Batman: One Bad Day: Clayface #1

Writer: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing Artist: Xermanico Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 22, 2023 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 25
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All Basil Karlo ever wanted to be was an actor…no…one of the greatest actors there’s ever been. However, his life went off course when he became the shape-shifting monster known as Clayface. After years of doing battle with Batman in Gotham City and distancing himself from his dream, Clayface goes out west to Los Angeles. Creating a new identity, he pursues his dream of acting only to find that Gotham City isn’t the only place with an overwhelming sense of dread to it, and that he might not have what it takes to make it in the City of Angels. So he’ll reshape the city to fit his needs in a deadly pursuit of stardom. From the rising- more

  • 10
    AIPT - Piper Whitaker Feb 21, 2023

    One Bad Day remains one of DC's most artistic and terrifying line of Batman stories, and Clayface's entry showcases the best that DC horror can be. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Feb 21, 2023

    Almost all of us have met a person like Claysomeone who turns out to be fake and self-centered. Granted, most Clays arent shapeshifting murderers. Lanzing and Kellys choice to make Batman: One Bad Day - Clayface #1 not about the brilliance or power of a villain but the small inadequacies of a man make it the most human of the One Bad Day series. And its that easy ability to connect to Clayface and his story, made even more possible thanks to very good art, that makes it an overwhelming success. Read Full Review

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    Dark Knight News - James Attias Feb 21, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day: Clayface is a triumph, it even deserves a standing ovation at the Cannes Film festival. I for one can't praise Basil's performance enough. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Dave Jones Feb 21, 2023

    Another great issue from the One Bad Day series. Lanzing and Kelly's story surprised me at how much enjoyed the unique way it built up the character up. You might certainly find it harder to dislike the character after this tragic story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Feb 21, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day - Clayface #1 is one of the most intense additions to the series. Other books in the series have attempted to give redeeming qualities to the characters, showing them as more than villains. But with the Clayface chapter, it is the opposite. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 21, 2023

    This is a hard character to make work, because of how many times he's gone back and forth across the line, but the disturbing ending here is definitely going to make this go down as one of the defining Clayface stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 21, 2023

    Xermanico delivers beautifully detailed art on every page of the issue. The character designs are great and I love the horror elements of the visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 22, 2023

    Kelly and Lanzing deliver a story of clay turning to quicksand as Karlo's actions spiral out of control. They present a person who could have found a happy life, at least one that was acceptable, but due to an inability of getting out of one's own way, it's another tale of tragedy.! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Feb 21, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day: Clayface #1 is artistically a mesmerizing and tragic issue with a few plotting problems. Overall, it's definitely one of the better 'One Bad Day' entries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Feb 22, 2023

    Batman: One Bad Day Clayface is a testament to the power found even in the second tier of Batman's rogues, and calls for greater consideration of this daunting villain. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Jackson Luken Feb 21, 2023

    Instead of exploring the character on a deeper level like the series' namesake, Batman: One Bad Day: Clayface #1 falls back on tired clichs, and in the process actually flattens what depth Clayface already had. The fact that Basil Karlo was an actor becomes his sole character trait to the point where nothing else about him matters. Some truly impressive art is not enough to elevate this middling story to anything that will define the character. Read Full Review

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