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Steve Ray Archives Vol XI - Review: Batman Beyond #8
“Rise Of The Demon,” Part 3
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Bernard Chang
Review by Steve J. Ray After seeing the stellar preview of this book last weekend, I was really excited when the complete issue came into our possession.
The first two instalments of Rise Of The Demon dropped us right into the action from the get go, so this chapter was greatly anticipated. I’m very happy to report that it doesn’t disappoint.
At the end of issue #7 the future Batman had just fought off an army of demonised ninjas, alongside Curare and Commissioner (Babs) Gordon. The victory, however, was short-lived as Curare dropped the bombshell that Ra’s Al Ghul – long believed to be dead – was back on the scene.
Terry and Bruce had only just returned when The League attacked, as if the re-emergence of Batman provoked their resurgence. The Bat-Suit that Terry was wearing was grabbed from the cave last-minute, and wasn’t the one he’d worn before.
I love it when a different kind of threat presents itself. We’re all used to seeing our heroes fight baddies and monsters and ninjas. When the main protagonist has all the above to deal with, relationships to rekindle and a prototype costume that could actually be killing him thrown in, the tension is brought to boiling point.
Bruce and the rest of Terry’s team are all clamouring for him to get out of the prototype Bat-Suit, but an attack by Ra’s right-hand henchman Koru, puts paid to that idea.
Throughout this storyline the assassins, and now Koru, mock and disrespect Terry McGinnis. They call him pretender and do not accept him as Batman, saying that he is not worthy of the mantle. It seems that the resurgence of Ra’s Al Ghul and The League Of Assassins was no coincidence; it was timed for Ra’s to face Terry man to man. When the two antagonists finally come to blows the ending is a total knockout.
This month’s instalment of Batman Beyond delivers in every way possible. Fantastic writing and art, action, thrills and surprises. We get a look into Bruce’s past and a shocking glimpse of the future. When I say that Ra’s Al Ghul isn’t the man he used to be, I’m really not kidding! The cliff-hanger ending to this episode will grab Batman fans’ attention and change the landscape of this series going forward. Excellent stuff.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on May 25th 2017)
FINALLY! Well readers, Spoiler season has begun. Wizards teased us so heavily on the 19th with Vona's Hunger, but now we've finally seen the first of what Rivals of Ixalan has to offer. River Darter is, I think, intended for Draft, along the same lineage as Audacious Infiltrator. Thrashing Brontodon is also very good in Limited, being able to pop Pious Interdictions or Ixalan's Bindings, but may even see sideboard play in Dinosaur decks in Constructed to remove Cast Out, God Pharaoh's Gift or Gearhulks.
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Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …