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Preview: Batman Beyond #33

Batman Beyond #33

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Rick Leonardi, Ande Parks (CA) Chris Samnee
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Lost Daze” part three! Defeated at the hands of the Splitt, Batman radios for help. But Bruce Wayne doesn’t seem to have the same knowledge and experience Terry has relied on over the years from his mentor. Meanwhile, Melanie Walker tries to get to the bottom of everyone’s strange behavior by breaking into Arkham Asylum. Will she make a shocking discovery that will help Terry the way Bruce seems unable to?

Batman Beyond #33

Preview: Batman Beyond #32

Batman Beyond #32

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Rick Leonardi, Ande Parks (CA) Chris Samnee
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Lost Daze” continues as Batman’s battle with the Splitt reaches a fever pitch, but the Dark Knight isn’t getting any support from the Batcave. The normally reclusive Bruce Wayne is too busy lavishing cash all over Neo-Gotham to care that his protégé is in trouble. Does this out-of-character behavior have something to do with the strange goings-on at Arkham Asylum?

Batman Beyond #32

Review: Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound Special #1

It’s a fifth week, so DC is teaming up their characters with some of the Hanna-Barbera classics! John Stewart is a Green Lantern who is tested by heading to Earth where he can’t use his ring and he meets Huckleberry Hound, a former tv star on the comedy circuit. Also included is a bonus story featuring Secret Squirrel.

Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound Special #1 is by Mark Russell, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Ande Parks, Steve Buccellato, Wes Abbott, J.M. DeMatteis, Tom Mandrake, Travis Lanham, and Hi-Fi.

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Preview: Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

(W) Scott Lobdell (A) Dexter Soy, Ryan Winn, Phil Hester, Ande Parks (A/CA) Trevor Hairsine
In Shops: Aug 08, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Batman versus Red Hood for the right to fight in Gotham-grab your ringside seat for the battle 25 years in the making! Jason Todd broke a promise to his mentor, and must now confront an angry and betrayed Batman. That means a good time for readers, but probably not so much for Jason: it’s likely going to take more than the Outlaws’ help in order for the Red Hood to avoid wearing an orange jumper in prison.

Preview: Green Hornet Omnibus Vol. 2 TP

Green Hornet Omnibus Vol. 2 TP

writers: Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Mark Rahner
artists: Igor Vitorino, Ronan Cliquet, Josef Rubinstein, Carlos Rafael
cover: Phil Hester
FC | 360 pages | $29.99 | Teen+

COLLECTING VOLUME 1 (2010) ISSUES 16-27, ANUALS 1 & 2

The mysterious and deadly Redhand makes his move against the Kato family. With Mulan ailing, and Hayashi guarding her, it falls to Green Hornet to stand alone against the deadliest foe he has ever faced. An enemy with training and knowledge surpassing even his, an enemy who can’t be found… until he strikes.

Then the “Outcast” arc sees a new power rising in Century City. A bureaucrat has seized control of the entire city, and to cement his position, he enlists the help of a killer who wears the Green Hornet costume. Now, Britt Reid, Jr. must fight for his life, and for his father’s legacy. The Green Hornet and Kato will have to get as down and dirty as their new foes to preserve everything their fathers left as legacy. In the end, nothing will ever be the same in Century City.

Preview: Batman Beyond #19

Batman Beyond #19

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Phil Hester, Ande Parks (CA) Bernard Chang
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Long Payback” finale! When Batman was at the mercy of Payback, Melanie Walker – a former member the Royal Flush Gang – swooped in to save his life. Now, with Melanie on the receiving end of Payback’s wrath, Terry will have to return the favor. But can a bruised and battered Batman save the day, or will he need the help of his mysterious new partner?

Review: Batman Beyond #19

*Warning Spoilers Ahead*

“The Long Payback” Finale 

It sure has been a while since I dove into to the world of Neo Gotham. Batman Beyond may be one of my favorite franchises of all time. I know I know it’s got Batman in it. (shocker) but even more than Batman, I seem to love the character of cranky old Bruce Wayne. He has resonated with me in some form or other since the late 80’s when The Dark Knight Returns (which just so happens to be the greatest comic book of all time imo) came out. I’ve always found an over the hill and beaten and war torn Dark Knight fascinating.

So naturally when the epic trio of Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Alan Burnett came up with the idea of a young Batman aided by a cranky old Bruce Wayne, I was enthralled. I remember watching the prime time premiere with eyes and jaw wide open. It was slick. It was cool. It was, in a word… schway. From the character designs to the magnificent voice acting, (Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy) it truly is a 90’s gem. I digress though. Even though Batman Beyond has existed in comic book form before, it has never lived up to what I felt the spirit of that incredible animated series was. That is, until now.

