After last month’s shocking revelations in “Batman Beyond Universe” #13, (beware, spoilers are coming), we see how far Bruce Wayne has been willing to go to be in control of those around him.
Not only did he reveal to Dick Grayson (former Robin who operated as Nightwing) that he had dated Dick’s ex-girlfriend, Barbara Gordon (former Batgirl), but that she was also pregnant with Bruce’s baby. Bruce made those revelations against Barbara’s wishes and only because she and Dick had begun dating again.
That was very low, Bruce.
For all the good Bruce did as The Dark Knight, he tore apart the lives of his trusted partners, people who were willing to lay down their lives to follow him on his quest for justice.
Now, Terry McGinnis a.k.a. Batman Beyond is learning more about the dark secrets and control issues Bruce has. But, Terry is a lot bolder than Bruce’s former partners and isn’t afraid to tell Bruce to back off and get out of his way.
That’s why I loved this month’s “Batman Beyond Universe” #14, which was released in print Wednesday. The issue, entitled “Mark of the Phantasm Part 2: Starcrossed” was written by Alec Siegel and Kyle Higgins. Art was drawn by Thony Silas and Phil Hester while the cover art was done by Matteo Scalera.
We’ve learned last month that the hero Vigilante (Jake Chill) is the great grandnephew of Joe Chill, the man who killed Bruce’s parents, the event that created the original Batman. Turns out, Jake Chill killed Terry’s father, thus creating Batman Beyond. It also seems Bruce knew about Jake’s involvement in Terry’s dad’s death all along.
I loved seeing Andrea “The Phantasm” Beaumont again and her interaction with Bruce. She’s still righting wrongs in her “angel of death” way, but still has a soft spot for Bruce.
It’s nice to see the connected universe of “Batman: The Animated Series”, “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” movie, “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” are in intact and going strong.
The Jokerz are back and in full effect, especially Ghoul, who seems to be just as gifted in chemistry as The Joker and The Scarecrow were. Can’t wait to see what Ghoul has in store for supervillianess Inque.
Other highlights included Terry’s conflicted feelings concerning Jake’s fate, Andrea’s visit with Amanda Waller and Terry’s touching visit with his very much alive father in the Justice Lords timeline.
Like the animated series, I love the Batman Beyond universe and the comic books that elaborate so well on it.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.