Batman Beyond vol. 2 #6
DC Comics (April, 2000)
“Most Dangerous Island”
WRITER: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILER: Craig Rosseau
INKER: Rob Leigh
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
Howard brings Terry, Dana, and Max to an island for a little camping. Unfortunately they chose the wrong island because Stalker has turned it into a hunting paradise for himself, splicing animals with dinosaur DNA to create dino-mammal hybrids to hunt. Terry’s friends fall into one of Stalker’s trap and the only way Stalker will set them free is if Batman joins him in a hunt. While Batman only captures animals Stalker outright kills them, the collected animals becoming bait for a T-Rex/hippo hybrid Stalker wants to actually hunt. Batman ends up being the one to take it and Stalker down, getting a ride back home. In a helicopter, not on…never mind.
What they got right: I like some of the designs of the dino-mammals while others I’m neutral on. The idea that Stalker would create such things and that Terry/Batman would have to deal with them is a good story idea.
What they got wrong: While I know it’s out of necessity I still have to remark that the story feels short, but only because we get to see two of Batman’s captures and I would have liked to have seen more. Maybe if this were a full episode, since I don’t think there’s enough here for a two-part comic. As to how Stalker got dino DNA? It’s comics.
Recommendation: A rather fun story. Give it a read.