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COMIC REVIEW: ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ #23.3 Clayface

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‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ #23.3 Clayface
‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ #23.3 Clayface

‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ #23.3 Clayface

  • Cover by Guillem March
  • Written by John Layman
  • Art by Cliff Richards
  • Coloured by Matt Yackey

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BEWARE OF SPOILERS

So as if the current and still ongoing story in ‘The Dark Knight’ featuring Clayface wasn’t enough for you then here we have a further issue dedicated only to his rampaging journey through Gotham. The only difference here being that Batman is M.I.A along with the Justice League.

Honestly I’m feeling a little Clayface fatigue at the moment. I had anticipated that the last issue of this title before ‘Villains Month’ would be the last appearance of Clayface for a while how wrong I was as he returns next month to continue his story.

That aside this is actually a little more of an interesting look at him that in previous issues. Unlike some of the other villains issues there is more of a focus on the chaos in Gotham with Batman missing but there is still time to psychologically investigate his anger.

There are several flashbacks early on to his life as Basil Karlo to illustrate his previous problems with anger and how they affected his life before segueing in to the main body of the present day story.

Essentially Clayface is angry that The Secret Society have ignored him and decided not to invite him to the club and so he decides to use his anger to get their attention but with not so great results.

There’s a repetition to his life that’s well represented here and it all ties back to the lack of control that Karlo has over his feelings. Even the ending of the story which should feed back in to ‘The Dark Knight’ next month show the cycle of anger starting again.

The visuals are a little confusing, the visual style that Richards adopts for Clayface is certainly different to how he’s appeared in recent issues and it takes a little bit of getting used to. This aside the artwork is solid throughout this title from start to finish.

This issue is definitely more about what you learn through the story than what you see in the visuals.

6/10

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