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Review: Batman Beyond #12
Writers: Vita Ayala & Steve Orlando
Artists: Siya Oum, Dexter Vines & Tony Aviña
Review by Steve J. Ray Holy futuristic interlude, Batman! The ladies have taken over the comic-book… and how! Welcome to Batman Batwomen Beyond.
With both Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne in far off Nanda Parbat, recovering from the epic “Rise Of The Demon”, protecting the citizens of Neo Gotham falls to the new Dynamic Duo of Batgirl and Max.
The future Batgirl, known only as Nissa, began her crimefighting career at the tender age of 15, back in Batman Beyond (vol. 1) #27 (July 2013). She also starred in the 3 issue story “Batgirl Beyond” (Batman Beyond Unlimited #18) and in the Batman Beyond: Batgirl Beyond trade paperback (collecting Batman Beyond #19-29 – digital chapters – and Batman Beyond #1-2). She was created by writer Scott Peterson and artist Annie Wu.
Little else is known about Nissa, other than that she is clearly a force for good, and has the approval of Barbara Gordon.
Writers Vita Ayala and Steve Orlando have carved a little self-contained gem this month. They portray Max and Nissa as strong, capable women who make a great crime-fighting team. The story stands up well on its own, and is a fresh, fun interlude.
The art on this issue is great! Penciller Siya Oum and inker Dexter Vines’ style is the perfect blend of cartoony and realistic. The splash page with an unmasked Nissa on a dark rooftop being a prime example.
Color artist Tony Aviña’s palette elevates the art. From his rich night-time purples, to the artificial green phosphorescence of the computer screens in the Batcave, Mr. Aviña transports the reader to Neo-Gotham. Nice work.
The Changing Of The Guard
After experiencing legendary comics veteran, Dan Jurgens’ take on the Dark Knight of the future, incoming writer Kyle Higgins has big shoes to fill. Mr. Jurgens deserves a well-earned break, after three years writing these characters. Thank you, Dan… you’ll be missed.
Bernard Chang has left his mark on this corner of the DC Universe, and I’ve made no secret of my admiration for his awesome art, so artists Siya Oum and Decter Vines had large shoes to fill this month, and both did a great job.
This issue has closed a terrific 12 months for the Rebirth version of Batman Beyond. This book has been an action packed, futuristic, thrill-ride for a whole year. This story was great fun, and deserves a very respectable:
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(This review originally appeared on the Dark Knight News website on 29th September 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…