Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Batman Beyond #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

Batgirl Beyond

Written By: Vita Ayala, Steve Orlando
Art By: Siya Oum, Dexter Vines, Tony Avina, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 27, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Okay, let's jump into some Batman Beyond action and while I wish there was a reason to catch everyone else up on what been going on in this series before getting into this issue.......... There really isn't a point because this issue seems to be something that was written awhile ago, but had a few tweaks to it to try and put it in line with this series....... which doesn't really work.  That' being said, let's jump into Batman Beyond and see what this guest team is bringing to this interlude as it's called.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Barbara Gordon investigating a drug operation before getting knocked out and with that, our story begins.  In the Batcave, Max and Matt are bored while watching a hockey game and that's just fine for Max because apparently Bruce and Terry are in Tibet chasing Ra's Al Ghul........... even though it was just established in the last arc that Ra's was dead.  Maybe they mean Damian and this is supposed to take place during that, but none of it really makes sense because Barbara Gordon was injured during that arc and is out and about here.  Anyway, Max gets a distress call from Barbara, leading her to suit up in a high necked jacket....... you know, to keep her mouth a secret and she's off to save the Commissioner from danger.

While all of this is going on, Batgirl.......... who was never established in this continuity is out and about and trying to get to the bottom of the drug dealers of Crown Point and her and Max team up to take the dealers down and save Barbara........ and goddamn, this is odd as hell because they're really playing up like the original Batman Beyond digital comic is a part of this continuity, where Nissa as Batgirl was established, but all we get out of this comic that tries to make it make sense is Barbara saying that she hasn't heard from Nissa since the Brother Eye invasion........... which is odd too because in this Neo Gotham we have hockey games going on and everything seems fine.......... So I guess the rest of the world is back up and running and everything is fine again.

In the end, Batgirl and Max save Barbara and Max tells Nissa that she should work together again......... That's all I have for you.

That's it for this issue of Batman Beyond and I don't understand what's going on in this series anymore.  They just throw Nissa into this book like she's been an established character in Rebirth or some sort of legacy character that everyone should know and we're just left feeling like we've missed something because of it.  Batman and Bruce are just out chasing Ra's Al Ghul, which doesn't make any sense in this continuity and the world seems to be fine after the Brother Eye invasion now because we have hockey games going on.  Yeah, this definitely seems like an issue that wasn't written for this series, but had a few forced pieces of dialog thrown in to try and make it work......... but it doesn't.  The art in this issue, while okay, isn't great and by the end of the book I was just left wondering what happened to this series that I was really looking forward to at the beginning of Rebirth.

Bits and Pieces:

Batgirl Beyond is just thrown into this issue without any backstory and it feels like it's a direct sequel to the digital first Batman Beyond title from years ago, with a few forced bits of dialog to try and make it work within this series, where the character has never been a part of continuity.  So yeah, nothing really feels right about this issue and the rest of continuity seems to be thrown out the window as well here.  



  1. The art was okay? I didn't have any idea that was supposed to be Barbara Gordon until they started mentioning her name repeatedly. I thought it was some random redheaded dude. And later in the issue, when she has the glasses on, she looks like Mole Man. I think Marvel can sue for copyright infringement. And the Fantastic Four showing up here would make about as much sense as anything else in this issue.
    I agree with your score! FU5