The last party in Gotham City is here! Commissioner Barbara Gordon is stepping down from the GCPD, and Wayne-Powers CEO Dominic Lumos is throwing her a retirement party. Batman doesn’t trust Lumos one bit, so he’s going undercover to get information on his new enemy-but runs afoul of the GCPD’s new top cop Beam Boonma!
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Kelly and Lanzing create an exciting narrative filled with intensity. Now that the setup is complete, I am ready to just follow along for the ride. There are so many good things happening in this episode, but I’m most excited by the budding relationship between Terry and Beam. Their chemistry is remarkable, and I can’t wait for a crime fighting team up. I am also curious as to whether or not Barbara will have an active role to play or if her tenure serves as a changing of the guard. The cliff hanger ending was well done and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. The Art: Stunning colors and detailed drawings make up the artwork in this good-looking issue. I was especially drawn to the stylized character design that works well with the idea of a futuristic Gotham and a young and modern Batman.
The Comicbook DispatchBatman Beyond Neo-Year #3 really delivers in terms of action, mystery, and suspense. It shows Terry truly becoming his own man as the new Dark Knight and carrying on the legacy of Batman well. Hopefully, more will be explained in future issues though, such as the identities of the new villains, the disappearance of notable characters such as Dana, Max, and Terry’s family, and how Lumos (and potentially others) know of Barbara’s past as Batgirl.
Geek DadAfter last issue’s tense, action-packed sci-fi thriller, this issue dials it back—and puts Terry deep into a game of espionage. With Barbara Gordon retiring, she’s the guest of honor at Donovan Lumos’ party—where he makes clear he intends to privatize the GCPD and make her the last Commissioner. Terry goes undercover at the party and gets close to Bean Boonma, a police officer who may be the last honest cop in Gotham—there’s always one—and a potential ally against the forces corrupting Gotham further. There is no real villain this issue, save the two large-scale ones in the background, but Terry trying to get one over on a savvy character who may or may not be an ally is compelling enough. With the Mayor missing, things hit a higher pitch near the end of the issue as Terry enters a potential trap—and is ambushed by a powerful villain. Overall, lots of potential in this issue but it’s definitely a breather before the next big showdown.
Dark Knight NewsBatman Beyond: Neo Year #3brings more of what we can expect from this title so far. It's layered more detail onto the mystery; more emotional stakes onto Terry's mental state, and introduced us to fascinating characters on both the moral compass. I'm very confident that future issues will bring the same level of satisfaction we've been getting from this title so far.
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Weird Science DC ComicsBatman Beyond Neo-Year #3 is all talk and no action with a retirement party that drops one or two useful nuggets of information for a future issue. The costume designs and set pieces look great, and the art team does their level best to make the conversations dynamic, but this issue is more style than substance.
Batman-NewsYou can tell the kind of story that Lanzing and Kelly are trying to tell, but they're struggling with the execution. They want to say something meaningful about about how the rich abuse their power for personal gain, but they're written as such caricatures that it loses much of its bite. They want to write a detective story where Terry investigates how to track down the Gotham AI, but he hardly does any investigating and is so passive that plot events need to happen to him. The book is not bad, but it can be frustrating to clearly see the writers' lofty ambitions while failing to live up to them.
ComicBook.comTerry continues to rebuild as Gotham quickly shifts and changes around him. Given how expansive and powerful Terry's opponents seem, it's hard to see how he can make a difference, even after discovering that there are still a few good cops left in Neo-Gotham. Hopefully, Batman can score a win soon, because it feels like he's done nothing but lose in recent weeks.