Batman Beyond #1
DC Comics (November, 1999)
WRITER: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILER: Craig Rosseau
INKER: Rob Leigh
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Joseph Illidge
EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
Terry’s activities as Batman has put his chores at home on the back burner. Not aware than her son is busy defending Gotham City, his mom grounds him, including no TV and time away from his job. This is just as Spellbinder puts a subliminal message in the TV signal for Batman. But since that’s how Bruce thinks of himself he gets the mind-control, his vision showing Terry taking the Batsuit and Batmobile and going on a rampage. He puts on his old costume to go after him, but Terry gets a visual “whiff” of the signal before Matt’s new camera snaps him out of it. Terry races to restore his old mentor and the two both come up with a plan to stop Spellbinder and smooth things over with Terry’s mom.
What they got right: Both Terry’s life as Batman interfering with his normal life and Bruce seeing himself as “Batman”, not “Bruce Wayne” both factor into this story. And it does both story elements well. The art is also in-line with the show. And we get Batman versus Batman, highlighting Bruce’s take versus Terry’s.
What they got wrong: Spellbinder isn’t immune to his own mental illusions? That seems to be a flaw in his design.
Recommendation: A good Batman story, future and modern-day. Worth checking out.