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Review – Batman Beyond #39 (DC Comics)

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Batman Beyond #39

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: January 1st, 2020

There’s a new Batwoman protecting the streets of Gotham in Batman Beyond #39. Meanwhile, a fan favorite and older antagonist of the series is back from the dead to target our heroes once again.

 

The Question Lingers in Batman Beyond #39

Batman Beyond #39 leaves a very specific question on the lips of every reader: who is this new Batwoman? Both fans and characters within this world have their own theories about who it is. And yet, we’ve yet to be told the truth of this masked woman.

One thing is for certain, she’s up for quite the challenge ahead of her. A famous Batman Beyond villain has come back from the grave, and he’s unwilling to let any bat get in his way. In fact, he’d rather enjoy going through them.

In recent years Batman Beyond has been doing an excellent job of blending the old and the new together. Here we have yet another blast from the past, though we can safely assume that there will be a twist or two involving her appearance.

Writing

Batman Beyond #39 (DC Comics) cover art by Dustin Nguyen
Batman Beyond #39 (DC Comics) cover art by Dustin Nguyen

Dan Jurgens is not a man afraid of taunting his fans. That is something I learned during Batman Beyond #39. All I want is to learn the identity of this new Batwoman, but he’s making us wait. The tension behind that secret has been carefully crafted. And it’s certainly doing an excellent job of keeping us on the hook.

Bringing back a classic Batman Beyond villain to face this new character was a nice touch, if I may say so. It’s another example of how Jurgens has been merging the old and the new in order to bring us something completely different.

Then there’s the secondary plot of what is happening to Terry. For a while, it felt like that was a bit of a slow build. But the latest revelation has left us feeling like it’s going to come to a head, and soon. Suddenly there’s a whole lot happening on the pages of Batman Beyond, and I’m more eager than ever to get my hands on the next issue.

Art

Batman Beyond #39 boasted some truly brilliant artwork. In fact, the alternate cover for this issue may very well be one of my favorites from the series so far (gotta love that dynamic-looking Batwoman).

The fight scenes were all very carefully thought out and delivered; that helped to add to the impact of what was happening. They were flashy and interesting, accompanied by some brilliant explosions (naturally).

The color palette for this issue (as well as the rest of the series) is what gives it the distinctive look I’ve come to love. It’s a cross somewhere between the brightness of Batman Beyond and the vividness of Batwoman. And I just can’t get enough of it.

Inaki Miranda was the lead artist for this issue, with Chris Sotomayor providing the brilliant colors, and Travis Lanham doing the lettering. Together they brought us something that was both bright and fun, as well as being a perfect fit for the series.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #39 was an intriguing issue, one that dangled the carrot in front of the readers. While we’re naturally eager to see who this Batwoman is, we have to admit that there are a lot of other absorbing elements going on at the same time. But all of that is just going to make the wait for Batman Beyond #40 feel that much longer.


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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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