Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Bernard Chang
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
A Break for the Bat
Terry McGinnis decides, enough is enough, and wants to take a momentary break from being Batman. He’s a young man and deserves a life outside of being a hero. This choice costs him a clear conscience, as Commissioner Barbra takes a hard hit in the absence of the Bat. Fueled with internal guilt, Terry flees to the scene and puts down the dirty dogs. Bruce tries to warn him about the suit Terry’s wearing. Before he can Terry discovers an awful truth… a beast that everyone thought was dead is very much alive.
Jurgens isn’t leaving anyone behind in this futuristic story. Joker is alive, Bruce is alive, and now Ra’s Al Ghul has showed his presence once more. As cool as it is to see our favorite heroes and villains alive and very very old, it seems like an easy cop out. I may be the only one to feel this way, but I want some new threats and new iconic characters to be discovered. Considering this, It’s still a good and exciting story. I like that Terry is struggling with his two identities more than any Bat before him.
I love the art in this book. The sharp lines and vibrant colors paint the futuristic setting really well. Chang does a fantastic job with throwing the reader into the future and embodies what a book like this should look like.
A stand alone story that can carve any plot it so wishes. This book, not exactly being in the same continuity as the others, brings an element of mystery to the story. Now with some iconic characters back in play, we get to go inside Dan’s imagination of what happened over the last couple decades.
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Ariel DuPey | NCR