Batman Beyond 2.0 is another one of Kyle Higgins exciting ongoing series. This book is basically a continuation of the ground breaking TV series Batman Beyond. It follows all the characters from the original show, Terry, Bruce, Barbara, Spellbinder, Shriek, etc. However it also intorduces some fresh new faces and relationships into the Batman Beyond Universe as well as reintroducing old characters from BTAS such as Dick Grayson and Kurt Langstorm. The series truly makes you feel like you’re watching the show again. The art just resembles the shows animation to a tee. So far the book has brought on engaging and exciting arcs. All of the arcs really put Terry’s mental strength to the test. But they also put a strain on the already crumbling relationship between Terry and Bruce, who is no longer Terry’s mentor.
This is currently the Justice Lords Beyond arc. Terry has found himself stranded on a parallel earth very differen from his own. Instead of the world being run by a government, it’s ran by the Justice Lords, a parallel version of the Justice League. Lord Superman has a firm dictatorial grip on the world. And who’s his right hand man. None other than….Dick Grayson?! Yes sir. The former boy wonder has a new partner in crime. With “Lord” Batman thought to be dead. No one stands in the way of this new dynamic duo. Well, that is until Terry shows up. Now, since there are parallel versions of all the other characters, how does Terry of the Justice Lords time line stack up? I’ll put it this way, he calls himself “T”. T is supposed to represent what Terry’s life would have been like if he never became Batman. With Terry on the run from the government and Lord Superman, and T on the run from his old group, the Joker Gang, eventually their paths cross. The dynamic between T and Terry is actually quite funny. You can tell that Terry is in the mindset of “Please tell me I wouldn’t really be like this guy.” To put it lightly, T is a giant tool. With no way of communication to the Batman Beyond timeline Dick Grayson, Terry is forced to team with T to stop this worlds Superman. After a trip to what used to be the Batcave, a costume change, and Superman “killing” Terry with his heat vision, we’re ready to begin Batman Beyond 2.0 #22!!
Issue 22 picks up directly after the”death” of Terry with T in a prison transport commanded by Dick Grayson. There’s a bit of dialog exchange between Dick and T, we find out that Lord Superman didn’t tell Commander Grayson that Terry was from another world. It clearly shows that Lord Superman only answers to one man, himself. Soon after, a guard runs in frantically. Terry’s body is gone?!! Say it isn’t so! Yes, with the help of a Spellbinder like device implanted in his bat suit, Terry was able to make it seem like Lord Superman killed him. Very clever Kyle Higgins. The next scene shows Terry entering the Batcave looking for anwers. I have to add that this new suit that Terry has, is completely badass. Anyway, while we get a more in depth look at the Batcave, we see that the Batwing is basically crashed into water. With Terry’s badass suit, he’s able to propel the plane out of there. While in the ship, he recieves a recording of Lord Batman saying that he has the answer to defeating Lord Superman. We then return to T’s holding cell where he’s being harassed by the guards. They make vague threats to him about how bad Lord Superman will mess him up. Just then, Terry bursts into the cell block. Commander Grayson comes in with a battalion on stand by. This scene reallly shows the nature of Commander Grayson. It shows that he knows that the cause he is fighting for is immoral and that he wants to bring down lord Superman. Now, with the help of a…lets say upgrade, that Lord Batman left Terry, they have a shot at changing this world for the better.
This book brings back so many memories as well as creating new ones. The whole series allows us a more in depth look that we missed out on when the show was canceled. Kyle Higgins gives you a better look at how much of Terry being Batman actually affected who he would become. This is a solid book. If you are a fan of the TV series or of Kyle Higgins, or just Batman in general, then fork over .99 $ and relive Batman Beyond.
#NerdSwag Rating: 8/10 (Solid Buy!)
Review by guest contributor: Owen Goodheart |Instagram: @Nightwing_Chicago_Savior