Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Batman and Two-Face #24 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Patrick Gleason
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 16, 2013

There's going to be a McKillin if I don't Flip My Shilling

Batman has gone through the stages of grief following his son Damian's death.  You would think that the Caped Crusader would get a little downtime, but not when Two-Face and a mysterious lady linked to Dent's past are causing trouble in Gotham.

Gotham isn't a place for rest and relaxation.  The cities crime families have gathered to discuss how to take Gotham back from the "Crazies" and the Bat. Among them is the prodigal daughter, Erin McKillin, the head of the McKillin Clan. She has been in hiding, but the families demand she get involved in the daily crap that is Gotham City. Erin who, you say?

It seems that Erin has a history in Gotham.  A history that involves the retconned origin of Two-Face.  Yes, this issue serves mainly as the introduction of Erin and the origin of the coin flipping psycho. I for one am not very pleased with this new origin.  It seemed forced and one part in particular felt unnecessary.

Everyone wants a piece of McKillin and when the GCPD close in on her, she runs, drives and swims to escape.  Unfortunately for her, Batman and Two-Face are both hot on her tail.  The issue ends with her and Batman fist-to-fist and face-to-face.

I like plenty of what Peter J. Tomasi gives us here.  The beginning of the book does a great job of tying up loose ends from Batman Inc. #13 and Damian's death that alone were worth the price of admission for me.  I suspect I won't be the only one that has a problem with Two-Face's New 52 Origin and I'm not sure how to take this Erin McKillin (I also must add, I hate that name), but this is part one of an arc so I will reserve some judgement.  What I can tell you is I am not on the edge of my seat waiting for the next issue.

I was hoping for more from Batman and  Two-Face #24.  We get a forced new origin to one of Gotham's best Villains and an introduction to one I don't care about...yet.  I hope that the introductory nature of this issue pays off with better ones to follow.  As it stands, though, I can't give this a glowing recommendation.


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