Batman Beyond volume 2 #12
DC Comics (October, 2000)
WRITER: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILER: Craig Rousseau
INKER: Rob Leigh
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Frank Berrios
EDITOR: Joseph Illidge
Carter Wilson takes part in a radical therapy to expel his criminal tendencies from his time as Terminal, and Carter even helps Batman stop a juvi riot. This gets him an early parole but the branch of Jokerz he used to be in charge of aren’t ready to give him up. They kidnap Max, whom Carter made peace with along with Terry, and the therapist because Terminal wants to kill them in order to kill his Carter side. (I’m guessing the therapy didn’t work out as planned.) Batman is able to rescue them with help from Carter’s good side, but back in I’m just going to assume Arkham Carter still has his split personality.
What they got right: While I’m admittedly iffy on Terry needing his own Two-Face the story is really quite good. It is an idea that could have kept Terminal from being a one-shot villain, a kid lashing out at his perfectionist mother by creating a villain identity and leading his own Jokerz group. I like how Terry and even Max forgive him and want to see the reform stick.
What they got wrong: How did Terminal know Batman was behind him? Was he not using his camouflage mode? If not Terry really needs to work on his stealth skills. If he was (and we don’t really see one way or another) he shouldn’t have know Batman was there.
Recommendation: This was a really good Batman Beyond story and it’s too bad we probably won’t see Terminal again. Worth checking out.