Batman: The Dark Knight #23.1

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Gail Simone Artist: Derliz Santacruz Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
6.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

The origin of the Ventriloquist is revealed!  One of them has powerful telekinesis and the other is a cold-blooded murderer-but who's the real dummy in this act?

  • 10
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Sep 5, 2013

    The new Ventriloquist offers hope in a world of villainy, but it's those who trust her who are dummies in this story that was the best of the villain books this week Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Sep 5, 2013

    Between the front cover and the back, Gail Simone turned a character I didn't know about into a character I'm afraid of. That's doing something right. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Sep 9, 2013

    Overall, this was one of the best Villain's Month issues, and I look forward to more goodness from Gail from next month once The Movement and Batgirl resume their normal run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Sep 6, 2013

    As far as the Villain one-shots go this is one of the ones I would highly recommend people to pick up. With a fantastic story and a deep look inside one of the newer rogues in the bat gallery, Ventriloquist is a demented, twisted, sick ride that must be experienced. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 5, 2013

    A creepy origin issue to a new character. The character is doing pretty well so far, and hope it can further proven the character revamp is necessary. Kind of miss Arnold Wesker though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 29, 2013

    All in all the book is decent, our villainess has a different sort of motivation, one which is rather unique within the Batman universe and sends us on a rather dark journey, one that will send chills down your spine. So if you are into blood, graphic violence and menacing little puppets, this is definitely one for you. Ventriloquists backstory is told well and the art really sets the tone to the events that occur in the story. All this and it still manages to end on a twisted little note. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 5, 2013

    There's one final little twist three pages from the end that adds an extra level of menace, with the death of the last gang member inside the theatre. It's that sort of moment that could mean any one of a number of things (a split personality, or some other force that's also in control) and hopefully it'll get followed up upon sooner or later. For now, though, it's a nice final gut punch for a dark comic. Obviously this isn't the sort of comic that you'd want to read on a monthly basis, but for a diversion into an all-villains extravaganza, this is what we should be getting. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 4, 2013

    Hopefully this new Ventriloquist will prove her worth in the pages of Batgirl. But for now, she reads like another case of a great character brought down by unnecessary changes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 6, 2013

    The character of the Ventriloquist is an interesting one. She's a bit deeper than the previous incarnation and Simone knows how to build up a villain well. The comic book has a lot of strange turns in the storytelling and that holds it back. Overall, as a throwaway comic this one is pretty good and those readers of Batgirl definitely need to pick this up because of the character development. I mildly recommend this book for the casual fan, but the hardcore Batman or Batgirl fans will want to track this down. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 4, 2013

    It was an okay issue. If you were super into this new Ventriloquist with the Batgirl issues, you'll probably find this issue enjoyable, but if not, you're not missing anything here. Shuana's origin is in line with that particular creepy villain vibe we often get from Gail Simone, and while I usually find that particular vibe enjoyable, this time I found the character to fall a bit flat, and not achieve any level of likability for my personal taste in villains. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 4, 2013

    I don't like this villain at all, but she does have a unique motivation and the artwork is quite spooky. If you wanted to know more of Shauna the Ventriloquist's story and actually liked that character the first time around then you won't be disappointed by this. But if you miss Arnold Wesker then this is just going to give you a migraine. So I'll give it a lukewarm 5. It's not for me because I'm a steak and potatoes sort of Batman fan but it's not a poorly put-together book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Chris Stark Sep 5, 2013

    Now if you have no idea who the previous Ventriloquist was and apparently never watched the 90s Batman cartoon, you will probably enjoy this. But knowing the previous incarnation leaves a lot to be desired with this one. A good enough story by a good writer earns this at least a 50%. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 15, 2013

    A letdown in practically every way. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 5, 2013

    Literally the only good thing about this issue is the Derlis Santacruz art. And even that's not enough to save me from the embarrassment of having read (and wasted my time reviewing) what passes for writing in the magical world of man-hating, crybaby, "don't fire me even though I suck" Gail Simone Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    the green death Sep 4, 2013

    Simone does a good creepy story. This is my first exposure to the new Ventriliquist and she's cool in a sort of Sadoko (from Ringu) meets Chucky kind of way, but I still prefer the old Alan Grant version. The art is quite nice!

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