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Batman Beyond #1
writer: Adam Beechen
artist: Ryan Benjamin

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Despite this being a whole Neo-Gotham, the city remains plagued by crime. Citizens still live in fear. Just because the denizens of Arkham Asylum have become too old and feeble to terrorize the people, that doesn't mean a new generation won't arise.

Or will they have to? Perhaps Batman's old enemies aren't as enfeebled as people think…

And so Adam Beechen and Ryan Benjamin plunge us into 2039 and the world of Batman Beyond, a long overdue return of that rarest of creatures: a character created for television that absolutely belongs in comics and DC continuity. Welcome home, Terry McGinnis.

Beechen and Benjamin don't have a cakewalk here, however. This future Batman sprung from a very different continuity, one that involves Justice League Unlimited and seemed very tightly wound there. Yet Beechen manages to serve both; this is early enough in McGinnis' career that the writer can keep away from later revelations, and nothing in this issue contradicts anything that's happened to "our" Batman in the past few years.

It's also a story that combines the best of both worlds. One of Bruce Wayne's old enemies, kept in a medically induced coma for the safety of the citizenry, has awakened and begun a murder spree. Though close reading might make it obvious to long-time fans, his identity is kept a mystery to Terry as he and Bruce realizes that this foe's first victims are old patients of Arkham.

Along the way, Beechen and Benjamin throw in reminders that Terry does have his own life and his own problems. In the heat of battle with Spellbinder, Terry gets a visit from Micron with another offer to join the future Justice League.

Benjamin gives us glimpses of these other future heroes, but again, there's nothing to say they couldn't be from a path started by Brightest Day.

Of course, that's the Zorlack talking, and what really matters is whether or not this is a good story on its own.

It is, completely immersing the reader in its setting and establishing the plot for this mini-series in a fast-paced but satisfying way. Even if you don't know much about the animated series, the characters of Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis are accessible to new readers and ring true for old fans. Then Benjamin's art does a nice job of bridging the expectations of the regular Batman titles with echoes of Bruce Timm's iconic style.

The only thing wrong with this book is its status as a six-issue mini-series. It's already strong enough that fans should want more. If not for Ghostopolis, Batman Beyond #1 would have been my favorite read this week. And all that says to me is, dang, it was a good week for comics.

Write in and let us know what you think!

Derek McCaw


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