October 03, 2015
REVIEW: BATMAN BEYOND (2015) #4
Warning: may contain spoilers.
BATMAN BEYOND #4
Release Date: September 2, 2015
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Art: Bernard Chang
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Brother Eye has hacked Tim Drake’s suit and corrupted A.L.F.R.E.D., allowing Eye to find Neo-Gotham and penetrate the shields around the city. Drake teams-up with Micron, the seemingly only Justice Leaguer (and character from the cartoon series) not under Eye’s control, to repel Eye’s attack. But, with his suit damaged, Barbara Gordon takes him to the one place he can get a replacement: the Batcave.
GRADE: C+. An all-out action issue as Neo-Gotham tries to defend itself from Eye’s invasion. There wasn’t much to Dan Jurgens’ story beyond that and finding a way to introduce Jim Gordon’s Batman armor into the Beyond-verse to continue to re-establish the new status quo and further distance it from the cartoon. Bernard Chang’s artwork was inconsistent in this issue, appearing highly detailed on some pages but sketchy on others; particularly in wider battle shots. Marcelo Maiolo’s unique coloring style continues to be the standout feature of the book with his tendency to emphasize certain panels with just two tones (three for one including Inque).
As part of Green Lantern’s 75th Anniversary celebration, this issue came with an alternate cover depicting a Green Lantern. This one happens to be the one featured in the Batman Beyond cartoon and subsequent works, Kai-Ro.
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