Batman ’66 Meets the Man From U.N.C.L.E. #2: “The Batman Affair: Villains in a Rush/Bruce Wayne, Agent of T.H.R.U.S.H.”
Written by Jeff Parker - Illustrated by David Hahn - Inked by Karl Kesel and David Hahn - Colored by MadPencil - Lettered by Wes Abbott
Tone is a tricky thing. Just as much as the look of a TV show or comic, the way the property carries itself speaks volumes. That’s part of what made Batman ’66 so memorable: visually it was bright and colorful, and it had a deadpan tone to match. Those costumes and that dialogue in, say, Tim Burton’s macabre vision of the dark knight? That would have been a disaster, but even if it’s not your cup of tea it worked for what it set out to do.
The thing is, everything has a tone and feel unique to itself. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has a humorous slant, of course, but it’s more serious in nature and relies on the suave and charming personalities of its leads for its laughs more than tongue-in-cheek humor and outrageous situations. Even though they’re products of the same time, they’re very different shows with very different purposes. As such, the meeting of these two worlds could have been outright disastrous.
Luckily, it’s not, as Jeff Parker walks a very fine line in his writing that brings both weight and levity to the two properties while still having them feel naturally and distinctively like themselves. Batman and Robin act like they should, their respective stoicism and whimsy as evident as ever, while the agents of U.N.C.L.E. rub elbows with the denizens of Gotham as if they were meant to be there all along.