Batman: The Dark Knight #22

Batman: The Dark Knight #22

Writer: Gregg Hurwitz Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 24, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
6.8Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Picking up from recent issues of BATMAN, the origin of Clayface is revealedand a new mystery is introduced!

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jul 24, 2013

    I'm giving it another chance. Call me a hopeless romantic but I think this could really be good. I even went back and forth between giving it a score as high up as a 9/10 but…I've been hurt before, ya know? Alex Maleev drew a beautiful book that had a great atmosphere brought to it by McCaig's colors and Hurwitz's way with Gordon's words. I just pray that this doesn't turn into another 6 or 7 issue flashback fest showcasing another villain's messed up childhood. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jul 24, 2013

    After my less than enthusiastic reaction to the Mad Hatter story, the change of pace that is brought with Alex Maleev and Clayface was much appreciated. This issue not falling for the standard format this series has had for the past year plus was a big win, as I had been getting fatigued on that format by the mid point of the previous arc. The only thing I can fault this issue for is the bait on the end of the hook being a little too ambiguous for me to bite, but I will say that I'm at least interested in it. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jul 26, 2013

    Overall there's not much I can really say about this issue. I was expecting a lot more from this and it kept me wanting when I was through.The grim style of the book fit for a villain like Clayface, but right now things are too subtle for me to have enjoyed this as I thought I would. The next issue does show that the pace may pick up as he makes his move against Clayface, so we can only hope that it actually does. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jul 24, 2013

    Batman: The Dark Knight #22 is a comic filled with some great artwork and a generic script. The visuals alone may be worth the price of admission for many, but the story came up short in many ways. Here's hoping the two sides of the creative coin both strike hard in issue #23. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 24, 2013

    Sadly, this issue falls apart once the focus shifts back towards Batman. The scenes with Gordon in captivity are too few and far between to build any real sense of tension. Meanwhile, Hurwitz devotes far too much attention to Bruce's mourning over the death of Natalya. Her inclusion was one of the weakest elements of the previous arc. Batman has enough current trauma to work through without the need for another throwaway love interest. Because of the shift in focus, the issue loses steam as quickly as it built it. Still, there's plenty of room for this arc to pick up again in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 27, 2013

    When all is said and done, I cannot recommend this book. The art is good, but the slow pace the title has been criticized for is still there. The few dangling questions about Clayface could prove interesting down the road. Let's just hope it's a shorter road then what we just drove down. Read Full Review

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