Close to ten years after his first appearance DC gives the Batman of Tomorrow his own ongoing series!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by Adam Beechen
Art by Ryan Benjamin & John Stansici
Cover by Dustin Nguyen
1:10 Variant cover by Darwyn Cooke
Back in 1999, Bruce Timm and Paul Dini introduced Terry McGinnis to the world with their Batman Beyond cartoon. As a spiritual successor to Timm's own Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond focused on a younger Batman who was being mentored by an elderly Bruce Wayne in the far future. Despite only lasting three seasons, Batman Beyond quickly became a fan favorite but DC never managed to bring Terry McGinnis into the proper fold of Batman's continuity. Now close to a full decade later, DC has finally put out their first Batman Beyond ongoing.
Has it been worth the wait though?
Adam Beechen is a familiar name to the Batman universe and has been met with mixed reactions. Beechen seemed to be a good fit for the Beyond title with his "Hush Beyond" arc that concluded last month, however it seems like the first issue of the ongoing was a step backward for him. The first issue of the ongoing doesn't have the "WOW" factor like the opening of the mini-series did. The new villain introduced and the conflict arises because of him is pretty average. Regardless of the mediocre story there are glimmers or hope within the issue. Beechen brings back aspects from the television show such as Dana (Terry's girlfriend) and the Justice League of tomorrow.
These tiny plot points let you know that Beechen has more to offer in the future of his run other than this mediocre issue.Any fan of Batman Beyond and Terry McGinnis needs to pick up this book for nostalgic sake. Ryan Benjamin has a cartoony feel to his work which helps the story mesh into the history and feel of the TV show. Beechen shows promise with his future on the Batman Beyond, and for only $2.99 it's worth checking out.
Review by: Porcelain38