Batman Beyond Rebirth #1,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
(W) Dan Jurgens
(A/CA) Ryan Sook
Six months have passed since the events of BATMAN BEYOND #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?
Date Available: 09/28/2016
It's been terribly easy to get readers to try out books from DC's Rebirth books. First (on whole) they've been great. That's never going to hurt. Second, the ongoing titles all had a special to introduce (or reintroduce) who those characters are at their core. They've been self contained stories, 'done in one' in the classic fashion.
Batman Beyond breaks from that. It has the first part down pat. As written by Dan Jurgens, there's a fine re-cap of Terry McGuinness' time in the bat suit. The art by Ryan Sook is dark and gorgeous. He's got clean lines and a good cartoonist's eye for making things look the way they should that's more impressionistic than it seems on the surface. A lot of what's there is being filled in by the reader-check out his minimalist backgrounds in Terry's apartment for a good example of this.
So where's the beef then? It's not a beef, its a breaking of the mold when the mold is brand new. This issue has a cliffhanger, full and true, that Mark Hamill fans will be excited for. That's probably saying too much, but its exactly while we'll all be back when #1 comes out. This experiment is working wonderfully for DC. I guess I'm just feeling nostalgic for June of 2016 when you could get a cup of coffee, a newsreel, and a full comic story all for 2.99.
I give it 8 out of 10 Grahams