Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2




Release date

September 11, 2013
6 out of 10
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti do a fine job of continuing where Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV left off with the character in Batman Annual #1, but as someone who doesn’t like the New 52 origin for Victor Fries, this comic’s story will only get an “It’s okay.” from me but a definite thumbs up for the chilling artwork by Jason Masters and Dave McCaig.
4 out of 5 stars
The bat titles have been some of the more popular issues from the villains month rolodex, but Mr. Freeze is the issue to beat so far. A good story combined with excellent art is what the bat books are all about. This is an issue that deserves reading.
Grade: C
Villain’s Month has often felt like a series of editorially mandated origin stories, but Grey and Palmiotti’s offering has just enough charm and craft to feel like its own issue. It doesn’t aspire to the heights of Batman 23.2, another instance of Scott Snyder beating Villain’s Month to the origin story punch, but Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2: Mr. Freeze takes its position, comfortably in the middle of the Villain’s Month pack.
7 out of 10 (Good)
Mr. Freeze gets violent and sinister while the art stays bright and fun. It's a mismatch, but still a good time.
2 out of 5 stars
"Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.2 looks great, but there's not enough punch to this story to make it stand out. A Mr. Freeze solo story was a difficult draw right from the start, and while Gray and Palmiotti try their best, it's not one of their more memorable moments. In the end, it's a nice try, but this is a comic that's going to easily fade into the background.