Writers: Vita Ayala & Steve Orlando, Pencils: Siya Oum, Inks: Dexter Vines, Colors: Tony Aviña
Filling out the volume is a story created by a guest team called Batwoman Beyond. There’s a Batgirl in the Beyond universe? Nice! I like the premise. Batgirl works in a tough part of town not even Batman frequents. Why? Wish someone in the story told me.
This takes place during the Rise of the Demon arc so yay for Max doing something other than waiting around and being worried. Commissioner Gordon is kidnapped and it’s up to Batgirl and Max to save her. Max, you need an alias, my friend. And, Gordon, are you the same Gordon from the regular arc because here you’re drawn more like older Barbara Gordon. But, I swear I thought the main story Barbara Gordon was her granddaughter. She looked middle age at the most. I’m confused.
Moving on, we get a nice team-up between Max and Batgirl. I liked it, but I feel like past references flew over my head. Can’t really blame the guest team when you only have a set number of pages to tell your story. I can blame the team, however, on the constantly repeating themes and lackluster art. Crown Point’s a bad place, everyone. Get it? If not, we repeat it fifty more times. And why the hell doesn’t Terry go to this area? Seriously, I need an answer.
Batwoman Beyond wasn’t great, but I like what they were trying to do. A separate Batgirl Beyond comic with Max and Gordon as part of the cast would be fun. And, I’d like to get to know more of that Batgirl and where she came from. Hope to see her at least pop up in Batman Beyond.