Saturday, April 12, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #18 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Mateo Guerrero
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 12, 2014

Two For One

The Justice Lords Beyond story started off with a blast.  Alternate Earth/Timeline stories can be so much fun if done right and I can tell you,  Kyle Higgins and Christos Gage have done it right so far.  The best part of involving both Batman and Justice League Beyond in a combined story is fans get a new chapter each week. The first issue of each book provided a great setup so now we can get down to business.  

Last weeks Justice League Beyond 2.0 ended with Terry leaving for the Justice Lords timeline in search of Lord Batman and answers.  This issue picks up right from there and I mean right form there.  Terry arrives in the alternate timeline and immediately everything goes wrong.  It's clear right away that things aren't going to go as planned.  In fact, he is in downright trouble and the source is the first nice surprise this week.

The book then intersects with the first issue's cliffhanger in clever little way and Terry saves Terry.  Higgins does a great job with the alternate Terry trying to figure out what's going on.  When both get their bearings, we find out about Lord Batman which is the second surprise. Surprise may be too strong a word since it makes sense and I for one expected it.  Surprise or not, it's going to make Terry's mission all the more difficult.

It's amazing how much story and excitement Higgins can fit in one little digital release.  It is such a steal for $0.99.

Mateo Guerrero does a great job of mimicking Thony Silas' art that I barely could tell the difference.  That is meant as a huge compliment as I love Silas' art so much.  I hope Silas is back next week, but now I know Guerrero is there to fill in at any time without missing a beat.

Bits and Pieces:

Kyle Higgins continues the Justice Lords story and I'm hooked.  There are surprises, mysteries, action and humor.  Mateo Guerrero fills in for Thony Silas and does a fine job.  Every DC fan should check this out.


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