It Takes Two (Detective Comics #1021 Comic Review)

Writer Peter J. Tomasi

Artist Brad Walker

Inks Andrew Hennesy

Colorist Brad Anderson

Letterer Rob Leigh

Cover Walker, Hennesy, & Anderson

Variant Cover Lee Bermejo

Last Issue

Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face makes a boisterous reappearance in Gotham. Starting by shooting the Demarco brothers in both eyes. Analyzing the crime scene quickly, Bruce is able to determine that Dent was shot in the exchange. So he needs a doctor. Gotham rogues can’t just waltz into a hospital, even if they have been shot. Dent needs an underground medic. While being treated, it’s very clear that there is something different about this Harvey. He’s less in control of his wilder side than normal, exhibited when he shoots the medic helping him with his wounds after flipping heads. Bruce comes to the scene to find two henchmen trying to torch the scene. These aren’t the typical crooks that help out Dent. These guys are wearing uniforms, fight with a religious zeal, and most importantly are willing to die in there service to Two-Face. Imploding their own brains Waller style at the push of a button.

This Issue

Bruce is stressing out trying to understand how Dent got these people to give their lives for him. Meanwhile, Harvey delivers a sermon to his follows. Explaining they are a force of simple arithmetic, where one and one make one. Commanding his men to do Batman’s job for a night in an effort to win over the people. As he ends his speech with a coin flip Harvey takes the wheel momentarily, a shift his new right and left hand people Vice & Versa take notice of. Bruce gets the evidence he needs when performing an autopsy on the bodies. As he tries to leave the cave for his next lead. To his surprise, he finds Dent at the waterfall exit pleading for Bruce’s help. After binding him Bruce takes Dent with him to the Gotham courthouse to follow his next lead.

Thoughts

The issue brings a new light to what exactly is going on with Dent. His sane side (the not so melty end) is losing more and more control over their shared body. The readers being shown much deeper how separate the two may be, or even the more so that the irrational side is evolution so to speak. The art style really gives this duality showing theme throughout really shine through in this issue as well. Between chanting Dent zealots and Two-Face crying. This issue really brings us this very grotesque tone of his condition. I am very excited to see how this arc comes to a conclusion and I wonder if this change will be something of permanence.

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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.
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Summary
This is unfolding rather nicely if you ask me. It all feels like a big play from both sides of Two-Face to me but that might be because of the amount of Batman comics I always read. With Tomasi and Walker talking this the way they are, I'm very excited to see what happens in two weeks.
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  • Harvey Dent's New Dynamic
  • Brad Walker Does Great Work
  • Religion Of Two Rocks
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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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