Archie Meets Batman ‘66 #6 – Jeff Parker, Mike Moreci, Writers; Dan Parent, Penciller; J. Bone, Inker; Kelly Fitzpatrick, Colorist
Ray – 8/10
Ray: One of the odder DC crossovers in recent months comes to an end, and Archie Meets Batman ’66 #6 does a good job of showing off what a crossover should do – a celebration of both properties involved. When we last left off, Batman had allowed himself to get captured by the villains to allow Archie and his friends to get away. That leaves the fate of Riverdale in the hands of the kids. Fortunately, they have some experienced crimefighters still on their side – Robin and Batgirl, who are able to turn the Riverdale teens into a crimefighting unit. Reggie has an egg from Siren’s collection of mind-control devices and Dilton is able to reverse-engineer it into a way to reverse the villains’ mind-control trap.
Thanks to that and a souped-up jalopy that they disguise as the Batmobile, the kids are soon on their way to take on Joker and Co.
Archie and his friends have long had alter-egos as superheroes in some versions – the popular “Superteens”. Although they don’t have their superpowers here, they still don their famous costumes and jump into the fray. That’s a fun little old-school throwback to a lighter era of Archie Comics, and that sums up this series pretty well.
I liked seeing the older folks of Riverdale get their faculties back and help to take out the villains. This issue does a good job of capturing both the campy vibe of Batman ‘66 and the old-school innocence of classic Archie comics. It’s very light and silly, of course, but it’s hard not to smile when you see the whole gang doing the Batusi.
I don’t think it’s quite on the level of the bizarre, hilarious previous Archie/DC crossover, Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica, but it’s a great tribute to a bygone era of comics where nothing was ever taken too seriously.
To find reviews of all the DC issues, visit DC This Week.
Disclaimer: GeekDad received this comic for review purposes.