[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Bernard Chang
We begin with Terry McGinnis’ brother Matt and friend Max returning to the Batcave after having faked the destruction of the Batmobile. Max assesses the damage to Terry’s Batsuit, proclaiming that it’s beyond her ability to fix. Still, they look in the Batcave computer files, hoping to find something that might be of use to Terry. Max makes a discovery in the files, but we aren’t shown what she discovered.
This shocking revelation that Bruce Wayne is still alive might be setting up for the return of Bruce as a recurring character. This would bring the series nearly back to the status quo of the original cartoon, which fits in with the Rebirth plan to restore DC’s heroes to their most recognizable incarnations. Any casual fan of the Batman Beyond cartoon could pick up an issue and feel right at home.
Given Matt’s putting himself at risk to help his brother, and the skill he shows in getting around members of the Jokerz gang, I wonder if the future Batman might be getting himself a Robin soon. That certainly would be an interesting avenue to explore. That would fit Rebirth’s other goal to move the story forward into new areas.
It seems to me that most of the backup cast is in on Terry’s secret identity. Dana doesn’t seem to be aware yet, but his infiltration of the Jokerz would tell her that he’s at least working with the Batman, and raise her suspicions. Will Dana end up in on the secret as well? And if Bruce returns, will he be upset at the number of people suddenly hanging around in the Batcave? This could lead to some interesting situations.
The story is still going strong, and the revelation that Bruce is still alive is an unexpected bombshell. The title was doing okay without him, but his return would make it even better.