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Review – Batman Beyond #34 (DC Comics)

Batman Beyond #34 (DC Comics) variant cover (detail) by Kaare Andrews
Batman Beyiond #34
Overall
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  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8/10
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Summary

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciler: Rick Leonardi
Inker: Ande Parks
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 24th, 2019

There’s just one problem after another for heroes like Batman. How will Terry handle the latest turn of events in Batman Beyond #34?

 

Seeing Doubles All Over in Batman Beyond #34

Lately, they’ve been really upping the ante for Batman Beyond. Suddenly Terry has been forced to deal with multiple antagonists at once. Some from the past, and some new and unique to his series. It’s been an interesting blend, and one that’ll keep fans coming back for more. The last issue introduced a whole new set of problems into the mix, and it seems like they’re flowing over into Batman Beyond #34. And of course, they couldn’t resist increasing the tension even more. This whole plot is leading up to a blowout event.

Writing

Batman Beyond #34 (DC Comics) main cover by Chris Samnee
Batman Beyond #34 (DC Comics) main cover by Chris Samnee

It’s almost hard to believe how much has been happening in the issues lately. Dan Jurgens has been balancing two plots; one old and one new. I think we all knew that the plots would eventually weave together—but I don’t think anybody expected the way it happened.

Batman Beyond #34 was an intense issue. There’s a lot going on, and even more subtle moments to pick up on along the way. The writer used a couple of points to intentionally mislead us. The confusion wasn’t intended to last for long—but it did go a long way in reminding us how all of the secondary characters would be feeling during that situation. It was clever.

Speaking of the secondary characters, I feel like this issue, in particular, did a solid job of highlighting everybody. There are a few characters that have been notably absent—and I’m still expecting the fallout from that. But the ones present got more airtime, so to speak.

The two plots that Jurgens has been working with collided violently in this issue, though we don’t yet know the results of that merger. It does make me feel a bit more anxious to get my hands on the next issue.

This issue does end with a bit of a cliffhanger—so consider yourselves warned. It’s well done, but it’ll also make you anxious to see what happens next. I know it made me wonder just how far they were going to stretch this new plot twist.

Art

Batman Beyond #34 was full of clean lines and dramatic moments. This issue did a great job at portraying the confusion occurring—they didn’t intentionally obfuscate the situation, but neither did they make it blatantly obvious. That’s a fine line to follow.

Rick Leonardi, Ande Parks, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham all teamed up to bring us this issue. And honestly, there were some standout panels worth talking about. I think the panels showing Batman flying across the city were especially well rendered. It highlighted the art style they’re going for. Plus they looked awesome (and bonus points for the dramatic poses). This scene was the first inkling that something else was going on, and they did a good job of weaving that more subtle element into the mix.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #34 was a fun and fast-paced read. I love that they’ve begun tying everything together once again. While I enjoyed the pacing resulting from multiple plots, it was starting to feel a little bit all over the place. And as much as I hate to admit it, I love that we don’t yet know how things are going to go now that the two plots are merging.

The cliffhanger conclusion has left me anxious, but not as much as I expected. Mostly I’m just curious to see how they’re going to resolve everything.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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