Batman Beyond #1

Batman Beyond #1

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Bernard Chang Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 13
7.2Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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At last, Batman Beyond gets his own ongoing series in THE definitive future of the DCU! But this isn't the Beyond you think you know! With the Justice League missing and without Bruce to guide him, this new Batman will need to explore this bizarre world on his own while fighting to raise humanity from an opponent that's already won.

The heroes Batman knew have failed, the world he knew has been turned on its head, and every step he takes will lead him either toward finding home - or further down the road of disaster!

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Deviator77 Oct 3, 2016

    Dan Jurgen’s wrote a fun and well-paced comic book, stuffed with nostalgia and action. Even though it’s not perfect, it’s probably unfair to demand more. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jun 7, 2015

    The new Batman Beyond series mixes a lot of what you will remember, and characters that you love, into something that is like looking through a warped window. I want to know what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Jun 4, 2015

    Batman Beyond #1 was a fun read for a first issue. Sure it wasn't a 100% new reader friendly, but there is a lot of stuff in the story like character development and expanding this dark future that I'm sticking around to see what else can I find in this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jun 3, 2015

    If youre a superfan of Batman Beyond, this is still very much worth a look, but adjust your expectations. Dont necessarily point them down, this is still a good book very worth reading, but dont expect to know everything right off the bat (yeah, I said it). The art does a fantastic job of drawing the reader into this new status quo and softens the blow quite a bit while the writing gets a lot of sympathy for this new Batman very quickly. And if you have no previous franchise investment, then by ALL means give this issue a look. It is an intriguing start to what will hopefully be a great new direction for the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 3, 2015

    I was really worried about this title, but after reading this first issue, I can honestly say that I'm interested to see where it's going.  Really, I think I'm just looking for Tim to put the final beat down on Brother Eye so I can get a real ending to Futures End, but beyond that, this could be a really fun, interesting series.  The art really worked for this story and by the end I was pleasantly surprised at how much I got into this issue.  Go check it out, but please go in without any hangups on what you think Batman Beyond should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 5, 2015

    It's terrific to see Tim Drake's Futures End story continued, and while it may be disappointing to some that McGinnis is out of the picture (at least for now) it is difficult to argue with a fast-paced action comic that dares to throw new and existing readers straight into a future world and ask us to come along for the ride and revelations, including a bombshell that is dropped on the final page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 5, 2015

    Jurgens keeps the surprises coming right up through the very last page, where another familiar -- if older looking -- face makes a welcome appearance, solidifying this incarnation of Batman's place in DC continuity. Jurgens seamlessly blends elements of the Bat-mythos from both present day and the future, setting up a permanent place for this Batman in the DCU proper that has lasting potential, rather than coming across as a gimmicky crossover between two very distinct eras in Bat-history. "Batman Beyond" #1 is an excellent re-introduction to a once largely benign character that makes a convincing case towards a maintaining a regular role in both the Batman cast as well as the larger DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Jim Remolde Jun 3, 2015

    It was fun to see the Jokerz and I would like to see more exploration of this time, but I am buckled in for this ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 3, 2015

    Batman Beyond #1 brings the character into the main DCU, and it looks like it'll be one fun ride. Everything is on the table here, opening up a hell of a lot of possibilities in a familiar but strange world. The first issue was one that got more on my radar as time went on, and it looks like it'll be a series I'll be following for a while, especially after that ending. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Dan Crotty Jun 3, 2015

    "Batman Beyond" may upset those expecting a return to the world of the eponymous animated series by leaning too hard on it's "Futures End" predecessor. However, it gives Bat-fans a chance to see Tim Drake in a new suit and in a new era. Bottom line: it's not that schway. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jun 4, 2015

    This is one oftwo instantly recognisable characters that crop up in this issue and both feel kind of shoe-horned in. That might be my only real issue with Jurgens' and Chang's otherwise pretty perfect introduction to DC's new future. As this incarnation of “Batman Beyond” is already being touted as finally being canon, the big, earth-shattering changes actually matter here. Creating a future dystopia is all well and good, but having a cataclysmic event occur that may have killed off multiple Justice League members and suddenly I'm worried we're wandering into retcon/alternate universe territory again. That being said, it's only the nitpicky, uber-nerd in me who's bothered by these kinds of story infractions, on the whole I'm much happier to see great stories being told that only tangibly relate to one another than stories that become so intricately linked they lose any semblance of interesting narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jun 4, 2015

    Overall, the buildup during the first issue wasn't done as well as it could have, but the ending promises an improvement in future issues where the story is concerned. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward Jun 5, 2015

    I've seen a lot of reviews for this issue that are not so flattering. I have to admit, I really enjoyed this issue. Yes, it was a little confusing at first, which is my fault for not readingFutures End,but I was able to muddle through it. Do I think this series will be my favorite for the year? Probably not? For the week?Not at all, that actually goes toJustice League #40so check out my review for that if your interested. However, this issue was fun and enjoyable and the last page is one that makes me excited to see where the series goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 12, 2015

    The truncating of the Bat-Family's chronology in the New 52 reboot left a glut of former and current Robins all roughly the same age and not enough room for each to operate. Mercifully released from that regrettable Teen Titans title, I would have preferred Drake to have spun off his own book in the present but this at least affords him the opportunity to prove himself in new ways. Drake plus the Batman Beyond Universe, with a more dystopian feel, is an odd mix, but writer Dan Jurgens (at least initially) sells me on the concept while artist Bernard Chang shows he has what it takes for the series' unique visual look. I'll be curious to see where things go from here. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 4, 2015

