Batman and Robin 23.1
Special “Villains Month” Title: Two-Face 1
Peter J. Tomasi, Guillem March
Forever Evil Crossover
Spoiler alert! You have been warned!
It came as absolutely no surprise to me that the Batman and Robin tie-in issue would be the crown jewel in all of Villains Month. I’m just thrilled to see what the next three weeks will bring. Regardless of the outcome, it will be hard to top this one. But I anxiously await (and eagerly welcome) any and all creators who try to do so. Peter J. Tomasi has been one of my favorite writers for years, and I remember the good old days when he was a DC editor. He was great at that job, it’s only logical that he would take his encyclopedic knowledge of the DC universe and put it to even better use by crafting more of its legacy and incorporating his very own style into the ever-expanding (and often-rebooting and backtracking) mythos.
This issue, as it states, is about Two-Face, my all-time favorite villain in not only Batman’s rogues gallery but the entire DC Comics line. He is flipping his coin, the final decision-maker of all things right and wrong, questioning whether or not he should save Gotham City from itself after the events of Forever Evil have caused panic, blackout, and anarchy. It lands on the good side, which begins his quest to bring his own brand of justice to the streets of his once beloved home. There was something amazing about seeing him be recruited by the Scarecrow to join the Secret Society (led by the Crime Syndicate), clean up the streets, and overtake the courthouse in one issue. I almost think this could have been an entire storyline in itself, but alas, all good things must come to an end. And when the Society falls back on their end of their deal with Harvey, they learn firsthand just how bad of an idea it is to cross Two-Face.
The flashbacks were awesome. I wanted more, but restraint is a quality I have always admired in Tomasi. Guillem March’s artwork was, as per usual, nothing short of wonderful. His portrayal of both Harvey and Two-Face made them actually seem like two different people; a task most artists don’t even get right when they have an entire storyline to work with. The Scarecrow scene is reminiscent of the old Batman: The Animated Series cartoon. And the fact that the next issue of Batman and Robin (retitled Batman and Two-Face for one issue) will pick up right where this one left off is just adding to my excitement as a Bat fan, a Tomasi fanatic, and an unapologetic DC supporter. Needless to say, it’s well worth the extra dollar for an awesome cover. Pick it up if you’re a Batman fan, Batman and Robin series regular reader, Two-Face supporter, or just like good comics in general. You won’t be disappointed.
My Rating: 5/5