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Review – Batman Beyond #40 (DC Comics)

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Batman Beyond #40

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Sean Chen
Inker: Sean Parsons
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: January 22nd, 2020

Batman Beyond #40 finally reveals the true identity of the new Batwoman, all while bringing Terry’s plot to concerning heights.

 

Batwoman Revealed in Batman Beyond #40

Batman Beyond faces a lot of changes – and dangers – in the past several issues. But on the bright side, Batman Beyond #40 finally keeps that promise it’s been making to us. We’re about to learn the identity of the new Batwoman.

In the last few issues we’ve seen Terry go missing (long story), and a new Batwoman steps up to protect Gotham in his stead. Fans and characters alike have been theorizing up and down about who this new heroine could be.

batman beyond #40 (DC Comics) Cover art by Dustin Nguyen
Batman Beyond #40 (DC Comics) Cover art by Dustin Nguyen

Until now they’ve been skirting that revelation. But they’ve made it pretty clear that this is going to be the issue with the big revelation. And I can promise you this – they actually did it! Though, I will not be ruining the surprise, I promise.

Writing

Batman Beyond #40 is an issue we’ve all been looking forward to. Or at least, I know I am. This issue is a dramatic continuation of the plot. It carries both threads along at a steady pace, leaving us eager for more yet highly concerned about where it will lead.

Dan Jurgens did an excellent job of setting the scene in this issue. More than that, they’ve woven together elements from the original TV series into something new and very dangerous. I hadn’t been as invested in Terry’s plot as Batwoman’s, but I can feel that shifting now.

They’ve been dangling a carrot in front of us for what, three issues now? We’ve all been wondering who Batwoman is. I am hesitant to show my reaction here, for the risk of spoilers. I will say that I am surprised, and am a bit curious to get the full explanation behind that twist.

As for the other elements in this issue?

I think they do an excellent job of building up that tension. Bringing up a classic Batman Beyond villain is a good choice, as is reinforcing those ties to the series. It’s adding some additional and much-needed grounding to the series.

Art

Batman Beyond #40 has a lot of flash and fun artwork, just about what you’d expect with the series. The fights are dramatic and daring, perhaps more so than normal, thanks to Batwoman’s flashier looks and style.

It’s no surprise that this is a fun issue to look at, given the creative team involved. Sean Chen was the penciller, with Sean Parsons providing the inks, Chris Sotomayor the colors, and Wes Abbott the letters.

Honestly, there are so many fights and dramatic poses in this issue. It makes for a lot of fun and helps to build up to that dramatic reveal I’ve talked so much about. Alongside that are some truly impressive faces and expressions – especially on the side of the enemy. Those are some appropriately haunting moments.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #40 is an interesting issue. It’s one that I had been very much looking forward to (for fairly obvious reasons, I believe). I don’t quite know how I feel about that big revelation. But I am curious to see where this plot leads.

 


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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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