Batman Beyond’s New Costume Revealed
The forthcoming sixth issue of Batman Beyond: Neo-Year will introduce a new costume for Terry McGinnis – one that combines elements of the classic batman beyond costume with those of Nightwing and Batman. DC shared a look at the cover, which previews the costume’s design, on DC Nation today. This isn’t the first new look for Terry, who constantly seems to revert to his TV series status quo at the end of one volume of his comic, but has featured in something like 100 different series issues since. DC started constantly rebooting their continuity about a decade ago.
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year has the character testing his limits, reaching rock bottom, and figuring out how to rise up and be the needs of Batman Neo-Gotham. In the story, according to the official synopsis, “Neo-Gotham is alive and has killed Bruce Wayne. He rejected Terry McGinnis as Batman and offered him the chance to escape. Terry refused – he is the protector of the city and he will uphold the legacy of Batman. Now Neo-Gotham will do everything in its power to destroy Terry, including creating new villains to fight him. Terry’s first year without Bruce Wayne begins… Does he stand a fighting chance? Team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Kang the Conqueror) and Max Dunbar (Batman: Urban Legends, Robin), a new future for Batman Beyond has begun!”
You can see it below.
The series hails from writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art from Max Dunbar and Sebastian Cheng, and in the first five issues the hit generated enough buzz from fans that the costume announcement was welcomed. almost exclusively by comments asking the team to give a running series. The latest in progress, which was written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by a variety of artists, ran for 50 issues.
This title, which was launched at the start of DC’s Rebirth initiative, actually followed an acclaimed run by Jurgens during the New 52 era. There he takes out the character from the weekly End of futures contracts series, during which McGinnis had been creatively tested and revitalized the title. His combined roughly seven-year run on a character who isn’t an A-lister seems nearly unprecedented in the modern comic landscape.