Neo-Gotham is alive and has killed Bruce Wayne.
It’s rejected Terry McGinnis as Batman and offered him the chance to escape.
Terry turned it down-he is the city’s protector, and he will uphold the legacy of Batman.
Now Neo-Gotham will do everything in its power to destroy Terry, including creating brand-new villains to fight him.
Terry’s first year without Bruce Wayne begins… does he have a fighting chance?
From the rising-star creative team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Kang the Conqueror) and Max Dunbar (Batman: Urban Legends, Robin), a new future for Batman Beyond has begun!
But Why Tho?Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1begins a new era in Terry McGinnis' life as he fights to save a city that's attempting to kill him at every turn. This is the Batman Beyond story I've been waiting for, and I can't wait to see what the creators throw at Terry next.
Comics BookcaseBatman Beyond: Neo Year #1 is essential reading for any fan of the show.
Women Write About Comics - WWACWhile Max Dunbar and Sebastian Cheng really work in synergy to make the book the cyberpunkian dystopia it’s supposed to be, it’s Kelly and Lanzing who are the breath of fresh air to this franchise. Batman Beyond has been languishing for quite a while, with writers who just don’t understand the appeal of the cyberpunk Gotham that serves as the setting. For the last while, Batman Beyond has been written by Dan Jurgens, who was a hot young writer when I was just starting reading 30 years ago. He is still a talented writer, but maybe not the person to write a young cyberpunk hero. Lanzing and Kelly capture Terry’s spirit more than any book has since the show first aired. Couple that with Dunbar’s dynamic action scenes and Cheng’s vibrant neons, and you have a fantastic cyberpunk Batman book.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: This limited series presents an interesting take on a future Gotham City with Terry McGinnis at the helm. I really liked how the narrative switched by him and the unnamed villain. Not only do the dual perspectives make the two rivals relatable, they show their different methods of dealing with Gotham’s crime factor. I found this story to be very promising and I am looking forward to the next chapter. The Art: I am really impressed with the artwork in this issue. Although the drawings are done in a traditional and realistic styling, the colorwork gives the illustrations a youthful and modern tone. The action scenes are eye-catching, and each page draws you further into the story.
Fortress of Solitude+ Cool, refreshing & creative setup + Interesting new villains + Artwork that captures the cyberpunk aesthetic well
GWWI've always enjoyed a Bruce-less Batman. Whether it be Damien or Dick. I like that Batman the symbol, can be anyone. Having Terry take up the mantle in the far future on the pages of DC was great. The first issue of Neo Year is fresh and at times bold. It's one of the best looking Batman books of late and should be put on your pull list if you're looking for something extra with Batman. The year of Batman beyond is off to a great start.
The Comicbook DispatchThis was an intriguing first issue and leaves the reader wanting more. Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1 has an element of mystery, such as it is still not clear as to the identity of the assassin whom Terry fights near the end of this issue, or who or what the computer taking over the city really is. It could be possible the computer is H.A.R.D.A.C. from Batman the animated series. Although this comic doesn’t seem to be strictly set in the DC Animated Universe, it does pull a lot of influences from there, so it could be possible. The thing that could be exciting for Beyond fans, given that there are two titles featuring Terry McGinnis, is that it could be possible the increasing popularity for Beyond could potentially lead to some sort of revitalization for the show down the road, whether a reboot, a movie, or live-action TV show, that is if enough fans are interested in these comics. In any event, this series sure seems to be pretty schway so far!
AIPTThe action is splashy and exciting, with several panels depicting Terry in one tussle after another as he fights against ever-growing odds. By giving us one sample after another of the corruption he’s facing, we get a solid introduction to Neo Gotham. The issue occasionally veers into some heavy exposition (particularly during a conversation between Barbara and one of her officers), but the book does an overall solid job of catching new readers up and showing longtime Beyond fans some familiar and beloved faces. Now the only question is: Can Batman truly endure? This series aims to answer that question, and I’m excited to see where this team takes this iconic character.
Geek DadWe’ve seen a lot of takes on Batman Beyond over the year, some of them bleaker than others. This isn’t the darkest, but it’s definitely slipping in that direction. Terry has fought for years, but he can’t really make a further dent in Gotham’s crime scene. What’s more, he seems to have lost most of his support system. Bruce is gone, his family is nowhere to be seen, and Barbara Gordon is getting ready to step down as Police Commissioner. However, a new police officer has entered the story, and she may just be her legacy. Most of the issue feels like a slow trickle of trouble in Gotham, but it explodes in a big way towards the end of the issue as a new villain emerges—one who seems determined to balance the scale in a twisted way. The action that explodes in the last few pages is big and surprisingly bright, but the issue ends on a shocking note. This is an intriguing first issue, although I’m hoping some more classic Batman Beyond elements will work their way in soon.
Dark Knight NewsBatman Beyond: Neo Year #1 has given us a lot to think about. A fan of the original show will be drawn in by the sincere look at the cyberpunk environment, while those who loved the last comic book run should also look on with grand familiarity. Those who are up to date with recent releases will find strong continuity. This is as strong a start a new run can get.
Batman-NewsThat I enjoyed Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1 as much as I did was a pleasant surprise, and it's a strong enough first issue to retroactively make some earlier choices go down a little easier. What's bad for Terry McGinnis proves to be good for us, as his new status quo is one of the most compelling and interesting things to happen in a Batman Beyond title in a long while now.
Graphic PolicyBatman Beyond: Neo Year #1 is an interesting start and more than enough for me to come back to check out the next issue. It just doesn't feel quite as new reader friendly as I hoped leaving me feeling like I missed a lot. It's not so much a start as a continuation of… something. Still, it's an interesting continuation with a lot of potential.
ComicBook.comBatman Beyond: Neo-Year #1 picks up on the events of Batman: Urban Legends, with Bruce Wayne dead and Terry McGinnis fighting against a sentient AI system that now controls Neo-Gotham. As McGinnis struggles to make an impact, he learns that Wayne-Powers has a new sinister CEO, and that his few allies are quitting the game. While the comic struggles to provide new readers with much context about what the heck happened to Neo-Gotham prior to this issue, there is some nifty art and character design by Max Dunbar and colorist Sebastian Cheng that evokes memories of the original Batman Beyond cartoon. The story is very grim and serious and not very new reader friendly, but it should keep Batman Beyond fans entertained.
Weird Science DC ComicsBatman Beyond: Neo-Year #1 examines a future Gotham where Terry McGinnis is entirely on his own and a Gotham-Powers Enterprises run by criminals. The art is excellent, but the narration can be confusing, and the issue lacks any emotional weight. You'll get your money's worth if you want a standard Batman Beyond issue with familiar settings and action. If you want a Batman Beyond issue that puts in the effort to grab your attention, look elsewhere.
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