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Review – Batman Beyond #41 (DC Comics)

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Batman Beyond #41

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencils: Sean Chen
Inks: Sean Parsons
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: February 26th, 2020

Batman Beyond #41 brings together many famous and beloved classic characters in order to continue this twisted and complex plot.

 

Vendettas and Determination in Batman Beyond #41

Batman Beyond has been taking some risks in recent issues. First, they dramatically altered everything that Terry could remember. Then, they introduced a modern (or rather, futuristic) version of Batwoman. In Batman Beyond #41 this dramatic plot continues, with even more twists to be found.

This recent run of Batman Beyond has been working really hard to blend the old and the new. We have classic Batman villains and elements clashing with the futuristic world that Terry McGinnis lives in. On the whole, I’ve very much been appreciating all of the effort put into finding that balance. The animated series drew in so many new fans, yet it’s interesting to see how villains and concepts would carry over, especially given how much time has passed.

Writing

Batman Beyond #41 (DC Comics) main cover by Dustin Nguyen
Batman Beyond #41 (DC Comics) main cover by Dustin Nguyen

Batman Beyond #41 was written by Dan Jurgens, and it feels like we’re nearing the end of the most recent arc. Many of the loose threads have been wrapped up in this issue. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that they’ve been integrated together, with one solid direction for moving forward.

In many ways, it felt like this issue went back to the roots of Batman Beyond. The characters in this plot are directly connected to events of Terry’s past—elements that made him the hero he is today. In other ways, you can clearly see how much the series has changed over time.

There were some interesting hat-tips to fans of classic series such as Nightwing and Batgirl, a fact that I very much appreciated. It also fits in nicely with the whole Batwoman twist they’ve thrown into the mix, so it felt right.

On that note, it still feels like there are some lingering questions still in the air. While we know who Batwoman is now, we don’t yet know her reasons for taking on the mantle. Nor do we yet know if this will become a permanent part of the series. Only time will tell, I suppose.

Art

Batman Beyond #41 is an issue full of dramatic moments and action-filled sequences. There was less fighting than expected—but it also seems like that will be a dominant part of the next issue. The same team stayed on for this issue, which included Sean Chen (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Chris Sotomayor (colorist), and Travis Lanham (lettering).

I’ll confess that there was one moment that I personally found to be jarring here. There was a scene where we witnessed the new Batwoman suiting up, and it was made very clear that she was wearing nothing under the suit. That doesn’t seem…practical, or comfortable.

A highlight of this issue would be the focus on expressions and reactions. This was an issue with a lot of dialogue and revelations, so being able to see how characters took in all of the news felt more vital than ever.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #41 has continued to build the tension, with one of the leading villains having more reason than ever to go on a rampage. Simultaneously, the series has started to wrap up several subplots, meaning that a dramatic moment is likely due in the near future, as everything comes together with explosive force.

Personally, I’m really curious to see how far they’ll push the Batwoman plot arc. Will she become a permanent feature of the series? Or will she retire from her short reign? It would almost be interesting to see a new series launched for her, though, realistically, I don’t see that happening (which is a shame).


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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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