You can never go home again! Neo-Gotham and its Sword have compromised and gravely injured officer Beam Boonma. To save her life, Terry McGinnis will bring her to what remains of the Batcave, begging one of his newest foes, Gestalt, to help him. Terry has one last chance to save Neo-Gotham from itself. He’ll have to take everything he’s learned in this year without Bruce and redefine the legend of Batman once and for all.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: The penultimate chapter of this limited series focuses on Terry’s character growth. Even with the introduction of Gestalt, this issue felt very introspective and emotional. Throughout the series we have seen Terry question his purpose and his role as the caped crusader without the physical presence of Bruce Wayne to guide him. I feel that chapter saw Terry confront that and make the decision to forge his own path in an honest and relatable manner. It will be interesting to say how this saga wraps up and whether there is the opportunity for a continued story line later on. The Art: The illustration in this issue is both pleasing and indicative of the tone of the series. The mainly blue color scheme is suitable for the location and mood, while the detailed artwork connects the reader to the varying environments. I must also take the time to acknowledge the lettering in this issue. Bidikar does an excellent job of visualizing the sound of Gestalt and differentiating it from that of Terry and Beam. Overall, I found this to be a well-crafted edition that is both connective and transportive.
Comic WatchOverall, this was a great story. Although the art had a couple of moments where I felt it struggled, the artwork as a whole was phenomenal. The composition and use of space were really well done, and the story was really fascinating and captivating. I honestly cannot wait to read the previous issues and for the next one to come out!
Geek DadIn the penultimate issue of this miniseries, we start out high-tech and end in a surprisingly intimate story. Terry has managed to rescue Officer Boonma, who was transformed into the Sword of Gotham by the villainous AI Gotham, and has enlisted the help of the strange hive-mind criminal Gestalt to cure her. But after it becomes clear just how deep Gotham’s tentacles go and how vulnerable everyone is to its reach, Terry winds up holing up in an underground cave for the duration—and goes through a dark night of the soul as he tries to figure out what Bruce’s loss and his new role as the only Batman means for him. This is a pretty compelling issue, even with the main plot sort of being in a holding pattern for the issue. We’ve got a lot to resolve in only one issue, with Lumos and Gotham having a massive plan in the works, but so far this has been a strong addition to the Batman Beyond mythos.
Weird Science DC ComicsBatman Beyond: Neo Year #5 is one of the better issues in the series, just in time for the finale next month. All the mysteries are resolved, the stakes are raised, and the forthcoming battle appears promising.
Batman-NewsBatman Beyond: Neo-Year #5 is the best issue of the series yet. It takes the time to slow down from all the action and look at how everyone has been affected by everything that's happened. These moments of introspection allow Terry to grow as a character in meaningful ways, which can be a rarity in a lot of comics. The dark, cramped artwork work alongside the narrative to create an atmosphere that brings emotions to their lowest point in preparation for the big finale.
ComicBook.comBatman finally discovers the secret to the Sword of Gotham, and it's a surprisingly "old school" method of controlling the populace. This was a great issue of Batman Beyond, with Terry finally starting to pull himself out of the pit that Gotham has both figuratively and literally thrown him in over the past few issues. It'll be interesting to see how the creative team begins Batman's fight against a seemingly all-powerful AI, but I'm glad that the tone of the comic seems to be changing.
Dark Knight NewsBatman Beyond: Neo Year #5 is a character portrait of the resilience of Batman. We see that he's consistently struggled, whereas the Batman of the past did very well. Boonma said Batman inspired her because he loses, which is true of many fans of the Dark Knight. Batman is a fallible, human hero among godlike entities like Superman, that's the secret to his longevity. So, when a regular title like this can show that off with fantastic world-building, then comics hit a whole new high.
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The Comicbook DispatchWhile Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #5 is kind of slow in terms of the lack of action, which may be disappointing for some readers, it grounds the characters more, specifically Terry, making him more understanding of who Batman is supposed to be. There doesn’t seem much chance to see other Batman Beyond characters turn up in the final issue next month, but it sure seems like Lumos may have something more up his sleeve. What do you think will happen in the conclusion?