Quite a while ago, I took a look at Batman Beyond’s 2010 sequel comic. Since then, the comic has been re-launched twice and is now starting off once again. This time the series has been entitled Batman Beyond 2.0 and is being written by fan favorite Kyle Higgins. I have been collecting the previous series in physical form, but haven’t read it in quite a few months. However, on this week’s Fat Man on Batman (a wonderful Batman centric podcast hosted by Kevin Smith which can be heard on Smodcast.com), Kyle Higgins stressed that this new series was a jumping point for new readers or readers who haven’t been keeping up with Terry’s adventures.
Kyle Higgins (along with the help of Scott Snyder) has become one of my favorite writers in comics after the re-launch. Higgins’ run on Nightwing has been a great one; he understands what makes the character great and keeps him involved with the Bat Family just enough, while still keeping Dick an independent character. With that in mind, his appearances on Fat Man on Batman make me like him even more. He is so passionate about his work and has a great understanding of the Bat Universe.
This title, like the previous Batman Beyond series, is digital first. The problem with this is that it must work (a) as a digital issue, (b) the print issue, and (c) the trade. This is no easy task. It is very easy for the story to move at such a quick pace that everything gets out of control and there is no room for it all to breathe. Thankfully, this first issue has those quieter moments while still keeping you interested.
The story takes place a year after the end of the previous series and there’s a lot we still don’t know about what happened between then and now. Higgins said that he wishes to create a feeling of mystery that was present in the Batman Beyond television series. This mystery kept the series interesting and more than paid off in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
But writing is only half of a comic. The art in this book is similar to the style of the Batman Beyond animated series, but not a complete imitation of that. Some panels are a bit wonky (one panel of Dana in particular) but for the most part its pretty good. As a biweekly series, the quality of the art sometimes suffers, but being based on a cartoon, this requires less detail than if you were going for a more realistic looking or heavily detailed series.
I’m really excited to see where this series is going. It’s going to be tough for me to hold out for the physical copies on this one — I might have to buy them digitally. Higgins has this series planned out arcs in advance and his passion for the series shows in the work. If the series remains as consistent as Nightwing has, then we are in for one hell of a ride.