Saturday, June 21, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #23 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Thony Silas
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 21, 2014

What Do You Fight For?

The Justice Lords story has been really good in Justice League Beyond 2.0 and this book.  We've got deaths (or did we?!), awesome action and jaw dropping reveals.  However, what has made the story so good goes beyond shock and awe.  Both Kyle Higgins and Christos Gage have really made the reader care about the characters.  In this book, it's all about the Terrys.  Of course, when Higgins is involved, there is always a good chance of some great Dick Grayson action.  

My favorite all-time character is Dick Grayson.  I can't help it, I just love Dick (he he).  It killed me that the Justice Lords Timeline Dick was no good.  To me, even the Bizarro World Dick has to be a good guy.  It's just the way it is. When Terry traveled to the Justice Lords Timeline, my heart was broken when Dick looked like Grand Moff Tarkin to Lord Superman's Darth Vader.  Nooooo!  I should have trusted Higgins.  Starting with last issue we get to see Grayson's redemption.  I knew he was a good guy.  It's still hard to overlook all the murder he sat by and let happen, but hey, at least he's trying to make a difference now.  This issue shows how far he'll go to help Terry bring down Lord Superman and better yet, why he is doing it.  It's personal and awesome.

The other character who has been tested the most in this story is "T", the Justice Lords Timeline Terry McGinnis.  It seems like a long time ago when he was hanging with the Jokerz and while he's come a long way, he's still a bit of a wildcard.  While he's been helping Terry, he still seems to care more about himself than anything else.  That all changes this issue.  While what happens seems a bit far fetched to the point of being forced, I liked it.

The book ends with everything in Terry's hands as he heads back to his timeline to make things right.  That means dealing with Lord Superman and the Justice Lords for good.  I can't wait.

Thony Silas does his magic again and everything looks great.  I say it every week, but this book looks like a printed version of the animated series.  Actually, why aren't we getting an animated series with Higgins and Silas in charge?  Make it happen, now.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman Beyond 2.0 #23 is another great issue of the Justice Lords story.  Higgins gives more great character moments that make the upcoming battle so much more personal.  The lives of two Worlds are at stake and I can't wait to see how it ends.  Thony Silas' art is as impressive as ever and really fits the story to "T" (pun intended).  Highly Recommended.


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