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Batman Beyond #44
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Pencils: Sean Chen
Inks: Sean Parsons
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: T
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 23rd, 2020
Batman Beyond #44 continues the Eradication Agenda plot arc, with an old ally of Bruce coming back to the forefront, as well as his enemies.
An Old Enemy Takes New Form in Batman Beyond #44
There have been a lot of changes going on within Gotham, especially for the caped crusaders. Batman Beyond #44 brings all of those changes home while setting up for more on the way. It’s clear that, in some ways, this series is coming back to roots. The roots of the original Batman, that is, with old favorites once again making appearances and finding ways into the life of Batman (Terry). It’s interesting to see how everything fits together, even while being unsure how long it will last.
All of that almost feels secondary to the main plot, which also brings an old enemy to the forefront once again. This enemy is not like any other that Terry has fought thus far, and will surely challenge him in completely unexpected ways.
“The Eradication Agenda” continues in Batman Beyond #44, bringing classic Batman characters (with a twist) back onto the pages. Written by Dan Jurgens, this issue isn’t afraid to show us a different side of Gotham.
Everything feels like it’s coming together in this issue, with the core plot taking dominance, all while the subplots begin to merge. It shows how long Jurgens has been planning this moment, though it still feels like there will be another issue or two before it all truly comes together.
It’s interesting, seeing this juxtaposition between the past and all of the newness within this series. There have been a lot of changes, forcing Batman to adapt as well. Likewise, a lot of faces from the past seem to keep cropping up. It’s an unexpected fusion, but thus far, it has been interesting.
Honestly, I can see fans going a couple of different directions with this plot arc. Either they’re going to love it, or they’re not going to be thrilled about some of the characters that have made an appearance. Personally, I’m willing to see where it leads.
The artwork inside Batman Beyond #44 is vibrant and alive. It really feels like a futuristic city—one as full of tech as it is of potential villains. The bright colors lend well to the style itself, and the characters within.
Sean Chen (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Chris Sotomayor (colors), and Travis Lanham (letters) all worked together to bring this issue to life. There certainly is plenty to take note of: intriguing-looking villains, giant beasts, and a technological fort, just to name a few.
This issue felt more detailed and textured than ever. There isn’t a single panel that was left feeling plain, and it shows. All of it adds a sense of drama, motion, or environment. The colors work to enhance that look all the more.
Batman Beyond #44 is an interesting read. Though, I’ll confess that “The Eradication Agenda” has brought about many changes and elements that I didn’t expect. Therefore, I can’t possibly predict what is going to happen next, for good or for ill.
One thing is certain: this series has been taking a lot of risks as of late, adding new changes, changing others, and bringing back both classic antagonists and allies. In some ways, that helps it feel like the original series fans fell in love with. In other ways, it feels new and shiny.
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