Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Batman Beyond #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Wrap Up

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 23, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Terry McGinnis has been fighting Damian Wayne for issue after issue now and even within those issues it seems that as soon as the fight is over, it just picks right back up again.  So yeah, I'm getting kind of bored with this arc and hope that it ends strong so that I can feel that we got something out of this besides for the introduction of Damian Wayne thirty-five years from now, but I'm not holding my breath.  In the previous issue, Goliath came out to defend his master Damian Wayne, but Terry's out of control Batsuit took control of him once again and had our hero kill the Bat Dragon.  Hopefully, that was just for a cliffhanger effect because whether Terry's being controlled by the suit or not, I don't see him coming back from taking Goliath from us.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's what.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with........ get this, a fight between Terry McGinnis and Damian Wayne and even though Damian seems hell bent on finally killing McGinnis, it's at this point that Terry starts getting the upper hand, which is ridiculous because his suit's power is diminished and seriously damaged after the fights that have already gone on.  

Since we need something for Bruce Wayne to do, since he can't hack into Damian's computer to stop the missiles he plans on launching at the world, Koru, the son of Ubu returns to end our former Batman's life because we find out here that Ubu went and ended his life because of his constant defeats at the hands of Batman and Koru is going to make sure that Bruce never has the chance to do that to someone again.  It's at this point that the book becomes hokey as hell because Damian stops Koru from killing his father because.......... well, because he's his father and after Terry then gets the upper hand on Damian, Bruce acts in the same way to Terry, who then immediately takes control back from the Batsuit.  So yeah, everyone has their heads again and nobody wants to kill anybody, except for Koru, who uses this family bonding time to launch the missiles, which forces Terry to put the Batsuit back on and try and stop them before they impact.  

In the end, Terry stops the missiles, with a little help from Max back in the Batcave, which was forced as hell just to remind people that Max and Matt are actually in this book and to make sure that we have ourselves a proper happy ending, Goliath is alive and well.  Yeah, all's well that ends well as we close this book with father and son reconciling and Bruce telling Terry that he feels like he's his son.  

That's it for this issue of Batman Beyond and while it went for the warm and gooeys by bringing father and son back together at the end of this story, it all felt forced as hell and gave us a whole lot of nothing throughout this arc to get to it.  The art, while I normally love the artistic team on this book felt a little too claustrophobic for my liking with the panel layouts and I felt that not everything in this issue was properly shown to get to the resolution in this book.  That being said, there's still a lot to love about the art in this book because when it shines, it shines bright.  All in all, while there are things to enjoy in this issue, but everything seemed to wrap up too quickly and the emotional responses felt like they came out of nowhere from what we've seen in every other issue to this arc.

Bits and Pieces:

While people with daddy issues like me might feel a bit of warmth by the end of this issue.......... or jealously if you're really like me, the rest was just forced emotions for a forced ending to wrap everything up after having issue after issue of a fight that amounted to nothing in the end.  The art was decent for the most part, but man was this arc a serious let down, even if it did introduce Damian Wayne into this era.  



  1. Sorry your books seem to suck this week, Eric. At least Goliath survived, though. That's a plus, right?

    1. lol...i would have been so upset if he hadn't!!!