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Review – Batman Beyond #35 (DC Comics)

Batman Beyond #35 (DC Comics) cover art (detail) by Chris Samnee
Batman Beyond #35
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Summary

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciler: Rick Leonardi
Inker: Ande Parks
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: August 28th, 2019

Batman Beyond #35 is big on pacing, and on dramatic reveals and character development. But how will the team react to all of the news?

 

Things Are Speeding Up in Batman Beyond #35

Batman Beyond #35 takes the new Splitt and False Face plots to all new heights, or should we say speeds? Terry has quickly ended up in over his head, and as has his support team. Now we’re left wondering, what are they going to do to try to resolve this mess?

This issue is one worth reading—even if you haven’t been enjoying the Splitt or False Face side of the plots. Because this issue is setting up for something huge—and frankly, I’m sitting on pins and needles waiting for Batman Beyond #36 to drop. This whole plot arc has gone above and beyond, when it comes to blending old Batman villains with the new. It’s an interesting balance and one that I think the series has been needing to find for quite some time.

Writing

Batman Beyond #35 (DC Comics) cover art by Chris Samnee
Batman Beyond #35 (DC Comics) cover art by Chris Samnee

Batman Beyond #35 truly brings this whole plot up to an entirely new level. It proves that you can have both the old and the new. In fact, it does it so well that I hope we continue to see this sort of balance from now on.

Dan Jurgens is still writing the series, and I couldn’t be happier about that. He’s been finding new ways to challenge both Terry and Bruce. And that seems like the sort of thing that’s easier said than done.

This issue has a lot of character development, and even more up in the air. There’s a lot happening in this issue, with two antagonists and multiple allies on the way. What is the most surprising part of this issue is the number of fan favorites coming to the forefront. I can’t be the only one anxiously awaiting the next issue.

Art

Batman Beyond #35 has a lot of elements in it, and yet our creative team basically knocked it out of the park. And what a creative team it is. We have Rick Leonardi as the penciler, and Ande Parks is the inker. Then there’s Chris Sotomayor for the colors. Together, this team brought the plight of our characters to life.

This issue had everything, from combat and flashbacks, to character costume changes and the like. So it really did make for a visually interesting issue. The fights were quick but fun. Meanwhile, the flashbacks were clear—with a color and style change to mark off the start and finish of the tale.

Then there are the characters that changed costumes—or who made their first appearance in the series. These changes are dramatic but in a good way. And honestly, it’s going to leave people hoping for another look or two (or ten) in the next issue.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #35 was a complex issue, with the plot splitting off in various directions. Because of that, it was fast-paced and intense. And then there’s the conclusion of this issue—that alone would have been enough to ensure that fans came back for more.

I love how they’ve managed to fit so much into this issue, while still leaving us with just as many questions. This is the balance I’ve been wanting to see in Batman Beyond. And I hope they maintain it.


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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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