New Batman, New Joker and all the old favourites! Although some of them have eye patches

Batman Beyond: 10,000 by Adam Beechen and Norm Breyfogle

Batman Beyond is always pretty awesome. As far as I know (and let’s face it, it might not be that far) Terry’s story line has mostly been left alone by DC, so it’s pleasantly linear (with the exception of an episode of the Justice League cartoon from the 1990s). It’s also usually well written and smart, with its only distinct feeling, as well as all of the iconic Batman-iness.

I actually kind of loved this one.

Terry’s personal life has collapsed after his girlfriend dumps him, the same week her brother is released from prison (remember that later, it’s probably important). Jokerz, criminals inspired by the original Joker, are flocking into Gotham, so Terry and Bruce have their hands full, and call in favours from old favourites like Barbara Gordon, Dick Grayson and Tim Drake, but not in time to stop a deadly attack on the city. In the middle of the story there’s Jake, the man who shot Terry’s father, while working for Derek Powers. Unable to live with his guilt, he ends up putting on a mask himself and becoming Vigilante. He and Batman fight side by side, and I am excited to see the story where everyone’s secret identities are revealed and that gets worked out.

One of the things that Batman Beyond does really well at is the future Gotham City. It has a different feel from the old Gotham, from the high rise lives people now live (more things for Batman to fall off of!) to the technology (now the Batmobile flies now to accommodate the high rises schools, hospitals and parks), the street language and slang (used by the young characters in contrast with the older ones), the Jokerz (slightly edgier then the often suit wearing Joker) and Batman’s look and utility belt. But the Cave, Wayne Manner and the original Bat Family feature just enough to remind the reader of a different time.

Terry is also kind of a more relatable Batman. I mean, I’ve never been rich enough to build a cave under my mansion. Terry comes from a divorced, working class home. He goes to high school and has a girlfriend. Compared to Bruce Wayne who traveled the world to meet monks and sword masters – it’s not hard. I was most of the going to high school thing, and that’s a kind of nice experience, a Batman who’s super power isn’t wealth.

So all in all if you enjoy Batman comics or just comics in general or feel like picking up a character that does not have seventy four alternate realities to shift through, I suggest this one.

Last movie I watched:

Ocean’s Eleven. Good time.

Last TV episode I watched:

Leverages. One of the best scripted TV shows ever.

…. And no, I’m not considering a career as a master criminal. Why do you ask?


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