Today the first chapter of Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 is out, and two of the superheroes of my childhood are hanging out in one place! As someone who loved the goofiness of the Batman TV series, despite the fact that I also love his darker iterations, and was obsessed with Wonder Woman, I couldn’t be happier about this.
The story, co-written by Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko, begins with everyone’s favorite Catwoman, purrrring her way through dialogue, in the middle of a book robbery. Of course Batman and Robin take her down. Then Batman tells the story of that book, and the day he met, “one of the greatest heroes the world has ever known.” That’s all I’m telling you, but needless to say, it’s Wonder Woman. She’s there along with cohorts fans of the Wonder Woman ’77 series will recognize.
I think what I love so much about these throwback-to-yesteryear series is the way the tone from the TV series are captured so perfectly. Watching reruns of the Batman series as a kid, I loved the silly, comic nature of the dilemmas. The famous campiness is actually rather soothing, considering what else is happening out there in the world right now. There is an innocence to it. It’s there in the Wonder Woman pages as well, though in a very different way. This is not a spoiler, so fear not, but in a way, seeing young Bruce Wayne and adult Diana Prince seems like the natural progression of the first series to the second; Childlike in innocence, then stronger stories, still with a kindness.
I do love darker comics. Don’t get me wrong. There is just such charm to these two characters in these forms that is really hard to beat. I’m definitely checking out the next chapters. Here’s the info for you:
If you pick this up, let us know what you think by tweeting us @LegionofLeia! Happy Thanksgiving!