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Batman Beyond #42

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Sean Chen
Inker: Sean Parsons
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: March 25th, 2020

Batman Beyond #42 wraps up the “First Flight” plot arc in the most dramatic of fashions, bringing two heroes up against a classic antagonist.

 

How It’ll Take Two Heroes To Save the Day In Batman Beyond #42

If you’ve been following along, then you already know what sort of whirlwind adventure is in store in Batman Beyond #42. Villains have come back from the grave, fan favorites have made new appearances, and new heroes have stepped up to the plate. And that’s only scratching the surface.

Batman Beyond #42 (DC Comics) main cover by Dustin Nguyen
Batman Beyond #42 (DC Comics) main cover by Dustin Nguyen

The truth of the matter is that the latest run of Batman Beyond has been going above and beyond (see what I did there?) in trying to honor the classics while forging forward. It’s been a fascinating blend of the new and the old. Those changes seem to be rolling forward, though fans can really only begin to guess at how long they’ll last. Or how major the impact of those changes will be, for that matter. Who knows, maybe there will be a spin-off in the future?

Writing

Batman Beyond #42 concludes the “First Flight” plot arc, which was a fairly dramatic one. Then again, given all of the buildup that has been put into this moment, that probably isn’t terribly shocking. What is surprising is how the events themselves unfolded.

In previous reviews, I mentioned the appearance of a new hero—picking up a classic mantle in the process. It’s been fun seeing Batwoman (well, a Batwoman, not the Batwoman) running around in a futuristic setting. I’ll confess that I have no idea how long this new Batwoman will stick around, but I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea of her becoming a permanent fixture.

Back to the subject at hand: the conclusion of this arc. This is an issue that took all of that tension and buildup and then just ran with it. You can tell that this is a moment that Dan Jurgens has been waiting for.

It’s a fast-paced read, with so much happening on the pages that it’s almost difficult to keep up with. Satisfyingly, all of the major elements have been wrapped up, while leaving a little bit of room to continue on, should it be so desired. That’s expected of comics, I know. But it’s a challenge easier said than done. I think the right balance was found here.

Art

Batman Beyond #42 was an issue full to the brim of action sequences, dramatic poses, and sudden reveals. It was a lot for the creative team to keep up with, but they did a solid job of it. The fights on these pages were vibrant and dramatic, as they should be.

Sean Chen (pencils) and Sean Parsons (inks) worked together to create some spectacular fight scenes. We’re talking multiple bodies (current, retired, and future heroes) running around in a tight space, all while an antagonist is creating as much mayhem as possible. It’s a lot to take in, and even more to portray.

Chris Sotomayor was in charge of colors, and it was their work that took this issue to a whole new level. The color palette for our heroes popped off the pages, especially in contrast to the colors used by the villain. Speaking of, that alarming shade of green was perfect—it immediately reads as a dangerous substance and, thus, is perfect.

Finally, Travis Lanham was the letterer for this issue, and they brought everything together with their work. Your eyes follow a specific pattern, thanks to the layout here. There are also some extra details, mostly pertaining to the antagonist, that worked really well.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #42 was a spectacular conclusion to a new plot arc. I don’t know how large the impact will be from this arc, but I’m looking forward to finding out. This has truly been a merger of the old and the new, and that has made it all the more interesting.


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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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