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Review: Batman Beyond #29
By Philip Schweier
Feb 27, 2019 - 8:19

DC Comics
Writer(s): Dan Jurgens
Penciller(s): Brett Booth
Inker(s): Norm Rapmund
Colourist(s): Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer(s): Travis Lanham
Cover Artist(s): Pasqual Ferry, Dave McCaig; Shawn Martinbrough, Andre Szmanowicz



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The original Joker is back, and ready to capitalize on his past triumphs. That would include beating the newest Robin with a crow bar. Of course, neither Bruce nor Terry is likely to let that happen. Trouble is, they can’t seem to locate where the Joker has taken the new Robin.

 

Bruce is surprisingly emotional as he recognizes the danger Matt is in, and perhaps now regrets setting the boy up to be Robin Beyond (as well he should). The days of the kid sidekicks is over, and nobody should know that better than Batman, who has lost too many Robins to the never-ending battle for truth, Justice and the American way.

 

Jurgens has resurrected the Joker for one last outing (presumably), and spins a tale well suited for this latter-day legend of the Dark Knight. Thankfully, it’s a tale with a clear beginning, middle and end, without some vague conclusion that then dovetails directly into the next adventure.

 

As always, the artwork from Booth and Rapmund is superb, and offers a stylized vision of the future that matches what we’ve seen already, but offers a different texture, of sorts. It’s got a little bit of the line work I remember from Jim Lee’s X-Men days, an era which has thankfully passed. But Booth and Rapmund are able to freshen the style somewhat, by not over-playing it.

 

Rating:8/10

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