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Batman Beyond
Aug 2010 - Jan 2011 (6 Issues)
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Issue 3
Year
Oct 2010
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
2 pages
Rating
Writer
Adam Beechen
Artist
Ryan Benjamin
Title:
Hush Beyond - Part 3: Close Encounters
Story Arc:
Hush
After:
-
Next:
Batman Beyond 4
Summary:
If you like this universe, don't read my review. I don't like this universe... I want to make that clear from the outset. The entire premesis on which it is built does not work for me. The Batman Legacy is not handed down to one of Bruce's team or sons. Rather, it goes to a stranger. In this universe, Tim is/was alligned with the Joker and Dick is alienated from everyone. I believe the only way this universe could have worked would have been for all of Batman's former colleagues and sons to be dead. Then maybe he might turn to a stranger.

This is the third story in a Hush series. In it Terry and Bruce argue and so Terry goes off to speak to Bruce's former collegues... Bruce's sons. He rules Tim out as a suspect and Tim suggests he goes and speaks to Dick. Dick is drawn with harsh features in this universe... doesn't work for me. Of course, this reflects the way his characters is written. While a character can be transfered from universe to universe the essence of the the character should remain the same or it may as well be another character. The character given the name Dick Grayson in this series bares few common characteristics to the Dick of most others. The only thing these two seem to have in common is a stubborn nature, a thirst for justice, a calling to protect those in need and bravery. But then, isn't that true of most heroes. For me, this is just a character that shares Dick's name. There are Elseworld characters that don't quite share his name (Robin Redblade, Red-wing) who are clearly Dick Grayson.

Quite frankly, if you are a Dick Grayson fan, give this entire universe a miss.

Dick Grayson


 


Issue 4
Year
Nov 2010
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Adam Beechen
Artist
Ryan Benjamin
Title:
Hush Beyond - Part 4: The Other Side of the Mirror
Story Arc:
Hush
After:
Batman Beyond 3
Next:
Batman Beyond 5
Summary:
I don't like this universe and this issue explains why. Not only do they not understand Dick, they don't understand Bruce either.

Terry approaches Dick in search of his alibi. It is clear that Whoever Hush is, he has intimate knowledge of Batman and that is a small group. Dick states that - "I hate the old man, but not enough to kill people." As stated above, this is not Dick Grayson because no matter how bad things got, Dick may not have liked Bruce but he loved him.

We learn that Dick is teaching aerial acrobatics and gymnastics. Terry is surprised that Dick hasn't kept any mementos of his days as Nightwing. Dick reveals one - his Nightwing suit which is in tatters. Terry - clearly not the brightest detective - asks if Dick took a machine gun to it... clearly he didn't see all of the blood on it. Dick tells his story... Alfred kidnapped... he and Batman goes to the rescue... Batman lands in front of him with swirling cape rather than beside him. This is a fatal error and Dick paid the price. Batman then ensured he didn't bleed to death, stripped him, called an ambulance (probably releasing Alfred and leaving him with Dick though the writer doesn't say so) and then takes off after the Joker. He never vistis Dick in hospital and sends Alfred once with his old uniform and a note saying a new one was waiting. Let's just pause here. Even if you can swallow that Batman would make such a blatant error, even if you can believe that Bruce's pride would override his deep love for Dick, how can anyone believe that Alfred would only visit once? That Bruce would have any way of stopping Alfred remaining at Dick's side? The story is full of more holes than Dick's uniform.

A result of this dreadful incident is the loss of an eye, a bullet lodged next to his spine and an almost complete personality transplant. After telling the story, Dick provides evidence he isn't Hush and states: "The only people Bruce ever loved were his parents. He doesn't care about you, me, anyone. Just his mission." Again, this misses the essence of Dick's character. While many of Batman's JLA colleagues may have thought this, Dick is one of few who knows this isn't true.

At the end of the issue, Hush defeats the new Batman and is revealed to be Dick Grayson... but it isn't - I guess we should be thankful for this.

     


Issue 5
Year
Dec 2010
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Adam Beechen
Artist
Ryan Benjamin
Title:
Hush Beyond - Part 5: Blood in Back Alleys
Story Arc:
Hush
After:
Batman Beyond 4
Next:
Batman Beyond 6
Summary:
Hush chooses not to kill Batman.

Bruce is attacked in the cave by his own robots.

Catwoman saves Terry who returns to the cave.

Dr Reid, who knows the truth about Hush, contacts Barbara (Commissioner) but is attacked. A mystery rescuer turns up and is revealed to be the real Dick Grayson. He has been listeing to police scanners because: "The new Bat seemed like a good kid in way over his head, so I decided to help out." Silently takes out the baddies and then takes the doctor to see Babs. It is later revealed that Hush is actually a clone of Grayson, created by Project Cadmus under the guidance of Amanda Waller in order to ensure that the world will always have a Batman. Waller was worried that Batman's psyche was too unstable so she found the perfect substitute. Dick had worked with Batgman, shared his passion and new how to take orders. She obtained memory transcripts and DNA from Dick and then created her own new 'Batman'. He wasn't meant to be unleashed until he was ready but something goes wrong and now he is out there trying to claim his place as the rightful Batman.

This discussion is very difficult on Dick. When Babs asks if he is okay, he responds that he hasn't been okay since he was eight... thankfully some writers remember that was the age Dick's parents died!

BRuce opens up to Terry and then Hush Grayson reveals his plan... he is going to destroy all of Gotham. He has set himself up under the city with enough explosives to remove Gotham from the map.

     


Issue 6
Year
Jan 2011
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Adam Beechen
Artist
Ryan Benjamin
Title:
Hush Beyond - Part 6: Deep Down
Story Arc:
Hush
After:
Batman Beyond 5
Next:
Batman Beyond 2011 Series
Summary:
Terry wants to race off and fight Hush, but Bruce points out he will need help. He considers putting on the suit one last time, but a voice from the shadows declares: "No, old man. That time for you is over." Dick states that he will do it. He makes some cutting remarks and then softens when he sees Ace the dog.

Terry and Dick leave and are joined by Catwoman.
Catwoman: Is he serious?
Terry: I don't think he's every anything but.

Again, we see that this isn't the Dick we know.

Dick confronts Hush and they fight. Terry and Catwoman join them. Bruce disables the robots just in time. At the end, Gotham is saved. Interestingly, Bruce's first thoughts - after the explosion - are for Terry. He inquires about Dick second. Nope, this universe does not understand Bruce at all.

Bruce orders them back to the cave to debrief. Then he opens up to Dick... who ignores him, pulls out his earpiece, shakes Terry's hand and then disappears.

Bruce: Dick, I... I hope you'll come too... and stay a while. I know we haven't talked a lot lately but... maybe this gives us the reasons... to talk... I... I know I can never be what it was... but...you're still my heir, Dick...Dick?... Dick, Can you hear me?

All of which makes the reader feel very sorry for Bruce and Dick is shown to be the bitter, unforgiving son. Horrible story. It all finishes with Waller finding a new doctor and walking down a corridor with dozens of Dick Grayson clones in tubes waiting to be 'born'.