Batman Beyond #5
DC Comics (July, 1999)
“Mummy, Oh! And Juliet”
WRITER: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILER: Joe Staton
INKER: Terry Beatty
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Joseph Illidge
EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
The Gotham Museum just received a pair of mummies who married just before they died. (Obviously they weren’t mummies at the time.) Separated because his parents (and maybe hers) did not accept their marriage, their proximity and one dumb kid making contact with the Prince’s mummy causes it to come to life, mistaking Dana for his beloved. As Terry is trying to make up with Dana because of the time he spends working for Bruce, Batman must convince the mummy that Dana is not his bride but her mummy is here. She is revived just long enough for them to have a reunion, and the museum agrees to display them together. Meanwhile, Dana decides Terry is worth staying with, even if he does work so much.
What they got right: The writers have a bad habit of having Terry and Dana split up to have Terry date other women and I’ve never liked that. It just happens too often, like more than once in the three or four seasons of the show. As these stories go, however, this is a pretty decent one. The paranormal isn’t unusual by the way. The last issue featured Etrigan, who appeared on the show, and I didn’t get that issue because I don’t really like the Demon. It’s used pretty well here, with the story of young lovers kept apart by disagreeing parents even in death.
What they got wrong: However, the “you look just like my dead lover even though you’re not and now I will stalk you until you remember” plot has been done so often I think we need to retire it for a while.
Recommendation: A pretty good story. Worth checking out.