All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
Author: Scott Snyder
Illustration: Danny Miki, John Romita, Jr., Declan Shalvey
Graphic Novel Released: 2017
Publisher: DC Comics
Free from Netgalley
*I received this volume from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*
The Dark Knight is in for one heck of a road trip, and guess who is riding shotgun? Harvey Dent/Two-Face. The innocent lives that Batman has sworn to protect are not so innocent anymore, as citizens of Gotham City seek to cash in on the reward for bringing in Two-Face, dead or alive. This great novel takes the reader on an adventure as Batman will do anything to keep Two-Face alive, risking everything (even his relationship with Alfred) mile after mile. The destination: a remote place far away from the city.
You will learn why everyone from the Gotham City Police Department, to the local citizens, to villains wants Two-Face face down in a ditch. Let’s just say that Harvey’s ugly side is getting the better of him, and he has distressing information about everyone’s skeletons in the closet.
The Pros: This comic touched on some wonderful storytelling. The flashbacks go deep into Harvey Dent’s childhood showing, what kind of father he had and where his obsession with flipping a coin comes from. It also treats the reader to a young childhood friendship between Harvey and Bruce Wayne. Despite the horrific events that the two boys experienced prior to meeting each other, the future looked bright for Harvey and Bruce. Unfortunately, their friendship takes a turn as the boys choose different paths. The inner conflict between Harvey and Two-Face was written really well. It depicts a literal battle between the two, with Bruce (Batman) pleading for the better side (face) to win.
The Cons: The artwork seemed a little sloppy compared to other Batman graphic novels. It wasn’t as sharp and clear as I prefer.
Buckle up on your trip through hell, Batman.
Jer gives it 4/5.