The Batwoman Revealed At Last: Batman Beyond #40 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Terry and Constance meet with Blight, who gives Terry a job amongst his crew. Meanwhile, Constance and Blight discuss Terry’s future and Blight makes it apparent that he intends to make Terry his new vessel. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce and Matt speak to Barbara Gordon and Melanie about their belief that one of them is the new Batwoman. Elsewhere, Batwoman Beyond saves a woman from a collapsing building. Blight’s men attack Wayne Manor for personal vengeance on the part of Blight and Batwoman goes to the manor to fight on behalf of Wayne. 

Batman Beyond #40 cover by Lee Weeks
Batman Beyond #40 cover by Lee Weeks

Batman Beyond #40 continues to chronicle the new Batwoman’s struggle against Blight and we at last learn the secret identity of Batwoman Beyond.
It’s gratifying to finally learn the identity of the new Batwoman; it’s both a dramatic reveal and still technically new character! I can’t say it’s too much of a shock, but it is a solid reveal.
That said, Blight doesn’t go down in this issue and Terry seems far from relearning who he was. The only major development is the reveal of the new Batwoman’s true identity, but that is still something at least. It’s led into by the return of another Batman classic too.
Batman Beyond #40 art by Sean Chen, Sean Pearsons, Chris Sotomayor, and letterer Wes Abbott
Batman Beyond #40 art by Sean Chen, Sean Pearsons, Chris Sotomayor, and letterer Wes Abbott

Sean Chen’s artwork impresses once again. His detailing and depiction of action scenes is phenomenal and he’s backed-up by the great inkwork of Sean Pearsons. Chris Sotomayor provides a well-balanced and lively color palette which ensures that the book truly pops.
Batman Beyond #40 brings the identity reveal we’ve all been waiting for while showing the continued reign of chaos by Blight and his followers. While Terry still seems far from his return home, Batman Beyond #40 gives an enjoyable story with great-looking artwork from Chen, Pearsons, and Sotomayor. This one gets a recommendation. Pick it up.
Batman Beyond #40 comes to us from writer Dan Jurgens, artist Sean Chen, inker Sean Pearsons, color artist Chris Sotomayor, letterer Wes Abbott, cover artist Lee Weeks, and variant cover artist Francis Manapul.
Final Score: 7.5/10

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