Dan Jurgens's long run on Batman Beyond is coming to an end in December, as the fallout from WarnerMedia's cuts at DC continue to impact the company's publishing line. Batman Beyond will conclude with #50 in December, marking the final issue in the longest-running series yet for the character, who debuted in an animated series in 1999 and has become an unlikely part of the DC Universe in the comics. Jurgens, who wrote 16 issues of Batman Beyond before DC's line-wide Rebirth relaunch, first tackled the character in The New 52: Futures End, an alternate future story that ran weekly and featured a near-future dystopia where most of DC's heroes had become monstrous cyborg doppelgangers of themselves after a battle with Brother Eye.
While there had been a few miniseries and even an ongoing featuring the world of Batman Beyond before Jurgens came along, the 2015 volume launched by Jurgens marked the first attempt to anchor Terry McGinnis in the DC Universe proper, interacting with current-day characters in Futures End.
That's a philosophy that will pay off in the last few issues of the series, as Batman Beyond features an upcoming story in which Terry travels back to the present-day DC Universe and meets up with a younger Bruce Wayne when he was Batman. The meeting, which comes courtesy of Booster Gold, will apparently not go well.
Jurgens, best known as the writer and artist who created Doomsday and wrote and drew "The Death of Superman" back in 1992's Superman #75, will be bringing Nightwing back to the pages of his own title in that books' 75th issue the week before Batman Beyond #48 hits the stands in October. He created the character of Booster Gold in the 1980s, and will bring the "original" look of Booster from his '80s series back in Generations: Shattered #1 in December. Time will tell whether Booster's connection to Batman in both stories is a coincidence, or something bigger.
You can check out the solicitation text for the final issue below.
The finale of Dan Jurgens’s iconic run on Batman Beyond finds Terry McGinnis accused of crimes he didn’t commit! When one of his greatest rogues, the formidable Inque, poses as Batman and causes havoc around Gotham City, Wonder Woman will stop by to confront Batman Beyond. Will Terry be able to convince her that he’s innocent or will he find himself the enemy of one of the DC Universe’s greatest heroes? The epic conclusion of the series is here!
written by DAN JURGENS
art by SEAN CHEN and SEAN PARSONS
cover by DAN MORA
variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
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