BATMAN BEYOND #8 By Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang
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BATMAN BEYOND has a history of rehashing villains. The dull arc, "Rise of the Deamon", finally picks up and will excite readers for future issues.
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Rehashed Villains, Interesting Twist

Currently, BATMAN BEYOND #8 is about mid-way through the “Rise of the Demon” story arc. Writer Dan Jurgens is still helming the series, along with Bernard Chang as the artist. This arc so far has been a bit unfulfilling. Mostly due to Terry’s obligation of being Batman. We’ve seen the struggle with being a hero and their outside life, but in BATMAN BEYOND #7 we see Terry blow off the Bat-signal, and Bruce’s attempts to get ahold of him. This kind of reaction I would expect from Terry when he was a teenager in high school. In the current series, he’s a bit older and has been wearing the suit for awhile. The understanding of what it means to be the Batman should be crystal clear to him by now.

However, in BATMAN BEYOND #8, the story picks up and gives us a taste of something potentially satisfying. This review does contain spoilers for the issue and the future of the arc.

READ: Want to know what happened in the first story arc of BATMAN BEYOND? Take a look at our review of BATMAN BEYOND #4 to find out!

What a Twist!

BATMAN BEYOND #8 starts off with a vivid full-page splash of Bruce screaming at Terry to get back to the Batcave. Currently, Terry is using a prototype Batsuit that Bruce created at the end of his crimefighting days. As later explained in the issue, the suit is programmed to block all types of pain. It keeps the wearer going, ensuring that the job is completed at all costs. Bruce recalls his final fight with a team called the Banes where he suffered two cracked vertebrae and did not even know until it was all over. Apparently, the A.I. built into the suit takes control of the user’s body. It will be interesting to see how this plays out while Terry’s wearing it.

The issue builds up as Terry approaches the League of Assassins hideout in the Himalayas. He crushes through the wave of assassins to get to their leader. Ra’s Al Ghul was the leader of the League of Assassins and an immortal, due to the restorative waters of the Lazarus Pits. Bruce, knowing Ra’s’ superior fighting skills, takes off in the Batmobile after Terry. In the final moments of the issue, we see Terry confront Ra’s, wearing jackal’s helmet. Through Bruce’s narration over the fight, we learn that Ra’s isn’t who Terry thinks it is. In the final splash page of the book, Ra’s is unmasked to show that it’s actually Damien Wayne!

READ: Want to see how Jurgens writes the Man of Steel? Take a look at our review of ACTION COMICS #976 here!

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BATMAN BEYOND #8 page 21. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Dear Dan

Dan Jurgens has been writing for DC for years now. He has so much work under his belt it would be hard to choose a favorite. Unfortunately, the story for BATMAN BEYOND probably won’t fall under that category. As mentioned before, Terry’s baby attitude with being Batman is a major gripe I have.

By now, Terry should know more about living up to a legacy, or life balance and sacrifices. The cheesy rehashings of classic villains is another thing wrong here. Dan pulled out a four-part team called the Banes in this issue. Can’t we think of something new? Even the first story arc was unsatisfying as well, which was also based on Jokerz. What’s next, the Cats? The Punctuations? Rehashing doesn’t always work, but at least the end of this issue gave us a good twist on Ra’s.

Artistically, this book is beautiful. I’ve always been a fan of the BATMAN BEYOND TV show and any iteration in the comic book medium. Bernard Chang is doing an absolutely great job at this older and even more futuristic version of BB. With the new suit and updated Batmobile design, I’m curious what he’ll think of next when Terry has to trash this suit.

Overall BATMAN BEYOND #8

The BATMAN BEYOND series has shown it’s readers what’s happened to just about every character in the Batman mythos’. Throwing Damien into the mix was a stellar move on Jurgens’ part. The arc finally has some hope of recovering from a dull beginning. Hopefully, we’ll learn just why Damien went against Bruce, and what happened to their relationship. The arc has three more issues in it so we’ll be eagerly awaiting!

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