Two Faces, One Funeral (Detective Comics #993 Review)

Writer James Robinson

Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico

Colors Ivan Planscencia

Letters Rob Leigh

Cover Di Giandomenico & Plasnecia

Variant Cover Mark Brooks

Asst. Editor Dave Wielgosz

Editor Chris Conroy

Group Editor Jamie S. Rich

 

Last Issue

Dent and Batman at it again but also in a way never before seen. Kobra seemingly doing some small-time terrorism by trying to shoot up a gala. To the Kobra unit’s dismay, the gala had been cleared. Batman and Two-Face having their bases covered to set the place up for an ambush. Kobra is desperate and shoots on people, so the gala plan was a diversion all along. The real grand scheme was to poison Gotham’s water supply with a compound that would make its citizens follow the command of Kobra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Issue

The death of Two-Face, what happened in the sewers? Batman and company recollect the situation in Gotham’s underbelly in their attempt to stop Kobra from poisoning the water supply. After Dent’s funeral, Bruce goes over everything that happened in the circumstances of Harvey’s death.

Thoughts

Flat out I love this issue, the artwork has this Street Fighter 4 type of calligraphy brush stroke style to it that really lends to its ease of reading. The tones of the writing matched up with such artwork make this a very good send off to Two-Face for at least a few issues. Compelling because it’s not very conventional in terms of what normally happens in a Batman comic. Rarely do we get the pleasure of seeing Batman actually work with one of his nemeses and through such interaction understand them better and here we learn that Two-Face is still Dent and they both love Gotham. Like Bruce, they appear to be more than willing to risk their lives for it to stay what it is, whether that be a good or bad thing.

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
Pick this issue up, it has a lot of novelty in how unorthodox the approach to Harvey, Bruce and Commissioner Gordon as a group of people with a rich history. Not just reasons to hate each other. I liked that a lot.
Good
  • Great use of Motifs
  • Great Character Development
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Fun shout out to past threats.
Bad
  • Predictable Twist
8.5
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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