Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Batman Beyond #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Diagnosis........ Terminal!

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 28, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Quit clownin' around Terry McGinnis and give us some of that sweet, sweet Batman Beyond action.  I know that we're only at issue #3 and that I should probably just calm down and stop yelling at comic books, but the real fact of the matter is that we've been without a proper Batman Beyond book for awhile and now that we got one, it seems that Terry figures he's too out of shape to be the Bat right now......... not to mention that his whole "out of shape-ness" led to the Batman Beyond suit being a little messed up.  Dana Tan still needs saving from the Jokerz though so Terry pulls out his clown paint and makes himself up to be the long lost son of Matches Malone, Trey Malone and infiltrates the group by looking like he's so much of a bad ass that he was able to take Batman down.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Terry can keep the ruse up and if he discovers what Terminal is actually up to and find the still being reanimated body of The Joker.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Terry in the guise of Trey Malone all clowned up and being accepted right into the group for his actions against the Bat in the previous issue, but even though all of the Jokerz seem really gung ho about the idea of having Trey join them, Terminal really seems suspect throughout this issue.  While that's going on, Dana takes the distraction as a way to escape and wonders to herself why the hell Terry McGinnis is acting as one of the Jokerz and even more, how the hell he's even alive.  Also, we have Max and Matt down in the Batcave, trying to figure out how they can help Terry with his insane plan and how the hell they're going to repair the Batsuit.  As we learn, Max is good, but she's not that good, but there does seem to be some sort of backup in place when they access the weapons log and our two side heroes spend the rest of the issue trying to get Matt into Jokerz Town so that he can find his brother and get him whatever this backup is.

Meanwhile, the Jokerz realize that Dana is missing and they send their big Bane like Joker after her, which we find out his name is Monster Man, here and even though it makes me think a bit of Night of the Monster Men, I actually really like the name and it made me chuckle.  Anyway, knowing that these psychopaths could get out of hand with their recapture of Dana, Terry volunteers as a show of what he could bring to the team to track her down and bring her back......... which he does, but I was then left yelling at the comic about them going back to Terminal's pad and then talking freely about who Terry is and about Terminal's plan to bring the Joker back.  Yeah, our hero needs a little exposition to get him on the trolley about what Terminal is up to, but these fiends may have security cameras set up or at the very least, they sure seemed to be within ear shot.

In the end, Terminal realizes who Trey Malone is because like Dana, Terminal went to High School with Terry as well and now believes that his former classmate is working with Batman to try and bring them down.  Yeah, Terry's in a bad place when we leave this issue, what with him being hung upside down and a bunch of Jokerz firing exploding ball bearings at him, but things may be getting better because as we leave this issue, we learn that Terminal has no interest in reviving the Joker, what he wants to do is to continue to steal the money from his real subject, a painted up comatose Bruce Wayne.

That's it for this issue of Batman Beyond and while we didn't really get anything from Terry going undercover as one of the Jokerz, you know besides for the immediate information about what Terminal was up to with the Joker......... and even though we did see Terry get his ass handed to him again, which has been going on way too much lately........ I have to say that I actually had a fun time with this issue.  Yeah, I could nitpick things left and right, but at the end of the day all I'm really looking forward to is a compelling story that allows me to have fun with the characters and for there not to be any glaring plot holes and since we also got some kick ass art throughout this issue, I have to say that this is a pretty damn enjoyable issue of Batman Beyond.......... not to mention a bad ass reveal, which while it was kind of telegraphed since this series started, was revealed in a interesting way.  All in all, this is probably one of my favorite issues of this Batman Beyond series yet and while that doesn't mean much with this only being the third issue, it's enough to keep me interested in the series and looking forward to see what Dan Jurgens has for us next.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue kind of makes all the set up in the previous issue look all for not, we still get some really fun stuff with this story and an interesting turn on a reveal that this series has been teasing since it started.  We've got great art all the way through and I'm starting to feel myself get a little hyped for what's to come.


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