A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!
Terry McGinnis takes on the Batman cowl amidst rumors that the original Joker has returned. An entire section of Gotham City has descended into the Jokerz’ hands, creating a community of clown-worshipping crazies called Jokerztown! Rising from the chaos, Terminal unifies the gang of Jokerz and he’s after the new Batman.
Written by Dan Jurgens and illustrated by Bernard Chang, the in-continuity tales of the Dark Knight of the future continue here in BATMAN BEYOND VOL. 1: THE RETURN! Collects issues #1-6 and BATMAN BEYOND: REBIRTH #1.
Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while continuing to look towards the future. These are the most innovative and modern stories featuring the world’s greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest storytellers in the business.
Honoring the past, protecting our present and looking towards the future. This is the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe. The legacy continues.
My Batman Beyond experience has been pretty much relegated to the tv series I watched growing up so sadly I don’t have much knowledge of the print world as this is my first venture into the land of BB graphic novels. I still enjoyed the storylines and feel the author did a fairly decent job of providing enough information to newbies so you don’t get frustrated and just toss this aside. However, I still think you need some kind of exposure to this series of DC’s creation because the origin story for this Batman incarnation is a bit rushed; you don’t get a huge sense of who Terry McGinnis is and how he’s our new hero the way other stories have done with their first volumes.
Jurgens did a fairly good job in his character development, creating a few scenes that you’ll walk away remembering for a while and adding some pretty fun twists & turns into his plot. Granted there are some clichés but it’s a Superhero versus Comic Villain story so that’s to be expected and he does end the volume with a pretty good twist that should have you looking forward to the second volume.
I liked Chang’s artwork as it felt fitting for the story and this particular line in DC’s Rebirth series.
Overall I felt it was a good way to pass the time, it gave me some decent laughs and felt like a solid read.
Thank you to Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com