In Review: Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic (2023-) #1

Terry McGinnis defeated the evil A.I. controlling Neo-Gotham and asserted himself as the one true Batman, but his next battle will bring him to the remains of Old Gotham.
Gothic

Synopsis: In Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic, Terry McGinnis defeated the evil A.I. controlling Neo-Gotham and asserted himself as the one true Batman, but his next battle will bring him to the remains of Old Gotham. Children are going missing and being swallowed by the city’s old bones. Batman Beyond will have to go underground, led by a mysterious splicer named Kyle the Catboi, to find the children and confront the city’s buried sins. What happened to the green of the city? What happened to magic? And what villains never left old Gotham?

 

The Story

When kids start to go missing in Old Gotham. Terry McGinnis aka Batman is called upon to investigate by Detective Beam. As he initially looks into it. We learn that the kids seem to be disappearing down sinkholes. But where do these sinkholes go? As he investigates. Terry remembers a story that the late Bruce Wayne told him about there being a city underneath Gotham that most people have forgotten about. In an effort to figure out what is happening to the children. Terry heads down into Under Gotham where he meets up with Kyle. A humanoid-looking cat that walks upright and makes a living out of dealing fruit to survive. Terry hires Kyle as a guide to take him through the various levels of Under Gotham and hopefully find the missing children.

 

The Artwork

Max Dunbar does a brilliant job with the artwork for this first issue and manages to give us a nice contrast between Neo-Gotham, Old Gotham, and Under Gotham. Each part of the city has its own distinct visual feel and Dunbar captures that brilliantly.

The character drawings are fantastic. I especially liked the look of Kyle the cat and how he is pretty much the first person we see in the comic before we cut to Terry patrolling Neo-Gotham and Old  Gotham.

 

Overall

It’s been about 10 years maybe longer since I last read a Batman Beyond comic. As the last series I read was around the same time as DC’s famous 52 relaunch of everything. Which was really a mixed bag.

All that said. I really enjoyed this opening issue and I’m fully on board to find out what happens as Terry goes deeper into Under Gotham to investigate the missing kids.

9.4
Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic (2023-) #1
  • Covers
    9.3
  • Story
    8.8
  • Artwork
    9.7
  • Lettering
    9.4
  • Colours
    9.7

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