Batman Beyond 2.0 #1
DC Comics (uploaded to comiXology August 3, 2013)
“Rewired” part 1 of 8
WRITER: Kyle Higgins
ARTIST: Thony Silas
COLORIST: Andrew Elder
COVER ART: Sean Murphy & Jordan Bellaire
LETTERER: Saida Temofonte
EDITOR: Alex Antone
Time has passed since the TV show or whatever continuity this digital-exclusive comic is set in. Terry is now in college and Dick Grayson has taken over for Bruce as his mentor. After dealing with a group of Man-Bats, Terry runs into Dana, whom he’s again broken up with, before learning that the mayor died of a heart attack in the middle of the new Arkham Institute. I hope they have better security than the old asylum, but given even the doctor is questioning his death right in front of a group of inmates and suggesting Batman be brought in that’s up for debate.
What they got right: I’m not against advancing Terry out of high school and giving him a bit more autonomy. We also get confirmation that there is a difference between the Man-Bat formula and splicers. If for some reason Bruce can’t be Terry’s mentor than Dick would be a good choice, as long as it isn’t clone Dick. (Read my reviews of Adam Beechan’s Batman Beyond miniseries, and the articles going over all the failings of said miniseries, for more on that.)
What they got wrong: If this is set in the DCAU and not one of the DC Multiverse’s interpretations of that continuity I wish the art had matched the show. Luckily it’s good art so if it’s in one of the pseudo-DCAU universes that’s fine. However, why do Terry and Dana need to be broken up? This happened too often in the show as well, trying to give Terry alternate choices like Ten/Melanie or that one psychic girl who ended up having a boyfriend. Terry does not have to be Bruce when it comes to relationships. It’s the reunion movie nonsense of “let’s redo the lovers getting back together” story and I’m not a fan of it. Just let them still be a couple. Also, we have Man-Bat, another of BRUCE’S enemies. Why do so many Batman Beyond writers past the show want to focus on Bruce’s enemies instead of Terry’s? There’s a reason Mr. Freeze, Bane, and the Joker were only one-time appearances or references for continuity’s sake while Terry had a strong rogues gallery of his own. The comics seem to want to only use Bruce’s gallery.
Recommendation: A good start. It might be worth looking up. It’s better than what DC has currently done with the series.