Batman #23 Review

Batman #23 Review

Batman #23
DC Comics

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads

Batman #23 reunites King and Gerads for what seems to be a one-off. If this were The X-Files, we’d call it a “monster of the week” episode, and in this case, the monster is Swamp Thing. Batman and the walking quagmire team up to track the one responsible for whoever killed Swamp Thing’s father. If you’re into one-off issues, there’s enough good here to make it worth the investment of time, but for me, it was all a bit distracting given how intense the recent arcs have been.

This issue, despite touching on some heavy material, definitely keeps things light. It seems when Gerads and King get together that’s the end result, as we saw more of this tone in the recent mini-arc, Rooftops. The humor feels a bit misguided given the dead seriousness of Bane and the subsequent “Button” storylines we’ve been seeing as of late. Having said that, for a one-off, the tonal shift is much more acceptable and the comedy lands often. (Why does Batman need a car?)

Gerads’ art is the best part of this issue. His less than mainstream approach is always welcome to a mainline series like Batman, even when he again returns to the mill of featuring goofy villains. The downside to this brief experiment is how quickly it’s forced to move. Broken up into title sequences much like a silent film, the “parts” rarely felt like appropriately sized parts. With so much at stake in the true ongoing arc with Batman and The Flash, or the Bane fallout, it’s probably best we didn’t step away for more than this single issue, but if it’s going to feel so rushed you have to wonder why do it at all? This one-off may have been best served with an entirely different story. One more fitting of the 20-page limit it was granted as a filler between more major issues.

Still, the art is gorgeous, which is half the fun (and purpose) of this medium. And the ending is at least poignant enough to warrant pause and thematic reflection, which is saying a lot for a lighthearted issue heavily featuring quite a goofy duo.

Casey Walsh

At an early age I knew I loved two things more than anything else Comic Books and Video Games and no matter how hard my parents tried they couldn't keep me away from the capes and pixels. Now that I have a wife and child of my own I can't wait to share these vast worlds and experiences with them and hopefully you! With GWW I created and become editor of the comics section, which has now become the websites most popular area and features daily post with unique Comic editorials, reviews and previews. Along with Will Elizondo we started the GWW Capes Crew podcast. A weekly show dedicated to to all things Comics, Superheros and Sequential Art. After a year of creating content for GWW I was made its Editor in Chief. I love everything I do and can't think of a better way to spend my time than to spread every form of geekery to every corner of the globe. Comics will all be my passion though and were my heart lies. Twitter: @gwwcapescrew/@TheComixKid PSN ID: rosettastone24 Console of choice: PS4 or Vita Favorite Genre: Action RPG Comic Book Pull List: Guardians of the Galaxy, Superior Spider-Man, Batman, Black Science, The Star Wars and Superman Unchained, Amazing Spider-Man, Justice League. Anything by Rick Remender, Dan Slott, or Donny Cates Favorite Comics: The Dark Knight Returns, Blackest Night, Old Man Logan, BuzzKill, Infinity Gauntlet, Winter Solider, Fables Also Collects: Marvel and DC Minimates and action figures galore. Career Systems: Atari 2600, NES, Gameboy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNES, Dreamcast, PS1, Xbox, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, PS4

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