Batman and Robin #23.4

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Francis Portela Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
7.4Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

As the battle for Gotham City continues to build, the scales become unbalanced when the ferocious Killer Croc enters the fray!

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 25, 2013

    Not really an origin story, but had the qualities of one, and not a bad one at that.  But what we're really looking at is a revenge story, and it was fun seeing Killer Croc in this kind of role.  Also we finally see Jason Todd wearing the Robin costume in flashback which was fun, and the beginning of a new story line which should of been the real story line in that awful Gotham Underground going on in Cat Woman.  This was a solid issue with a good story, and solid art, and I hope we get to see more of Killer Croc in the future now that he seems to be done in Bat Woman.  (or not who knows anymore)  Great issue check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 29, 2013

    This was an outstanding issue, and one of the best Villains Month issues that I've read this week. It showed Killer Croc perfectly, also showing a different side to him. The story itself was also very diverse, having different tones throughout, and although I wasn't overly familiar with either Seeley or Portela prior to this issue, I'd gladly read more of their work. Due to this I'd highly recommend this issue to anyone, as although it wasn't phenomenal it was brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 27, 2013

    The issue is well worth the extra dollar for another awesome cover. My favorite part of the comic was the flashback where Croc is in the travelling circus. It reminded me of the old Batman: The Animated Series episode, although this issue paints him in a significantly more positive light than that one did. It was also nice to see him as a character capable of rational thought and planning ability. Hes never been smart, no, but most writers in the past have just written him off completely, or if they do choose to use him, hes just a brainless thug or flat-out comic relief. Its nice to think that he could possibly be as smart as he is deadly in the future. Thats one character change I would welcome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Oct 15, 2013

    Killer Croc is a decent issue plagued by too many time shifts. It still makes for a great read but with so many other Croc origins released in the past year this title seems kind of unnecessary. A Talia or Leviathan story could have been a great edition instead. Although the story is not that strong, the artwork truly makes this an entertaining and worthwhile read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 25, 2013

    To be a good villain, readers have to feel something positive towards them, be it a morbid fascination, or perhaps a bit of sympathy towards them. Killer Croc, when used well, as always been an unfortunate character, stuck with a shitty situation, and this issue definitely plays towards that end of Croc's characters. Seeley wrote Croc as more than the monster in the sewer, and while he's not exactly the most sympathetic character out there, I was definitely left with a little "ah man, that sucks" feeling towards him. Combine great characterization with equally great art, and you've got yourself a pretty good issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 26, 2013

    We get to see deeper into Killer Croc's life and he comes to be so mistrust of other humans. However, his tragic past doesn't really justify his reason of killing the crooked cops until the final pages. It turns out that the good one-arm cop was very helpful to Waylon when he was young. While Killer Croc is still a monster, but it really shines a new color on the villain. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Sep 25, 2013

    While Seely and company convince us to care about this unrepentant villain, the same can't be said about most other characters who appear in the issue. The trio of crooked cops that Killer Croc hunts throughout his subterranean domain are thoroughly two-dimensional, and neither pity nor disgust is inspired when they meet their predictably violent ends. It isn't until the final three pages of the issue that we're given a reason to care about Waylon's crusade, when Seeley reveals how personal Killer Croc's vendetta truly was. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 28, 2013

    Curious about how a one-shot should be presented? Check this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 25, 2013

    It's a sharp looking book, but I found the nonlinear structure to be ineffective. Had the story focused more on the mystery behind Killer Croc's relationship with a certain police officer from the opening page then that drama would've propelled the reader through the entire issue and made for a more satisfying conclusion. Instead, the frequent narrative jumps come off a bit sloppy and the origin of Killer Croc is too similar to what we already saw in Derek Fridolfs' Arkham Unhinged #8 just under a year ago. If you don't know Croc's origin and missed out on Fridolf's version then this is worth picking up, but it's skippable otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    WhatCulture - Costandinos Karalis Sep 26, 2013

    Speaking of the art, it was never bad, but wasn't anything special either. I wasn't left in awe by any of the panels, or impacted deeply by anything I saw, but in no way was the art poor. As I mentioned before, the last seven pages stood out for me (starting with the half-page image of Joanna and Croc). These pages, along with the red and green tints, made the comic feel like a horror movie, which was just the right way to tell a Killer Croc story. Read Full Review

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