Batman and Robin #23.1





Release date

September 4, 2013
The issue has its charms, of course, because a Tomasi story is rarely without them and of all the tragic characters in Batman’s rogues gallery the Dentster has always taken the cake given the circumstances of his decent into crime and evildoing. There’s an enjoyable arc to watching Harvey somewhat find his old public defender self and take up the fight for Gotham again; it just so happens it has been enjoyable the other handful of times I’ve seen it happen before as well.
9 out of 10
Guillem March’s artwork is terrific as well. I don’t think that the opening page needed to be divided into five panels, but other than that the look of this comic is absolutely top-notch. For an artist who is more well known for drawing beautiful women, it was an interesting change of pace to see him draw the far more grotesque Two-Face and Scarecrow.
3 out of 5
Although the comic gets the character right, there is obviously something missing (besides anything resembling fun).
2.5 out of 5 stars
Two-Face decides by coin toss to both save Gotham and accept the sponsorship the Crime Syndicate. Naturally, these two decisions are not compatible, but the action-heavy plot conflict is rapidly resolved, and Tomasi has the story arc spin back to have the final page echo the first page. While this is even-handed and conceptually fitting for Two-Face, it also results in "Batman and Robin" #23.1 feeling like a filler issue. Tomasi and March's pacing is suspenseful, but the anticipation they create in "Batman and Robin" #23.1 ultimately falls flat due to the lack of impact.
4 out of 5 stars
If you're a fan of Two-Face or at least curious about the character, I'd recommend giving this a shot. It's not a very elaborate look at the character and doesn't bother to expand upon his history, but it does manage to offer a pretty entertaining story and decent insight into how he operates.
Grade: B-
A bit of a mismatch, art-wise, and not exactly the most enlightening exploration of the featured villain, but between the lines, you can find some compelling commentary on Two-Face’s fractured psychology.