Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Batman Beyond #48 Review

Gotta Get Back In Time

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Chris Sotomayer, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 27, 2020

It's time to get back to the future, but in a strange twist of events, we'll be making a turn and heading back to the present day this issue with Booster Gold making an appearance this arc to join in on some Batman Beyond fun. Let's jump into this issue and see how Booster Gold going back in time in a Batman book is done right..... you know since we actually have a writer here who knows something about the character. Let's check it out.

Things in this issue escalate quickly as we are just thrown into this plot that moves at breakneck speed and while that may be terrible in some stories, here, it is a breath of fresh air. We've been doing the Batman Beyond thing for so long now that when something new and interesting happens, it really is invigorating and having Booster Gold show up in the future to grab Terry McGinnis so that the both of them can go back to the past to stop something terrible from happening all in what feels like the span of a minute is pretty amazing and works well here, not to mention that it's pretty fun, even with the stakes being the most personal thing that Terry has pretty much ever faced.  

So it's a time travel story and if I've learned anything from reading comics as long as I have, whenever you add time travel to something there's a really good possibility that things are going to get screwy by the end and not make sense, but with Dan Jurgens behind this and Booster Gold's shenanigans, I'm going to step back with my worries for a moment and just hope that he's coming in here with something to prove to people because of how bad Booster's been used by other writers lately and with that in mind, I can say that this initial time travel adventure for this issue was a lot of fun, where my biggest problem was Terry McGinnis himself being such a dick throughout the issue. Yeah, he had a reason to have a bad attitude, but it just doesn't feel as fun as it could because of his attitude in this issue. Not to mention, our big bad of this arc is Dan Jurgen's character Blanque, who really looked like he died at the end of the Superman Revenge Squad arc from Jurgen's time on Action Comics.  

All in all, the art in this issue is amazing and the concept for the story is fun as hell, even if I don't know how the timeline or paradoxes will work out by the end of this arc, but I guess you can just go with time figures itself out, but even if that's not the case...... This the first issue and things are fine for now. The team-up that I never knew I wanted is here and beyond Terry having a shitty attitude towards Booster, I'm having a lot of fun with this story so far and look forward to where it will go, and just having a Batman Beyond in 2020 is an awesome concept all in its own. I'm just kind of angry that we're getting something that seems so fun at the end of the series' run because I've wanted something like this for a while.

Bits and Pieces:

You've been getting a bunch of Booster Gold in the past two years and if you've dug that... Well, stop. This is how Booster Gold is supposed to be so get to know the greatest hero you've never heard of in this arc of Batman Beyond that takes you into this story at the speed of light, turns of the stakes immediately, but never forgets to have fun along the way. If that wasn't enough to get you interested, the art is amazing too.  


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