, this is also one of the better Two-Face stories to come out in years. The plotting is solid, the art is hall of fame worthy, and the characterization is surprisingly deep considering the source. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Daniel Stransky Nov 20, 2014

    The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Facewas initially written as an episode of Batmanthat never made it to production and then was forgotten over time. DC Comics found a way to pay tribute to both writer Harlan Ellison and the entire community of Batman '66fans by brining in some of the finest talent in the industry to put together a phenomenal presentation that shows how amazing the world of Batman '66can look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 23, 2014

    This whole issue is simply beautiful to look at, and Wein makes the tongue-in-cheek tone work for him, even with a character as tragic and unusual as Two-Face is, and I would recommend this issue to anyone and everyone at $3.99. I'd recommend it to most everyone at $4.99, and even hard-sell at $5.99, but at $9.99 this book is priced way outside of the range of the payback. In short, Batman '66: The Lost Episode #1 is for the hardcore fans of its core constituencies, a lovely-crafted collectible for those who already love the creators or the setting within. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Nov 25, 2014

    All in all, this was a much better experience than I expected, though I also wish that we'd been able to see more and that Len Wein had dialed down the campiness a little bit. Other than that, smooth sailing all the way! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Nov 21, 2014

    "Batman '66: The Lost Episode" #1 is a nice story that brings a lost script to life. For the most part it stays true to what the comic series has been since it began. If the cover price weren't so high I would suggest this to everyone but unfortunately I think the only people who will be willing to shell out $9.99 for this are the "Batman '66" die hards and even then it's a stretch. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Nov 19, 2014

    However, I felt that this issue was not as funny as other issues have been in the past, but this could be due to having a different writer onboard. Im also curious to see if Two-Face will ever reappear within the pages of Batman 66.Overall this issue was quite interesting and a definite must read for any Batman 66 fans. However, be prepared to spend $10 for this issue. On the plus side you get a good story as well as some great extra features like the original non-inked/non-colored art, and the original treatment for the episode, but it costs $10! Due to the price my rating will dip slightly. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 20, 2014

    This story is well worth a read for Batman '66 fans as a glimpse of how Two-Face might have fared on the show had things worked out differently. Unfortunately, the $9.99 price tag is a tough pill to swallow. Less than half of the issue is even devoted to the story itself. DC padded out the issue by reprinting every one of Garcia-Lopez's pages in raw pencil form, and then reprinting Ellison's story treatment in its entirety. Both sections will be of interest to some readers, but I'm sure most would rather just pay a far more reasonable $4 or $5 for the main event alone. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Nov 20, 2014

    This comic is drawn with that critique very much in mind as Batman does crack a smile once in the entire issue.Batmangoes through the entire comic book scowling and frowning and gritting his teeth to show how grim and angry he is. Every frame of the comic informsthat the authors starepoint blank at us and say "we didn't want to make an Adam West comic."Instead of feeling fun and engaging, the story comes off empty and laborious, a real chore to read. Not recommended. Read Full Review

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