Friday, June 29, 2018

Reader's Diary #1858 - Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker (writers); David Hahn (art): Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman is a superbly entertaining crossover by Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker.

Of course, intra-company crossovers are a little easier and there doesn't need to be convoluted stories about universes colliding for the characters to meet, but the writers did have the challenge of meshing two periods.

Craftily (or obviously, the cynics might say, but I'd been expecting the more obvious time travel route), they took advantage of Wonder Woman's super-slow aging mythology to seamlessly create scenarios in which the two heroes would meet and have to work together: they meet at first when Bruce Wayne is a young boy, then again in '66, and again in '77. At each interval the father-daughter Ra's al Ghul and Talia al Ghul play the villains.

The '66s scenes were very true to the vibe of the old TV show and while I still haven't seen the actual '77 series of Wonder Woman, this is my third time reading comics based on the show and they've been wonderfully consistent with her character. I also wasn't overly familiar with the al Ghul's but they were certainly written and drawn to be believable characters on these respective shows. But the coolest must have been the '77 version of Nightwing with his giant lapel bell-bottom jumpsuit.

Finally, the ending has me hooked as Wonder Women casually suggests that they should form a League. I so hope this means will see a Christopher Reeves Superman '78 comic soon!

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