Review: Superman Batman Annual #4

Posted by inferiorego (24714 posts) - - Show Bio

It's been a few years since we've seen hide nor hair of Terry McGinnis, well since those couple of Justice League Unlimited episodes, and he has returned to team up with Superman to take down now old timer Lex Luthor. 
 

The Good

Other than the fact it's great to see the return of what started out as the WB cartoon Batman Beyond, this book is a fun, self-contained story. You could easily get by never seeing the original Batman Beyond cartoon to enjoy it. It has all the detective elements that the original cartoon had and all the action. This issue gives all a glimpse into the monsters certain characters can become in order to shape the world into their idea of perfection, utopia, or whatever you want to call it. My only worry with this is that the cartoon and its characters may not translate well into a non-kids comic, and I was wrong. Paul Levitz's writing really brings one of my favorite cartoon characters onto the page, without it feeling too kiddieish, since the original show really was intended for children. I'm not saying this book is just for kids, but he bridges the gap very well. Renato Guedes pencils and colors do the same thing: Bridging the gap between cartoon and comic book. There is that sense of the show I really enjoyed in each panel of art with a more complex/artistic twist. It was very surprising to see all these elements come together for a story that not only was incredibly good, but good enough to be one of my favorites for the week.
 

The Bad

Although a chunk of the story revolves around mystery and detective work,  at times the pacing was a bit off. It wasn't anything too noticeable, but the transition between detective storytelling to final battle scene was a teeny bit awkward.
 

The Verdict - 4.5/5

Have you missed Terry McGinnis? Then you should be reading this issue! I must say, the Superman/Batman series is one of the very few series that I can actually say has great annual issues every single year. Some are better than others, but in no way are they throw-away issues, like many other series. You're definitely going to want to pick this book up. 
 
~Mat "InferiorEgo" Elfring is a comedian, teacher, comic book writer, and comic store employee~
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#1 Posted by spiderguylll (620 posts) - - Show Bio

The Return of the BEST Batman ever

#2 Posted by The Cyan Lantern (240 posts) - - Show Bio

Good, not sure if it was good for $4.99

#3 Edited by greenenvy (634 posts) - - Show Bio

the Batman beyond cartoon  was not too kiddish to me. It was pretty serious and dramatic with Gothic dark elements just like the original well I guess thats just me. I really like the jokerz so I hope to see them or DD in the series. 

#4 Posted by inferiorego (24714 posts) - - Show Bio
@greenenvy said:
" the Batman beyond cartoon  was not too kiddish to me. It was pretty serious and dramatic with Gothic dark elements just like the original well I guess thats just me. I really like the jokerz so I hope to see them or DD in the series.  "
Maybe I should have said "tweeny"
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#5 Edited by Phantim555 (229 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't wait to pick it up. I still wish Tim were Batman Beyond but beggers can't be choosers lol
#6 Posted by RedHurricane24 (235 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Cyan Lantern said:
" Good, not sure if it was good for $4.99 "
Are you kidding? It was worth every dime I spent on. The story was simply marvelous, as well as the art.
#7 Posted by inferiorego (24714 posts) - - Show Bio
@RedHurricane24 said:
" @The Cyan Lantern said:
" Good, not sure if it was good for $4.99 "
Are you kidding? It was worth every dime I spent on. The story was simply marvelous, as well as the art. "
2nded
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#8 Posted by The Sadhu (853 posts) - - Show Bio

YAY! Terry's back!
#9 Posted by supermanofste-el (29 posts) - - Show Bio

Unless Superman is about to donkey punch Terry McGinnis on that cover and end Batman Beyond, I'd never read it. I hate Batman Beyond's portrayal of future Superman and Bruce Wayne. All the times they saved the world and this is how they ended up? Sad and pathetic.
#10 Posted by War Killer (20209 posts) - - Show Bio

Other than Bruce, Terry is my favorite Batman, I watched the whole Beyond series and I fell in love with the character and his futuristic world, my only complain is how the ending went...

But other then that, I loved this issue, and I can't wait for Terry's mini-series that comes out later this month!!! ^__^
#11 Posted by MrLeadFoot (9 posts) - - Show Bio
Fantastic! Just what I was waiting for. Can't wait for the new mini series!!!!!
#12 Posted by NightFang (10068 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Sadhu said:
" YAY! Terry's back! "
             Did he ever really leave?
#13 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3554 posts) - - Show Bio

I got quite the kick out of the old Batman Beyond series. At first I was kind of offended at the idea, but I warmed to it.
I kind of liked it when Terry started interacting with other heroes from the universe like Superman, but that quickly got abused. I really enjoyed the Return of the Joker story they did. That was dark and captivating. If a little silly that the Joker just happen to be in a microchip.
 
It's interesting how a character can make a transition from animated series to comic canon, such as Harley Quinn.

#14 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

I must say, I really enjoyed this, I didn't think Paul Levitz could actually still write a good story but I admit I was proven wrong.

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