Batman Beyond volume 2 #10
DC Comics (August, 2000)
WRITER: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILER: Craig Rosseau
INKER: Rob Leigh
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: Joseph Illidge
The McGinnis’ friend Sam and his son Morgan have a playdate with Matt. Morgan is trapped in his own mind but Sam has been trying to reach him, using a robot built from scrap he found at his job to build a robot that reacts to the boy’s mind. When non-scrap parts go missing Sam is immediately accused due to his criminal record, and social services takes Morgan away. Some of those parts belong to the Golem, which some lazy jerk just tossed out among the scrap pieces Sam unknowingly used to make Morgan’s robot and the Golem is now doing Morgan’s bidding and trying to reunite them. Batman figures out the problem and now Sam knows Morgan is in there and hopes to reach him, while Morgan just wants to be with “papa”.
What they got right: This would have been a great episode of the show. It has action, heart, a mystery, and great characters. Who says you can’t bring about good characters in a short period or tell a complete story. There’s also a cute nod to Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. It’s also a good reuse of the Golem, with Willy Watt only there because he was tied to the Golem. He doesn’t factor into the story at all otherwise, and that makes Morgan’s controlling of it better for the story.
What they got wrong: Wow, did the cops and social worker come off as uncaring jerks. So much could have been avoided if they had just listened him and tried to keep thinks calm. Instead they attack the guy twice. Granted his panicking didn’t help and I have to wonder (because in today’s comics I know for a fact they would do this whether it made sense or not–see also that unnecessary scene in the Black Lightning pilot where Jeff is beat up by cops for absolutely no reason whatsoever) if his being black was a factor in the writer’s mind or if she was just sure the cops would come down hard on him because he’s a former criminal despite no real evidence pointing to him beyond that. Either way the cops were bullies and the social worker a bitch.
Recommendation: A real good story. Worth tracking down.