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Review – Batman Beyond #45 (DC Comics)

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Batman Beyond #45

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Paul Pelletier
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Maturity Rating: T
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 21st, 2020

Batman Beyond #45 is about to throw Terry into a danger like he’s never faced before—but he won’t have to do it alone.

 

Joining Forces in Batman Beyond #45

While the world may be changing, there are several constants fans can count on, even in the far future of Batman Beyond. In Batman Beyond #45, old favorites are coming out of the woodwork to join forces.

The League of Assassins is still around, even after all these years. Worse, they have high-and-mighty plans—plans that kicked off when they betrayed their leader. Now, Terry and his allies are going to have to find a way to save the day once again.

Writing

Batman Beyond #45 (DC Comics) variant cover by Francis Manapul
Batman Beyond #45 (DC Comics) variant cover by Francis Manapul

“The Eradication Agenda” continues in Batman Beyond #45. Written by Dan Jurgens, this is an issue that brings so many classic Batman elements to the forefront. Once again, we’re facing a version of Batman Beyond that encourages the infusion of classic elements (and characters).

This is was interesting, and refreshing, for several surprising reasons. Several plots have been building up for a while now (namely Batwoman, the League of Assassins, etc.), and it all comes to a head here…Or sets up for an even bigger moment later.

It’s an epic event, by almost every standard—and that’s taking into account everything else that Terry has gone through in the past. It’s a plot that puts more than just Gotham in grave danger, and only time will tell how the new allies resolve it.

I’m going to be honest with you right here. This is not an issue for everyone. It’s bringing back classic characters, or new versions of them. That’s going to create a lot of love, and a lot of hate, depending on how you feel about it. So consider yourself warned there.

Overall, this was another fascinating addition to the collection. In a way, it makes sense that the threats in Batman Beyond are getting larger than ever. After all, he now has a variety of allies whom he can lean on.

Art

Batman Beyond #45 is an issue that is literally packed to the brim with visual cues and details. Every page, every panel, is full of color and details, and overall making sure that there’s always something going on.

Together, Paul Pelletier (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Chris Sotomayor (colors), and Travis Lanham (letters) created something that was full of action—but not busy. That’s an incredibly hard line to balance, but it was done here.

This issue featured things such as classic characters coming to the forefront (again), other characters getting a redesign, and so much more. Each character seemed to get a moment, which was very much appreciated.

Conclusion

Batman Beyond #45 was an interesting issue, one that brought about many changes, as well as no shortage of risks. It’s going to be one of those plots that pushes Terry, alongside his allies, to the extreme, for good, or for ill.

My biggest regret about this issue? Or rather, the plot arc as a whole? It has a distinct lack of one of my favorite characters. One that I thought would be getting a bigger role, based on her involvement a few arcs ago. Oh well; if that’s my biggest complaint then things could be worse.

Who’s feeling up for placing guesses on how extreme this event is going to get before it’s finally resolved? And what will the costs be, for that matter?

 


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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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