Comic Review: Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #5 (DC Comics)

Neo-Gotham has turned its back on Terry McGinnis and has aligned itself with Sword. Due to being caught in the crossfire and injured, Officer Boonma’s life is hanging by a […]

Neo-Gotham has turned its back on Terry McGinnis and has aligned itself with Sword.

Due to being caught in the crossfire and injured, Officer Boonma’s life is hanging by a thread. Desperate and lacking resources, Terry must turn to a familiar foe to aid him in saving Officer Boonman’s life and possibly saving Neo-Gotham in the process.

This issue is more introspective and is probably the one issue in the series thus far that has little to no action. Despite this, what the issue lacks in action, it makes up for it with character moments that lend itself to the growing development of Terry Mcguiness as a Batman post-Bruce Wayne’s passing. Seeing Terry struggle with his journey as Batman, having to make decisions without his mentor’s guidance is relatable to anyone that grows up and has to fend for their own. Seeing Neo-Gotham become an antagonist and shifting its way around Terry as he tries to navigate his way through the treacherous plans of Mr. Lumos, and Sword is compelling to read.

Max Dunbar maintains a consistent level of quality in regard to the artwork of this issue. His linework and choice of panel layouts lend itself to the writing wonderfully, providing the book with the kind of cyberpunk edge that has always been fitting to the world of Batman Beyond. Coupled with Romulo Fajardo jr’s color work, it is coated in cyberpunk beauty that syncs perfectly with Dunbar’s layouts and Aditya Bidikar’s expertly placed lettering. This is a good issue that gives the reader more time to connect with Terry and his current predicament and is worth picking up for new comic book day.

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