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Review Brew: Batman Beyond #16

Time to be reborn…

Batman Beyond #16

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artist:  Stephen Thomas

Colors:  Lisa Jackson

Letters:  Dave Sharpe

Editor: Jim Chadwick

Publisher: DC Comics

I was looking forward to Batman Beyond #16, truly I was. Terry McGinnis is one of my favorite characters of all time and Dan Jurgens seems to have great handle on him but this issue left me feeling distinctly underwhelmed. To be fair, it’s not a bad story, as it wraps up Tim Drake’s out of time story-line effectively but it feels like just that: a wrap up. There’s no pizzazz, no pop, nothing to really make the issue stand out to anyone who isn’t me ie: someone with almost twenty years of love built up for the character. There are a few stand out moments, Matty and Terry together always makes me smile and Matty’s sassing of Alfred never gets old, but it just wasn’t doing it for me.

This is partially the fault of the artwork. Stephen Thomas and Lisa Jackson can frame a dynamic and brilliant fight scene like nobody’s business but when it comes to faces it falls apart. Were it not for the facial hair there’s no way I’d be able to tell Terry and Tim apart. Hell, even Barbara and Matty look alike. It’s distracting to say the least.

Hopefully with Batman Beyond: Rebirth coming next we’ll get a better merging of artwork and story-line, as well as more forward momentum. Only time will tell. 3 out of 5 Batcaves.

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