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Review: Batman Beyond #23
“Target: Batman” – Part Four
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Will Conrad & David Baron
Review by Adam Ray As revealed in the last issue, The Scarecrow has returned to Gotham. The methods for spreading mass panic have grown stronger and more sophisticated over the many decades since Bruce Wayne fought Jonathan Crane. We see in this issue exactly how a new Scarecrow has transformed the people of Gotham into deadly weapons. Batman is truly everyone’s target.
I, and many readers, are thankful for that brief fly-by as the issue opens. Witnessing Matt really take on responsibilities at the helm of the Batmobile. It helps us all see why Bruce trusts the younger McGinnis brother as a natural fit for the mantle of Robin. It also shows how quickly Matt can go from calm and self-assured to surrounded by a mob and fighting with all his might. The art throughout this issue is really, really good.
The consistency we’re seeing in having Jack Ryder appear throughout this story arc is very welcome. A rich slice of Bruce Wayne’s history, still active in Gotham really makes the rich future all the more realistic given the timings. When the McGinnis boys ask who Ryder was, “Hawkman… Green Lantern… The Atom”, it makes that vision of the future even stronger. By that time, when Bruce Wayne retires as Batman and it’s been so long that no-one remembers The Creeper, you’d have to consider that characters like Hawkman, Green Lantern, and The Atom are almost legendary figures talked about in Terry and Matt’s history classes.
I think any ending that can make me shout incoherent, angry vowels at a comic’s page, is a pretty strong one. Curse you Dan Jurgens, why must you play with my emotions like this? The situation looks so bleak. The trust of steadfast allies means nothing to the powers of this Scarecrow. All seems dire and I have to know how Batman gets out of this one, if at all!
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on August 23rd 2018)
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
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