Batman Beyond #6
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Bernard Chang
Colours: Marcelo Maiolo
Publisher: DC Comics
Batman Beyond has been improving the last few issues, especially with the return of Bruce Wayne and the Joker, hence a return to the classic status quo we know and love from this story.
Unfortunately, this issue did little to advance the story, and spent a lot of time with Terry and Dana as Terry explains the what's been going on with this series for the past year or so to new readers who might have jumped on to the series. The one thing I very much appreciate this issue doing is bringing back some great interactions between the characters, and the restoring of their relationships. Terry and Dana, while acting as filler for the issue, had a conversation they just needed to have, and I hope that Dan Jurgens understands this and moves forward accordingly. Jurgens really nails the character moments and dialogue. Having Bruce back in this series just feels good.
The side plot deals with Curare and how she escapes the clutches of the League of Assassins. The League is showing up in a few books now, which has me generally excited since they provide fantastic stories, with Teen Titans and Detective Comics featuring or having featured them. Not much happened with that story, and the details were very vague. It was all set-up.
Bernard Chang's art was good, but it felt like a step down from the previous arc. It wasn't as stylised as it used to be, which was disappointing.
Doing little to advance the story forward, this issue spends time with the characters getting back to the way things used to be, which makes for some satisfying moments but doesn't feel as memorable as the last arc. The art was lacking as well.