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Review Brew: Batman Beyond #5

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artist: Bernard Chang

Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo

Letters: Travis Lanham

Editor: Jim Chadwick


It took a long time, but Neo-Gotham is finally starting to feel like home again. This issue concludes the first story arc, “Escaping the Grave,” and it helps return another fixture of the original animated series back to the team.

There isn’t much not to like here for those of us who are big fans of the original series, but maybe not so much of the series previous to Rebirth. There are still a lot of consequences from that series to deal with, but it seems that a majority of the more drastic decisions (i.e. Terry’s death) are to left in the past and more focus will be put on the characters and world that were the core of the original series. The good guys team is not the only one to regain a long thought gone member and the last couple of pages will definitely have you on the edge of your seat.

Speaking of those last couple pages, wow do they look good, and so do the first couple. The art has more of a less precise and blocky feel and the coloring is gorgeous; and then for some reason it just stops being that. It is serviceable DCUA-verse art for most of the book, but it is really lacking the energy and vibrance of those first couple and last couple pages. I’m not going to speculate as to why that is but I really wish the whole book looked like those pages.

Overall, I’m excited but cautious. I love the way this arc ended and I’m excited for more, but also concerned that those less then interesting *cough* Tim Drake *cough* plot points will come in and be a drag on the best part of this book- Terry McGinnis.

4 new suits out of 5.

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