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Batman Beyond 2.0 #9 - The Bat Men, Part 1 of 7: Everything Old is New Again Review

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The big battle in the first arc may be over but there's still others to deal with. There's also another threat from the past brewing as well.

The Good

This issue picks up shortly after last issue. It's always nice when a new arc moves forward yet still acknowledges what happened before. There are repercussions that shouldn't be ignored or swept away in order to make things easy. When Rewire unleashed his plan against Neo-Gotham, several residents from the Arkham Institue are still on the loose and it's up to Terry to try to find them.

At the same time, Kyle Higgins introduces a subplot taking place in the "historic district" and we get to see a new group with ties to a character from Batman's career. Higgins also gives us a good fight to provide plenty of action even thought 'first issues' in new arcs are usually the set up issues. We also get a cool flashback. There's definitely some cool things coming up.

There's something about Thony Silas' art in this issue. It's been great throughout the series but it really looks tighter and crisper here. Perhaps it's the colors by Emilio Lopez making it it really pop off the pages. (Note: I read this issue on my iPhone and even at a smaller size, it looks great).

The Bad

Shriek gets a little upgrade. It's not clear when or how this happened but perhaps we'll find out later. Not a huge deal.

The Verdict

A new arc has begun and it looks like Kyle Higgins has some cool things coming. Terry still has to deal with some of the fallout from the first arc (the fact that he still has to apprehend several threats that have escaped Arkham) but we also see a great introduction to a new/old threat. The designs of this group, what we see of them, is pretty cool. Thony Silas' art is great as usual and Emilio Lopez's colors really adds a nice punch to it. As if that wasn't enough, we also get a cool Batman: The Animated Series flashback. Do yourself a favor and check this out. This issue reminds us why Batman Beyond is such a cool concept.

13 Comments
Posted by longbowhunter

I've enjoyed the story so far. I seem to be in the minority though. Kinda prefer the JL Beyond half every month.

Posted by Alak

I'm following this series now and it's really enjoyable. Terry's reaction to this issue's flashback made me chuckle.

Posted by Romthelegionaire

In case anybody was wondering, the events in Grayson's flashback took place in the Batman TAS episode "Fear of Victory". Kyle Higgins is awesome for having dedicated a few panels to highlighting a moment from Dick's Robin days. Minor gripe though: when Dick talks about "Brian Waters" the Gotham State University football player, the guy's actual name was Brian "The Rock" Rogers.

Posted by Mrgreenlantern

I think its a matter of time before we see spellbinder and shriek together again, I'd love for this series to have its own LL maybe financing all of terry's rogues kinda like what Powers was for the T.v show

Posted by kidhero999

In case anybody was wondering, the events in Grayson's flashback took place in the Batman TAS episode "Fear of Victory". Kyle Higgins is awesome for having dedicated a few panels to highlighting a moment from Dick's Robin days. Minor gripe though: when Dick talks about "Brian Waters" the Gotham State University football player, the guy's actual name was Brian "The Rock" Rogers.

I knew that flashback looked familiar.

Posted by War Killer

I love this series, Higgins writes these character just as they were in the TV show. The art looks fantastic and the bits of humor throw in with all of the serious would put a smile on any fan of Batman: TAS or Batman Beyond. I also love Terry and Dick's relationship,whereas Terry looked to Bruce as a father-figure, he looks to Dick as more of an older brother. When you really think about it, seeing as Dick was an only child it makes sense that he would take Terry in under his wing; keeping an eye on him like any loving brother would.

Overall, this series is amazing and the only thing I wish is that it was longer. That's not really a complaint, but more so because I love the story so much that I just can't get enough. xD