Comic Review: The Mis-Adventures of Adam West

The Mis-Adventures of Adam West
Created by Adam West and Darren G. Davis
Written by Reed Lackey
Art by Russell Dauterman and V. Kenneth
Colors by Kamui Ayama
Letters by Jaymes Reed
Cover by Joe Phillips
Bluewater Comics
Release Date: September 15, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99

Adam West, the actor who played Batman in the campy 1960s series, has returned to his heroic ways. This time, however, he’s made the leap from the small screen to the comics pages. In The Mis-Adventures of Adam West, West is frustrated at the dark nature of most modern day heroes. Also, he is frustrated with his agent for showing him scripts where the main characters have questionable morals. West is inexplicably transported into one of the scripts thanks to a magic amulet that is sent to him. West leaps into the body of the main characters, and his age and appearance vary from script to script. West changes the story and makes sure that the hero in each story remains moral and upright. West is also trying to discover the orignins of the amulet, who gave him the amulet, and a way back to the real world.

It is very interesting to see Adam West playing the role of the hero. I watched his portrayal of Batman in reruns as a child. Reading this book is like getting reacquainted with a familiar face from my childhood. Although “dark and gritty” heroes have their place, it is nice to have a book where the heroes and villains are clearly defined. I love Adam West’s dialogue when talking to the deliveryman who gave him the amulet. After the deliveryman talk about the watching The Dark Knight, West says “He was the Caped Crusader long before he was the Dark Knight”. Reed Lackey‘s script is very entertaining, and Russell Dauterman and V. Kenneth‘s art is solid. The Mis-Adventures of Adam West is a good, mostly wholesome adventure story that could be enjoyed by fans who long for a throwback to the heroes of the 60s and serials as well as showing younger readers how the heroes of yesteryear operated. I am looking forward to reading a colletion of the second Adam West series in the near future.

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