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Batman Beyond 2.0 #16 - Reunion Review

5

You won't want to miss this issue focusing on Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon.

The Good

We've just seen two great arcs in this series and Kyle Higgins changes things up a little by delivering a stellar self-contained story. One of the great things about the Batman Beyond universe is the fact that these are our beloved characters in a possible future. We can't help but wonder where they're at and what they've been through since their younger days.

Throughout the comics, we've often seen the "will they or won't they" status between Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. We've often felt they were meant for each other but something always comes up. What Higgins gives us is a chance to see these two talk about the past and where they stand with each other today. With Barbara the current police commissioner and Dick now being Terry McGinnis' mentor, they are finding themselves having to work together. The story that Higgins puts together along with the dialogue is fantastic.

Then there's the art. This chapter is drawn by Eric Wight. Besides the current future scenes, we also see some amazing flashbacks. Wight's style is perfect and Emilio Lopez's colors will knock your socks off.

The Bad

Honestly, the thing that bummed me out the most was when it ended. Despite not having a lot of action, aside from what was in the flashbacks, this issue showed how great these characters are and can be.

I'm still confused about whether or not the implication of some sort of relationship between Barbara and Bruce ever happened.

The Verdict

This is an issue you have to read. If you've ever read and enjoyed stories involving Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon, you're going to want to see the talk they have in the Batman Beyond timeline. Kyle Higgins truly understands these characters. He has a great feel for who they are and seeing this interaction is exactly what you would want to see, especially if you've watched the regular animated Batman series and Batman Beyond. The art by Eric Wight and colors by Emilio Lopez will blow you away. Simply put, I loved this story.

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Posted by cobra88king8

I know Bruce/ Barb was hinted at in the original Beyond show

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by danhimself

@g_man: @cobra88king8: it was also very HEAVILY hinted at in the Mystery of the Batwoman movie

Posted by Nightwing_Beyond

I came for the Dick & Babs.

I stayed for the Dick & Wally.

They're still best friends, take that New 52!

Posted by Munsu

Yeah, I think Higgins should have brought up her dating Bruce. Her dating who is basically his father after he left, and who he already resented a lot, would be a much more believable reason why he and Babs drifted apart and didn't talk to each other anymore than what we got here. I could care less about the person she ended up marrying.

Edited by Alak

@nightwing_beyond said:

I came for the Dick & Babs.

I stayed for the Dick & Wally.

They're still best friends, take that New 52!

This. I really enjoyed their banter in this issue, and it really makes me think of the potential episodes Bruce Timm could have done if WB had the rights to include Nightwing in the JL/JLU series. Romance is always a fun sub-plot, but bromance is so much more memorable :D

Posted by Romthelegionaire

Did anyone else catch that one of the flashbacks in this issue references the events of the BTAS episode "Shadow of the Bat Part 2" when Mason said to Gordon "there's been a recent decline in the Bat population"?

Edited by Terry_McGinnis

Love the way Batman Beyond 2.0 has been going so far, however this issue left a little to be desired. While I do enjoy learning more about Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson over the years, I felt that the issue left out some major things that were brought up in the cartoon - such as Bruce and Barbara's relationship. The author could have done better to address that, or perhaps leaving it out was his way of saying that in this version of 2.0 it never happened.

My biggest issue with this, well, issue was the change in art style. While I'm not against change (welcome it in several comics I read) I felt that the artist went backwards a step. Dick Grayson looked younger and less battle worn, Terry looked like he was 16/17 again instead of a few years older like he had been portrayed up till this point, and Melanie Walker looked like a twig with just enough curves to be a woman. Honestly it felt like the artwork was a call-back to Batman: The Animated Series and while it works great for that cartoon/series, I think it doesn't fit well with the futuristic grudge-esque world of Beyond.

Posted by ScarletKnight2814

I'm so happy that Mr Higgins is ignoring the Bruce/Babs relationship it was disgusting and gross, and luckily they'll never show it.