Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Artist: Jason Masters Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
7.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Mr. Freeze takes his obsessions over the line when he sets his sights on his newfound family and getting revenge on Batman!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Dweck Sep 12, 2013

    The art screw-ups aren't really present enough to detract from the enjoyment of this book; it's an incredible story. More importantly, Gray and Palmiotti did something wonderful here, by taking a villain who lost his reason for being and giving him a new one. Well over a year after Mr. Freeze was rebooted, a couple writers finally managed to make the character work again in a meaningful way. And that's exactly what Mr. Freeze needed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 13, 2013

    So in conclusion, its totally worth the extra dollar for the awesome cover and everyone should go out and buy this issue. Palmiotti and Gray are comic book veterans who never really seem to get the credit they deserve (as is the case with a lot of the Villains Month's creators, come to think of it), so lets all go ahead and do our parts. Buy the issue. Love the issue. And tell them to keep up the good work. The New 52 is here to stay (or so were told), so instead of complaining or being stuck in your own little 1986-2011 pocket universe of continuity, embrace change and start enjoying the works of todays creators. Trust me, issues like this are a great place to start. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Sep 14, 2013

    Mr. Freeze's love story is always one of my favorite story ever. While it's sad to see DC took that away, I can't help it but admit that this is a great approach as well. Can't wait to see what else is in store with this character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Sep 11, 2013

    The bat titles have been some of the more popular issues from the villains month rolodex, but Mr. Freeze is the issue to beat so far. A good story combined with excellent art is what the bat books are all about. This is an issue that deserves reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 14, 2013

    The dialog in this issue for Mr. Freeze can't be more spot on. Just try reading this issue with a monotone, emotionless voice and it automatically becomes a much more enjoyable read. The coloring also just FEELS cold as you are reading the book. Very Cool. (Yes, Pun intended!) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 11, 2013

    I liked this issue, I really did. Gray and Palmiotti hit that great creepy tone Freeze requires, and Masters along with McCaig did a great job of portraying Freeze himself and an overall sense of coldness. Like I said, I felt this issue did a good job of progressing the story we got with Freeze in the Annual, I just wish it didn't spend as much time on retelling certain scenes from that issue. That said, if you enjoyed the New 52 Mr. Freeze, definitely pick this issue up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 11, 2013

    Jason Masters art is pretty good. There are some anatomy and perspective issues in a few places, but nothing too jarring. The real disconnect is the look and feel of the art " and colors by Dave McCaig " in relation to the story. The book looks bright and almost fun, which is so off base from the dark, violent tone. Nobody is doing bad work, but it just doesn't line up. This is a comic that needed to feel cold and instead it just feels sorta blue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Sep 11, 2013

    Well we have another Villain's Month issue come and gone, and what did we take from it?  The fact that the new Mr. Freeze still sucks.  But that's just me being an obsessive fanboy who thought the way he was was fine.  For all of those out there, who wanted a new creepy Mr. Freeze I'm sure you'll like this issue a lot.  But from this reviewers standpoint I could do without it.  But I will still judge the book on its merits and not condemn something just because I'm closed minded to change.  It really was a pretty good creepy story, and if you like issues like last week's Ventriloquist issue, I'm sure you'll enjoy this as well.   Also let's face it.  It's better than what Dark Knight usually puts out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 21, 2013

    The Dark Knight #23.2 Mr Freeze is average, with no new developments. Mr. Freeze does not grow in any way or form. As the reader you do not like him more now that he is mother obsessed anti-social. The Mr Freeze of old was a tad bit more noble and motivated by his love for his wife, this one just seems too twisted and is not somebody you can sympathize with. Though the violence and sheer gore make this an interesting read, it is not one that will leave you in awe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 11, 2013

    Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti do a fine job of continuing where Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV left off with the character in Batman Annual #1, but as someone who doesn't like the New 52 origin for Victor Fries, this comic's story will only get an “It's okay.” from me but a definite thumbs up for the chilling artwork by Jason Masters and Dave McCaig. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Sep 12, 2013

    This Mr. Freeze issue feels a little bit like its throwing things at the wall, but enough of it sticks to make this an interesting issue. Villain's Month has often felt like a series of editorially mandated origin stories, but Grey and Palmiotti's offering has just enough charm and craft to feel like its own issue. It doesn't aspire to the heights of Batman 23.2, another instance of Scott Snyder beating Villain's Month to the origin story punch, but Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2: Mr. Freeze takes its position, comfortably in the middle of the Villain's Month pack. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 12, 2013

    "Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.2 looks great, but there's not enough punch to this story to make it stand out. A Mr. Freeze solo story was a difficult draw right from the start, and while Gray and Palmiotti try their best, it's not one of their more memorable moments. In the end, it's a nice try, but this is a comic that's going to easily fade into the background. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    the green death Sep 11, 2013

    A nice decent story by Palmiotti and Gray raised above the average by the surprisingly great art by Jason Masters. I've never seen Masters before but he strikes me as a really solid mid-tier artist who could likely work his way higher.

    I don't mind New Freeze at all, if you do you probably won't like this issue. Personally, I liked the fact that its very definitely the second act of the story started in the Batman Annual and I love seeing stories like these play out over the course of years done by different creative teams, its part of what really endears me to shared universes.

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