Comic Review: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #6 (DC Comics)

Everything that Terry has ever trained for, everything that Terry has faced and fought has all built up to this moment. As Neo Gotham falls prey to the artificial intelligence […]

Everything that Terry has ever trained for, everything that Terry has faced and fought has all built up to this moment.

As Neo Gotham falls prey to the artificial intelligence that controls it, Terry has had a rough go as a matured Batman. But now, armed with a plan and allies to take down Lumos, The Sword of Gotham, and the A.I. that controls the city, Terry will forge his own path and redefine his own mythos as Batman in this epic conclusion to Neo Year.

Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing do a great job at placing Terry center stage as the one and only Batman that is experienced and no longer relying on the help of a mentor, where the student has finally become the master, and how it’s displayed throughout the series up to its conclusion is different and satisfying. Terry is not Bruce Wayne, his methods are similar yet different, yet despite these similarities and differences, what he and his mentor have in common is that they are the Batmen of their times, and Terry has truly become his own, adapting to the challenges that were thrown his way.

Whether it’s a living city plotting against him, or other antagonists hunting him down, Terry is displayed as formidable and efficient as he has ever been when unchained from a guide. The writers managed to weave in some of Terry’s cast of allies both new and old, while giving Terry antagonists that are different from his established rogue’s gallery. It’s nice to see the character make decisions that are unique to him, since it distinguishes him from his predecessor which makes the decisions made unpredictable and exciting for the character and story.

Max Dunbar does a fantastic job illustrating the layouts with detailed energy and cyberpunk flair. From redesigning the new suit (which is more akin to the Arkham games interpretation of the Batman Beyond suit) to the action scenes, panel layouts, the whole book looks great, and with Sebastian Cheng’s colors, it only makes the book more captivating to look at. Aditya Bidikar delivers some satisfying lettering, distinguishing the voices of characters throughout the comic, and sound effects that compliment the art. It’s a satisfying conclusion to this series and I recommend adding it to your pull list for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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Anthony Andujar Jr. is an NYC cartoonist and lover of comics and music. So much so that it led him to writing comic book reviews in between it all.