The writers really tapped into the vintage shenanigans — be it using the Batcopter, the Bat spectrographic analyzer, Batsleep and Bat-Wake gas (to get the Green Hornet to the Batcave), the Batcomputer (spitting out IBM punched cards with the appropriate “ding” sound), Kato’s Hornet darts or a cliff-hanging conclusion to every issue.
Although, artist Ty Templeton excels with bringing the very colorful, nostalgic trip to illustrated life, he has his hands full trying to capture the likeness of all of the actors.
He does a solid job, especially with Adam West in costume. I’ll reference a scene with the Batman’s facial expression as he pulls back his fists to deliver “Pow!” and “Bam!” punches to a pair of goons. It looked ripped right from the television show.
Like earlier releases from Batman ‘66, I highly recommend reading the comics in a digital format. The presentation, especially eye-catching on an iPad, offers a bit of a motion-comic-type approach to each issue.
As a reader taps the lower right-hand corner of the screen, overlays reveal dialogue bubbles, new panels, onomatopoeia and characters changing positions to eventually complete the page. The overall execution and ability to really appreciate the art makes going back to reading an actual paper comic book an uninviting chore.