airdave817's Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1 - The Batman Affair Chapter 1: Deathtraps and Lairs review

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Not only were the '60's "groovy", they were also "smooth", "suave" and "debonair". Sean Connery was Ian Fleming's master spy, 007, James Bond. There were a number of imitators, James Coburn was Derek Flint; legendary crooner Dean Martin, breaking away from comic partner - and DC Comics character - Jerry Lewis was Matt Helm. Don Adams was bumbling Agent 86 of CONTROL in Get Smart. Nearly every series during the '60's had one spy episode from The Flintstones to My Favorite Martian.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a unique espionage series. It featured a character created by Ian Fleming; Napoleon Solo, played by Robert Vaughn. Smooth and suave Vaughn was also one of The Magnificent Seven and later he took control of The A-Team. UNCLE bridged the gap between East and West, partnering Solo with Russian agent Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum. McCallum showed up later on a number of '70's series like The Six Million Dollar Man; he was very briefly The Invisible Man, and has been Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS. There was once a joke about Ducky looking like that guy from The Man From UNCLE.

Another gimmick of The Man From UNCLE was recruiting ordinary people. Bringing the audience into the adventure through a bystander that was swept up into the intrigue.

Jeff Parker and David Hahn bring these elements to Gotham when Batman '66 Meets The Man From UNCLE.

A pair of agents believe they have Solo cornered in a sewer. He turns the tables on them. Later, he crashes a THRUSH investors meeting where he is outed by Olga, Queen of the Cossacks. He and Illya attempt to make their escape, but are caught. Meanwhile in Gotham, The Penguin escapes from Arkham and the Dynamic Duo give chase. Penguin leads them into a death-trap.

Kuryakin connects with Olga and is able to free himself and Solo for an escape. Batman and Robin are able to escape their death-trap, as well. Returning Penguin to Arkham, they find Dr. Hugo overpowered and a number of rogues have escaped! It appears Poison Ivy, Egghead, The Scarecrow, The Siren The Sandman and Mister Freeze are all on the loose!

The Good

Parker knows his Batman '66 and has Solo and Kuryakin down. David Hahn brings both UNCLE and Batman to the comic page. It's a broad, relaxed look that highlights the light-hearted tone of both series.

The story moves along briskly and smoothly. Moving back and forth between the UNCLE agents and Batman and Robin.

The Bad

This has all the ingredients for success. Timed to coincide with the Henry (Man of Steel; Dawn of Justice) Cavill and Armie (The Lone Ranger) Hammer reboot film; it brings a classic '60's series. There really are no quibbles or shortcomings.

It is an interesting pairing. UNCLE did have a short-lived comic book tie-in, as well as tie-in paperbacks concurrent with the series. Unlike most revived properties, such as The Green Hornet and The Lone Ranger, there is no current UNCLE comic book series.

The Skinny

It's a fun story. A light-hearted "Affair". It should prove interesting to see where this goes and what happens next.

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