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Batman Beyond Unlimited #1 - 10,000 Clowns (Prelude); Konstriction, Chapter 1: A Snake In The Grass

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Two stories in one! Batman Beyond is back as well as Justice League Beyond. Plenty of "Beyond" fun and excitement inside.

Batman Beyond is back. So is Justice League Beyond. If you've been missing the Beyond future of the DC Universe, this book should satisfy your needs.

The Good

Batman Beyond was a great animated series. When Adam Beechen brought back Terry and Bruce in the 2010 miniseries, we saw some things we hadn't seen before. There was some darkness along with loose ties to the current Bat-universe. This was followed by the 2011 series that lasted eight issues before FLASHPOINT and THE NEW 52 put it on hold. Beechen is back, right where he left off with legendary BATMAN artist Norm Breyfogle and I couldn't be happier.

Throughout the story, there are little mentions and nods to elements from the TV series in both stories that make you feel the creative team truly respects the original source material. There's also the continuing plot line with Max as well as Dana's brother, Doug, that we saw in the last series.

The first story deals with Batman (Terry) and a growing threat of Jokerz turning up in Gotham with a mysterious person in control of them. The second story is the Justice League and is by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. We get Terry with the League as well as Superman and some other familiar faces. As we see Terry get used being part of the League, we're seeing new developments that will obviously come into play in later issues.

We get a great mix of art. Seeing Breyfogle's take on Terry, Bruce, Dana, Max, etc was a treat. The same goes for Nguyen and Fridolfs on the Justice League story. For those two, it feels like it's been too long since we saw their art on STREETS OF GOTHAM.

The Bad

As much as I dug the art, I did have some minor issues. When Terry is dressed as Batman, he looks so badass. The art is very clean and almost has the same feel as the animated series. There were some moments when Terry, unmasked, didn't look as I remembered him. Some of the facial features felt off. But why nitpick? It should be about artist interpretation.

As much as I love Dustin's art, I had a couple minor issues with it as well on some characters. Superman didn't look...noble or strong enough. Other than that, it was great seeing all the characters again.

The Batman Beyond story is off to a nice start but I can see it easily going into a clichéd direction. I wouldn't think Beechen would go there so we'll have to wait and see. As for the Justice League story, I really want to know more about some of the characters. I feel like we don't know a lot about Barda or Kai-Ro. Hopefully we'll see more development in the coming months.

The Verdict

This is an oversized issue full of Beyond goodness. These days, $3.99 for 48 pages is a great deal. There is a Batman Beyond story by series regular Adam Beechen and art by Norm Breyfogle. There is also a Justice League Beyond story written and drawn by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. Both stories pick up where last year's BATMAN BEYOND story left off. There is plenty of ties to the animated series that shows the creative team knows what they're doing. While there is a ton of great art, there were a couple moments with some characters feeling a little off. Both stories are setting up plots for future stories and there is plenty of fun and excitement inside.

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jsphsmth

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Norm Breyfogle is back on a Batman comic!!!

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I read both of these on line, it's good getting back to beyond after so long apart

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Any word /spoilers about them featuring The Joker in this title? Since he's gone digital, it'd be easy. He's immortal for all intents and purposes. I'm sure he has been busy in the virtual world ever since the end of Return of The Joker.

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@TheJokerha said:

Any word /spoilers about them featuring The Joker in this title? Since he's gone digital, it'd be easy. He's immortal for all intents and purposes. I'm sure he has been busy in the virtual world ever since the end of Return of The Joker.

Not that I'v heard 
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i wouldve bought this but then i realized all it is is the same digital copies ive been reading for 3 weeks now just in print form. aha

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I look forward to reading this...

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Honestly, I didn't like it that much. I felt the plots were somewhat convoluted and the dialogue was rather poor. The art, however, was good.

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I loved the back up story

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Havnt decided if im picking this book up ill check out the art first to see but i dont wanna ruin it by digging to deep. I loved the cartoon and terrys suit in my opinion is soo freaking cool. Well see so many great titles out right now.

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I just got this with the justice league comic I can't wait to read it.

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This shows exactly why DC is smart. They take advantage of where they are strong and give ppl what they want.

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needs walter west dark flash

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I should get this..

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Batman Beyond! <33

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Look, I know Norm Breyfogle is a 'legendary' Batman artist, and I'm not denying that the man is indeed talented. But he's a legendary 'BATMAN' artist. His style is well suited for Batman, but Batman Beyond is more then just 'Batman in the Future.' It has its own unique tone and style to it, and Breyfogle just isn't the right choice for it. Everything he draws in here was round, smooth, and gentle. Batman Beyond is all sharp angles, bold color, and high contrast. Thus why Nguyen's art looks so fitting.

Norm Breyfogle is drawing this like it's 'Batman in the Future,' not really getting at the fact that Batman Beyond isn't just a one-note tangent of Batman, its actually its own identity as a comic.

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I'm a big fan of the show, so I'm gonna wait for the trade.