The first installment of Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case’s Batman ’66 digital serial is now available on ComiXology. It’s the most fun you’ll have with words and pictures today. It’s a buck.
Capturing the tone, voice and aesthetic of the 60′s live action television series, “The Riddler’s Ruse, Part One” features an aerial encounter with that baleful boffin of brainteasers in vibrant color. You can practically hear that unmistakable Frank Gorshin giggle as the dynamic duo take the skies. I was particularly tickled by the triumphant return of Chief O’Hara, something of a Herge character whose jurisdiction just happens to be dot pitch Gotham.
While the series will ultimately be collected in print like other digital firsts, there’s a couple of reasons to join in on the Batusi sooner rather than later. Batman ’66 represents the first outing for the so-called DC² format. Reading digitally with a guided view, layers and transitions augment the experience. Instead of shuffling from panel to static panel, the individual elements pop in with each click, word balloons and sound effects blinking into view in their proper order, colors changing, batarangs moving from point A to B. It’s not animation. It’s not a motion comic. But it’s a little more dynamic than traditional sequential art. I experienced a couple of stutters and stalls, and others have reported the same, but let’s call it opening day jitters.
You can read more about all that business over on Wired.
Bottom line, though? It’s stellar stuff. Between this and Adventures of Superman, Jeff Parker’s delivering the World’s Finest at their best.