Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Batman '66 #12

Neither Marsha, Queen of Diamonds nor the Minstrel rank high the list of Batman's rogues gallery, but that doesn't stop the latest issue of Batman '66 from delivering another fun issue. The main story focuses on Marsha's obsession with locating the world's largest diamond which just happens to be housed in the Batcave.

Although the villain and her minions break into the Batcave and steal the diamond, writer Jeff Parker works in a reasonable explanation why Martha doesn't know her exact location or choose to stick around to learn the true identity of the Dynamic Duo. The thread of the time-freezing potion created by Marsha's witchy Aunt Hilda is less effective, but does make Martha a bit more formidable.

The back-up story is fun but dumb as the Minstrel steals the Shakespeare bust out of Wayne Manor locking Bruce and Dick out of the Batcave (umm... couldn't they just use Alfred's entrance?) and forcing them to wear old prototype costumes to track the villain down. Worth a look.

[DC, $3.99]

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