    Artist Chang also does a fine job overall, his Tim noticeably fleet of foot and agile. There are a few oddly choreographed panels here and there, but by and large he does a nice job bringing Tim and his new world to crumbling, dilapidated life. The success of the read depends on Tim's current fish-out-of-time feel, so here's hoping his current predicament allows for plenty of further exploration of that nature. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jun 3, 2015

    Batman Beyond #1 is a poisoned chalice of a comic book. The artwork and coloring on display here are absolutely top-notch, and of course, it's great to see one of the better costume designs in the world of modern superheroics get a much-needed airing, even if the guy under the cowl isn't to everyone's liking. Dan Jurgen's script ultimately suffers from its marriage to the convoluted Futures End, but there's a lot of potential here for the series to find its own feet as Tim Drake continues to battle the omnipresent Brother Eye. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 4, 2015

    This isnt a perfect comic, but its a good start. Batman Beyond fans should give this title a chance and who knows, maybe Terry will appear; This is comics after all. Those who followed Futures End should pick this up as well since this is a direct follow-up. This creative has some work to do, but this title definitely has potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Sean Buckley Jun 5, 2015

    Overall: Though not what I was expecting, this run of Batman Beyond sets the stage for the greater conflict between Earth's survivors and Brother Eye. With artwork that good more often times than not, and a story that has potential, I'd say give this series a chance. How long it takes before this becomes just another stand-alone story and fall victim to the steady loosening of continuity? I'll hold out on guessing for a few more months. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jun 8, 2015

    As it stands, this just reads like another Batman book, layered with angst and regret. Not something we really need more of. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fox Force Five News - Troy Komanac Jun 4, 2015

    I sound like I really hated the issue andI didn't hate it. I'm just a big fan of Batman Beyond and not a fan of Futures End, I found this new comic had a slow and awkward setup that was too similar to Futures End for my taste. But if you are a fan of Futures End then I'm sure you'll love this new comic. If you are a new reader or unfamiliar with the events leading up to this new issue but had an interest in reading it then I would suggest picking it upbecause it does hint at taking a new direction that could be exciting to explore with familiar characters and intriguing new ones new ones. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 3, 2015

    By no means an awful or terrible book, Batman Beyond #1 is just a disappointment at best and frustrating at worst. If you liked both Futures End and Batman Beyond animated series (to a degree that you don't mind the main character from the show having been killed off and replaced), I could say maybe check this out. Otherwise, there are better Bat-books out there to read than this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supes' soups Jun 3, 2015

    This could be a good book, it has potential but now I feel like Future's End was nothing more than a prelude to Batman Beyond. Because the only book that FE seemed to have any influence on was this one. Now I could be wrong but right now all Batman Beyond is right now is a continuation of the FE plot. It was an interesting first issue and because of Chang's distinct art, I kept having to remind myself that this was a Batman book and not GLC. I hope Terry McGinnis makes a return somehow because it feels sacrilegious that anyone else is allowed to wear that suit. We'll see how Timmy is doing as a slave in a concentration camp next issue but so far between the Jokerz and some random fight scenes, it's hard to get a feel to where this book is going.

  • 6.5
    LucasMarts Jun 3, 2015

    Note: If you are coming into the comic expecting a New 52 version of the animated TV show, you will be disappointed. Also, I am going to keep spoilers to a minimum in my review. After many years of fans patiently waiting and hoping, it has finally happened. Batman Beyond has finally received his own solo title, effectively joining the main DC continuity. After reading the first issue, I have to say that it does a good job creating interest for the character and his world, but one major issue holds it back from being a solid first step. To being with, the comic’s major strength comes from Bernard Chang’s top-notch artwork. He does a fantastic job in creating the world of DC’s bleak future and the characters that inhabit it. Jurgens does an admirable job in fleshing out the characters through their interactions with each other, and overall creates a story that is average at best (like the fight at the beginning), and pretty good during certain moments (like Batman fighting a Cybernetic Superman). However, the major issue that holds it back revolves around Jurgens' exclusion of a Future’s End retrospective at the beginning or during the story. To summarize, Future’s End was a major comic book event that leads into this title, and is heavily referenced throughout Issue #1. If Jurgens had included a quick retrospective, it would have helped people who did not read Future’s End, such as myself, understand what is being referenced from it. Instead, readers who did not follow the event might feel lost and have many questions about what a character is talking about. It could lead to reduced enjoyment while reading the comic. In summary, Batman Beyond #1 is a good first step in bringing this underrated character into the main DC continuity. However, if you are not up to speed of what happened in Future’s End, you might experience some confusion while reading it.

  • 6.0
    FuzzyCracker Jun 3, 2015

    There's potential here, and the art by Chang is outstanding. But there's very little in the way of plot or character development here. It spends way too much time trying to recap Futures End, and that's the main problem with this book. Its premise is too convoluted and alienating to readers who didn't commit to a 48-issue weekly. And every future issue is going to have to justify how it has a Robin from the near future being flung into a far future that may or may not exist anymore. Compare and contrast what the writers of Grayson did: they distanced themselves from Forever Evil, and provided their own, much simplified, setup.

  • 6.0
    CasualBro Jun 27, 2015

    SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. It's hard to say what's wrong with this first chapter in the new Batman Beyond. It's got great art, an okay story, good action, I guess it just all boils down to the fact that nothing stands out. Nothing gets me hyped to even continue reading this. That's pretty bad for a first issue and I was really disappointed this wasn't an instant hit like some of the other #1's I picked up. This actually just feels more like a continuation of Future's End, something I never read nor will read because I didn't really like the premise, and you know what, I still don't. Until the writers distance themselves from Future's End and give this book it's own feel and rhythm, I can't pick this up.

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