Batman: The Dark Knight #23

Batman: The Dark Knight #23

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 28, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
5.3Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throughout Gotham City. But hope surfaces when the Mad Hatter emerges as an unlikely ally.

  • 7.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 28, 2013

    Of course, what really makes Batman: The Dark Knight #23 worth your hard-earned dollars is Alex Maleev. His gritty, detailed style has always been a perfect fit for the underworld of Gotham, and it's nice to see him back in the saddle. You'd be fine just skipping the word balloons and narration captions, instead just marveling at the glorious work of a true master of the medium. The only hiccup, and it's a small one, is that the color work of Dave McCaig doesn't always gel with Maleev's art. There are times when it adds lines or shading to the art when it doesn't really need any. It's not bad, not at all, but it's noticeable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 2, 2013

    This issue presents a nice entry point into this series and a great introduction to this long-time villain. Here's hoping that Hurwitz and Maleev can make their next issue as solid as this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Aug 28, 2013

    This is a standard Clayface story so far, nothing ground shaking, but perfectly suitable and enjoyable for what it is, complimented by Alex Maleev's very strong showing. The only problem is that the issue just sort of ends, it seems as if the conflict is over, but there are at least two more issues of this arc to go, so by the end you're sort of just left thinking "Wait... What, that's it? Okay?" The issue just also leaves me worried that we're going to get another "Karlo had a bad childhood and now he's Clayface" story, like this book has sort of become known for in the past year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 30, 2013

    As a middle chapter, "Batman: The Dark Knight" #23 works all right. It's by no means perfect but it's enjoyable enough. Standing on its own, it's not quite up to par. Fortunately it's part of a serial medium, and I think most readers will be back in October for the next chapter. For now, it's good, but we've seen a lot better before. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 28, 2013

    Other than Alex Maleev's artwork Batman: The Dark Knight #23 is a waste of time and a waste of a fine villain's potential. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 28, 2013

    To say I hated this issue is an understatement.  The art is ok, but everything else is terrible.  Batman sucks at being Batman and the characterization of Clayface is ridiculous.  This issue is the best example of how NOT to end a story arc.  A fizzle would be a huge overstatement.  I am not looking forward to Clayface's Villains Month origin story and I could care less if another issue ever hits the stands. Read Full Review

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