Batman Beyond volume 2 #9
DC Comics (July, 2000)
“The Last Of Her Kind”
WRITERS: Hilary J. Bader & Rich Fogel
PENCILER: Craig Rosseau
INKER: Rob Leigh
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: Joseph Illidge
Batman foils an assassination, and the assassin (who surrenders after losing a scimitar) is killed by his peers. While this is an MO of the League Of Assassins, Terry and Bruce already shut them down. This is a new guild created by Curare, who sends a new assassin after the target but after Batman gets to her first and learns who hired the assassins, the killer goes to make sure the client keeps his trap shut. Batman gets there about the same time and manages to track him back to Curare and her guild. He manages to defeat Curare, who by her own rules will have to defeat Batman to win them back. Considering her track record with Batman, don’t bother waiting up for her.
What they got right: The writers come up with a fresh way to use Curare and a replacement for the League Of Assassins. This is why it saddens me on the occasions I do learn what the current DCU incarnation of Batman Beyond is doing I find none of Terry’s villains (or Terry himself) seeing any use. All the focus is on Batman and his cast, just in the future.
What they got wrong: I guess once you get in it’s okay to be arrested since they don’t put Curare to death but plan to wait for her to return and restore face or something. It’s just the training novices who can’t speak, must use her weapon rather than ones that suit them, and are killed for failing or speaking before their final exam target is killed. Otherwise there’s some inconsistency here just to keep her around in case the show wants to do something with her.
Recommendation: A good story that’s worth checking out for Beyond fans, or at least the DCAU show fans.
And don’t forget that the DCAU comic reviews will be taking over the Monday slot since the DC comics are all caught up. Saturday will be me finally catching up on my comiXology library and then we’ll see what happens next.