Batman Beyond Neo Year #2 Review

by Wes Greer on May 02, 2022

Writers – Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Art – Max Dunbar
Colors – Sebastian Cheng
Letters – Aditya Bidikar
Publisher – DC Comics

Batman Beyond Neo Year #2 is in shops today and this issue continues the heartfelt and action-packed journey of Terry McGinnis as he has to learn to be Batman all over after losing his mentor, Bruce Wayne and all the crime fighting advancements available to him as the Batcave has been destroyed.  This series is a celebration of everything that made Batman Beyond as loved as it has become, while moving it forward into an all-new generation of exploration and finding oneself, which many of us can relate to.

For this issue, Kelly and Lanzing rely mainly on telling the story through selfself-narration as Terry talks to the ghost of Bruce, almost as if he is journaling to him. There is a lot of emotion that the reader can pick up on and it creates a more personal experience for the reader.

The story begins with Terry having to remove any technological components from the bat suit because the New Gotham is able to track and detect any kind of electronic device, which makes for an even bigger dilemma for Terry as his suit is mostly composed of these devices, which he’s always been able to utilize during his tenure as Batman. This is a great move by the writers, as it opens up the opportunity to really peel Terry back to basics and explore a new venture for this character that readers have never seen before. Kelly and Lanzing do an excellent job executing this as the issue moves forward with Terry having to seek out allies in places and people he would have never thought of before. The pacing of the issue really picks up as Terry ventures out and I was hooked on every panel all the way through to the end, with exciting action sequences and a puzzling cliff hanger that has me wanting to pick up the next issue ASAP!

For the art of the issue, artist Max Dunbar delivers another solid body of work throughout with flawless character designs and stunning line art that blends the classic elements of Batman Beyond with an all-new scope of futuristic elements and world designs that deliver something fresh for readers to enjoy. The coloring of the issue is the cherry on top with vivid brights and brilliant shadows that deliver the feeling of a futuristic city at night that also brings the emotions of it all to life. A dynamic effort by the combined creative art team.

Overall, Batman Beyond Neo Year #2 is a welcome addition to the series with writing that explores this character in ways that celebrate the classic, but brings new and exciting life to him, with an art team that is able to capture these same elements and bring them to life before the readers eyes. This series is truly one of the best adaptations of Batman Beyond we have ever had, and it does not look like its slowing down anytime soon.

Neo Year #2 is available today, so be sure to pick up a copy, or two, from your local comic bookstore or via digital download from your preferred digital retailer.
-Wes Greer

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