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Steve Ray Archives XIV - Review: Batman Beyond #10
“Rise Of The Demon,” Part Five
Writing: Dan Jurgens
Art: Bernard Chang & Marcelo Maiolo
Review by Steve J. Ray Batman’s sons are in the fight of their lives. Can Bruce Wayne stop them from destroying each other? At the end of Batman Beyond #9 Damian Wayne was set to land the killing blow in Terry McGinnis, “Rise Of The Demon,” Part Five picks up the action from exactly where we left off.
I love the way that Dan Jurgens connects everything from this possible future, to the continuity of today. His Damian Wayne is definitely the same character created by Grant Morrison, and developed by a host of DC Comics’ finest writers and artists. Seeing this version of Damian harks back to his original persona, and also makes us, as readers, fear for the fate of the heroic Robin of today.
The murderous Boy Wonder, heir of Ra’s Al Ghul, may not be gone, after all.
As always, the art of Bernard Chang is gorgeous. Even though Terry is fully masked as Batman, the rage in his eyes is clearly apparent. The concern in the face of Bruce Wayne and the contempt in Damian’s stare are also powerful and beautifully delineated. The fact that Mr. Chang produces pencils and inks of this calibre, month after month and issue after issue is truly impressive. The marriage of his art with the color work from Marcelo Maiolo is just that, a perfect union of rhythm and hues.
The issue brings a lot to the table in terms of content, action and surprises. Damian Wayne – the man – is a force of nature; a leader, a warrior and the consummate martial artist. I read the issue truly fearful that this was a fight that Batman could not hope to win. Seeing Damian’s future and learning what could be the final fate of the original Ra’s Al Ghul, also made for great reading.
Terry’s struggles will only get harder, going forward. Every time Damian knocks him down, we are all left wondering whether it’s force of will, heroic spirit, or the A.I. in the Batman armor that is picking him back up.
“Rise Of The Demon,” Part Five is a total roller-coaster ride of an issue. The tension rides through every page and leads to a conclusion that definitely has me on tenterhooks for the next instalment. Four weeks can’t go by fast enough.
Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment.
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on July 28th 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.
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, …
The wind has not left our sails as we continue on with Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers. A cycle of tutors, a flying pirate with a shrink ray, and Jace overcoming his amnesia are on order for today, let's have a look. Well then. If I remember right, the premier Aggro deck of the format played a one mana 2/1 before rotation just because it was a one mana 2/1. Colour shift it, and give it the potential for flying (which isn't hard for the Vampire deck to do) and this thing is going to see play as the other one drop (other than Legion's Landing) for the Vampire deck. Even the flavour text is a joke towards how pushed it seems! Another key piece shown today might be all the pieces Vampires needs. Having something on the same spot on the curve and mana cost Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding but adds to the tribal synergy overall is very needed in a tribal deck. The second line, isn't strictly needed (it's safer to keep this guy out of the red zone) but giving i…