When DC Comics announced a new Batman Beyond series back a few years ago, I had some mixed feelings. These fictional characters are some that are near and dear to my heart and I don’t want to see them done any injustice. Luckily when I learned that Dan Jurgens was going to be writing, those feelings started to subside. Bernard Change started with art duties but have now passed them on to Phil Hester. I feel he is a great choice for art in the Blade Runner-ish world of Neo Gotham. Since his run on Green Arrow long ago, Phil Hester has always been a talent I am proud to follow.

Anyways on with the show, the reason I have picked up the title again is the solicits said they were introducing a new Robin. I’m a sucker for Robin. So this was the perfect launchpad back on the future Bat Train for me. Unfortunately it is the last part of a story called “The Long Payback”, however even though I missed all the previous chapters. I feel I did not miss much.

The gist is this: Terry (Batman) is trapped by a new villain who calls himself Payback (clever huh, yawwwn) who blames Terry for the death of his younger son and wants to torture him. The only chance Terry has, is Bruce suiting up his younger bro as the new Robin to get him out alive. Now that sounds like a paper thin plot right there (and it is) but there are moments between the obvious that make it quite enjoyable. One part I loved was the outright objection of Dana (Terry’s gf) telling Bruce that some one should have reported him to child services a long time ago for allowing yet another young child into his never ending war. She brings up the fact he could have contacted the police or even the Justice League but for some reason he didn’t. I really liked this because it brings up an important part of Bruce’s character. It focuses on his constant obsession of knowing what is right for Gotham. No matter what the cost.

At this point Bruce is confined to a wheelchair and has to deal with the fact that he is no longer able to be a mobile guardian in any capacity. The fact that he sends young Matt McGinnis into battle without being properly trained is curious. I love Robin as much as any character (Damian being my favorite) but sending Matt into such a dangerous situation certainly raises questions. Ones that will be answered down the line.

For the most part the issue is pretty paint-by-numbers with the exception being the Bruce and Dana stuff in the Cave. I have to say though, Matt’s Robin costume on the cover is a striking image and very cool interpretation. I always loved robin with a hood and more muted colors. This suit on the cover pays homage to both Tim Drake and Damian’s time as the Boy Wonder. Hood? Check. Mask. Check. Throw in a sick hoverbike and you are good to go.

I don’t want to ruin the issue for anyone completely, only to say it is nothing you haven’t most likely seen before. It was very reminiscent of Tim Drake’s first official appearance as Robin wayyyy back in Batman #457. The covers showing Robin racing to Batman’s aid, only to pull a little bit of a swerve in the actual issue itself. All in all not a bad way to open a new chapter in the bat sidekick mythos, but it left me wanting much much more. Here’s hoping there is a lot more Matt Bat action to come.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Phil Hester Inks: Ande Parks
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.0 Score: 7.3 Recommendation: Pass (unless you are a Robin enthusiast)

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Just for fun here is Tim Drake’s first cover appearance as Robin below. See if you can draw comparisons.

Cover

Preview: Shade, the Changing Woman #2

Shade, the Changing Woman #2

Story: Cecil Castellucci
Art: Marley Zarcone
Ink: Ande Parks
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Color: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Cover: Becky Cloonan
Editors: Jamie S. Rich and Molly Mahan
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Shade has a new body that’s all her own, but does that mean she also requires a new life, one of her making, as well? River, Teacup and the rest of the Valley Ville crew have moved on, and so must she. But creating a life from scratch isn’t as easy as getting a new body, especially when all you have is the memory of what you had.

Preview: Batman Beyond #18

Batman Beyond #18

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Phil Hester, Ande Parks (CA) Bernard Chang
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Long Payback” part five! Payback’s vengeance against Batman is almost at hand, but the Dark Knight’s allies won’t let him perish without a fight. When help does arrive, will Payback decide that killing those closest to Batman is the sweetest revenge?

Preview: Batman Beyond #17

Batman Beyond #17

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Phil Hester Cover: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo
Ink: Ande Parks Color: Michael Spicer Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Rob Levin Group Editor: Marie Javins
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“The Long Payback” part four! Following his defeat at the hands of Stalker, Batman is delivered into the arms of the mysterious villain pulling all the strings-someone he never expected! Humiliated by past defeats, this deadliest of enemies wants to drag Batman through the streets of Neo-Gotham en route to a public execution. With Bruce Wayne hampered by injuries, the rescue mission falls to a complete unknown, with dire consequences!

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