Batman & Two-Face #25

Batman & Two-Face #25

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 20, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 4
7.2Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

As Two-Face continues his rampage through Gotham City, more light is shed on his past. Who is Carrie Kelley and how can her mysterious connection to Harvey Dent help Batman?

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Nov 22, 2013

    I'm excited to see where Tomasi and Gleason take us next. They are in a very unique position in the DC Universe because, unlike most of the other books on the stands right now, they're not under the "event" labels. They don't have to tie directly into the stories being told in Forever Evil. Nor do they have to make sure everything matches up with the timeline of Zero Year. So, in that sense, this book is not only a good read, but a must-read. Because, as proven by the last two issues in particular, anything can happen and every story is fair game. Plus, check out those covers! The main one is reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series, while the variant is simply art in its purest form. Pick them both up if you're a Bat fan. Or if you simply enjoy owning awesome artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Nov 21, 2013

    Tomasi's direction with the Irish mob and Two-Face brings Bruce back down to the ground level with familiar Batman problems of organized crime and the Arkhamites it spawns. Although it might not be getting all the attention, this is the Batman book for the longtime fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 20, 2013

    While Batman and Two-Face #25 won't cause any riots in the plot department, there's something to be said for doing the simple well. Batman is a character that thrives because he's built for action - and action is what Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason deliver here. If you're looking for a gorgeously drawn, no-nonsense fix of Gotham City fisticuffs, you could do much worse than Batman and Two-Face #25. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 22, 2013

    From the Batman: The Animated Series-esque cover to Alfred's hilarious closing remark, Batman and Two-Face #25 was a fun issue full of great surprises, action, mystery, and really cool imagery. There wasn't as much Two-Face as I would have liked and there's a jarring transition during a flashback sequence, but overall this was an enjoyable read that I highly recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 21, 2013

    As emotionally driven and action-packed as this issue is, content is a little lacking, which leaves it less exemplary than usual. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 20, 2013

    One of my main problems with the New 52 is the fact that perfectly good characters or stories will be changed just for the sake of change, with no noticeable reasoning or thought going into them. I was hesitant on changing Harvey's origin last issue, but the further context to the change provided by this issue makes this one of the rare occurrences that a New 52'd character clearly has some thought and reasoning put into what's different about them. Sure, you can not like for the fact it was changed in the first place, but you can't deny that Tomasi actually put some thought into the changes, and that, I can respect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Nov 23, 2013

    So, solid issue all around, but I expect nothing less of this creative team. Now, the only question I have is, apparently, both last month's and this month's covers were to feature a Miss Carrie Kelley but seemed to have been inexplicably changed between the books' solicitations and their releases. (In fact, if I'm not mistaken, this issue was actually supposed to be titled 'Batman & Carrie Kelley #25, as opposed to Batman & Two-Face.) Was it a last minute editorial change, or has her part in the story been altered to be a more secretive, twist-like ending? She has yet to appear in this arc as far as I can tell, but I have my theories on where she might show up later"that is, if she does at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Joseph Ulfsrud Nov 24, 2013

    While Batman & Two-Face #25 sports beautiful art and is expertly written, story exposition has a way of slowing things down. This is an issue for learning and flashbacks, with a healthy side order of brutality. Writer Peter J. Tomasi is succeeding at getting readers interested, but its how he continues to write that will determine the greatness of this arc, as this issue is simply setup. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Nov 28, 2013

    I highly recommend you give this issue a try, but you'll need to read issue twenty-four to enjoy this issue. So far this is a great re-telling of Two-Face's origin, done by one of the DC's best and most underrated creative teams. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 21, 2013

    Regardless, it still feels like an "oh, by the way" sort of character reboot, though. Harvey Dent deserves an epic, but I fear he might be getting the shaft. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 22, 2013

    While "Batman and Two-Face" #25 is darkly lit and violent, it is every bit as entertaining a read as Tomasi, Gleason, Gray, Kalisz and Mangual have brought to this title. It's not the single best issue of the book, but it delivers the enjoyable consistency expected from this creative team. Batman's rotating spate of guest stars hits an odd spot with this issue, as Batman is less working with Two-Face and more working in direct opposition of his one-time ally without ever truly coming to blows. This issue adds depth to Bruce Wayne's past, puts a twist on Harvey Dent's disfigurement and leaves a lot more for readers to look forward to. With this creative team onboard, there's no doubt more good and great stories are sure to follow this very good tale. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Philip Suson Nov 21, 2013

    Overall, this comic was a very mixed bag. As a Batman fan I will read it in the future, but if you are a new reader I promise that the comic is better than this. I've mentioned before, but the first four pages are the best in the last two issues of the comic. If you started reading this arc last issue, then please continue just to see where this crazy ride goes. You can check out Batman and Two-Face #25 at your local comic book store as well as through digital distribution. It is published by DC comics. You can also check out the next issue which should be available December 18, 2013. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 21, 2013

    This arc hasn't really featured Patrick Gleason at his strongest. His figure work is a bit muddier and less refined than normal. And though this is as much Tomasi's fault as Gleason's, this issue creates unnecessary confusion when it lapses into a flashback with little warning or indication. But Gleason's flair for action storytelling still shines, particularly during a dimly-lit prison fight sequence. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Nov 20, 2013

    This book is just not that entertaining. It lacks the clear sense of focus that it used to have. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Nov 20, 2013

    Tomasi's decision to focus on McKillen and Batman generates some amusing material and very entertaining bits of action. Gleason's still doing great work with the visuals, but the biggest problem is the story isn't making any strong strides, especially with Dent. It's not a bad story, but right now it just isn't all that engrossing, either. Hopefully there's some big developments in part three. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 23, 2013

    Batman and Two-Face seem to take a bit of a backseat with Erin McKillen and I think that is a good thing. I almost prefer that Two-Face fade into the background for the rest of the arc as it seems she is a good match for Batman. This issue is a solid read and one to pick up if you are interesting in seeing a different, non-costumed, Batman villain. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Nov 21, 2013

    This issue is decent. It showcases a lot of peripheral characters in Gotham city giving it a more street-level feel akin to something you might read in Detective Comics. Focusing on characters who don't normally get the spotlight is great and I'm all for it, but I did come here to read a Two-Face story and this arc has yet to become a Two-Face centered story. All of the events in this issue and the previous issue point to a Two-Face heavy finale but it's a little dissatisfying knowing I'll have to wait at least another issue until we actually get to some real Two-Face content. The story on its own was pretty good, but being told this is a Two-Face story going in I would like to see more of him in it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 24, 2013

    Batman and Two Face #25 is a bit of a bait and switch.  There is not enough Harvey Dent and too much Erin Mckillen.  The story treads water and doesn't advance the book at all and the art is subpar and confusing.  Two issues into this arc and there is no reason for me to recommend it...yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 29, 2013

    On the plus-side we do get an appearance by Matches (which means the character, and Batman's use of his identity, is part of the New 52). Despite the promise the issue will have big revelations about Carrie Kelley (which I believe I've already guessed) the character fails to make even a cameo here. Given the false advertising and confusing storytelling this one is very much Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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