Batman Beyond #31

Writer: Dan Jurgens Artist: Rick Leonardi, Wade von Grawbadger Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 5
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With a series of spectacular high-tech heists, a mysterious new villain known as the Splitt is preying on Neo-Gotham. Only Batman is capable of stopping him, yet Terry McGinnis wants nothing more than to get his life back to normal after his destructive battle with The Joker. Making this even more difficult is the strange, enigmatic fate of Bruce Wayne!

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - Kate Sanchez Apr 24, 2019

    There is much more to say without giving away spoilers, but if this arc is going the way I think it is, it's going to be a great ride. Overall,Batman Beyond #31is a great decompression from the last few issues, but it sets up the next area of tension nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Apr 24, 2019

    Terry finds himself up against a unique villain in Splitt. He's actually two people in one. When morphed together, Splitt's helmet looks just like Deathstroke. (I thought it was Slade Wilson or something like a "Deathstroke Beyond.") But these two are definitely not Deathstroke, but still dangerous. Their weakness seems tough to exploit, though doable based on their difference in personality. But Terry has one other major issue to deal with before figuring out how to stop this twosome. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 26, 2019

    The story is fun although it did move a little too quickly for me. The art however is awesome. If you put Rick Leonardi on a book as the artist, I'm in no matter what. He's quite excellent. The book is drawn amazingly and I'm happy he's on this comic. A fun book indeed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Connor Casey Apr 24, 2019

    While the writing comes off as unusually clunky at times, the twist at the end will leave you smacking your head wondering how you missed it the first time around. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Apr 25, 2019

    Dan Jurgens has a good feel for the Batman Beyond mythos and has consistently delivered a title that feels like a true continuation of the cartoon. Very often such books don't feel like they are canon stories (and often aren't), but this iteration of the title feels like a true successor to the cartoon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Apr 24, 2019

    Two tense storylines meet up in a great climactic moment in the final pages which reach out and shake a reader. We feel our emotions pulled in two different ways. We want Batman to succeed in these unlikely odds; we want to find out what's gone wrong. Since we don't get either, two burning issues frustrate us as we close the issue eager for more. All this two talk may make me think another shade of Bat's past may be on the rise, but that's not likely. What we know for sure is that the strength of the stories and leaving them this tinglingly unresolved was a master stroke of comicbook storytelling that would draw many readers back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Apr 24, 2019

    Two tense storylines meet up in a great climactic moment in the final pages which reach out and shake a reader. We feel our emotions pulled in two different ways. We want Batman to succeed in these unlikely odds; we want to find out what's gone wrong. Since we don't get either, two burning issues frustrate us as we close the issue eager for more. All this two talk may make me think another shade of Bat's past may be on the rise, but that's not likely. What we know for sure is that the strength of the stories and leaving them this tinglingly unresolved was a master stroke of comicbook storytelling that would draw many readers back for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 24, 2019

    The issue is tense and feels like a step forward as the title uses more elements of the classic cartoon to build its next arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Apr 24, 2019

    I am usually a big fan of Dan Jurgens work, but inthis instance, there seems to be a great deal of exposition. All we need isyour fingerprint, Mr. Wayne. We brought up the Powers files but cant getpast the firewall without you. Scanners ready, Mr. Wayne. We get it, BruceWaynes fingerprint scan. But in fairness, all the preceding dialogue comesfrom Matt McGinnis, the former Robin Beyond. I wasnt wrong when I called himannoying, was I? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Sequential Planet - Greg Mysogland Apr 30, 2019

    Batman Beyond #31 is a fine transitional issue for those already invested in the series but doesn't do a lot to grab new readers. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Apr 25, 2019

    Overall, I am intrigued by the storyline and mystery behind it. The artwork did not jump out to me as a standout but the story and dialogue balanced the issue out. It is a solid starting point without relying too heavily on the ending of the Joker/Harley cliffhanger from the previous arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 24, 2019

    This is an odd issue that felt like it kept wanting to get started or that it wanted to do something exciting, but it wasn't until halfway through when the story became about something else where I started having a little fun.  There's something going on in this story, it just sadly doesn't do much this issue..... but hey, we had some awesome art so that's something. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 24, 2019

    Batman Beyond has great potential to go beyond the traditional concepts of a Batman story. Jurgens seems to be heading off in a direction that mixes the shadowy crimefighting with a technologically advanced future, but the title is still largely lost in the standard Bat-Formula action story. Read Full Review

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