Guest Reviews: Detective Comics #15 - The Dirt Nap; Love in Bloom

Detective Comics #15 Review


Detective Comics #15 Cover
How to Control Clayface Original Review by Johnkmccubbin91 at Comic Vine

This was a very poor series, but since John Layman and Jason Fabok became the writing team it has had a new lease of life put into it. They have really made this a decent Batman series again, and I can't thank them enough for that.

Plot

This issue sees Poison Ivy buried in the ground, and Clayface, her husband is out looking for her and is willing to go through Batman to find her. Also in this issue, Penguin has to leave and help Joker (see the back story of Batman #14 for what happened), Ogilvy is planning something, and Batman dons a new suit.

Review

Poison Ivy and Clayface get Hitched
This was a good issue and Layman continues making this series better, and this story is also getting more interesting with each issue. This issue however isn't as good as the previous, and although there were a lot of interesting things revealed in this issue it's been the worst in Layman's run so far, but not by much, and still very good. I've enjoyed how Layman has made me excited about this series once more as although I like some of Tony Daniel's stories, and most of his art he was killing this series. I've been enjoying seeing some detective work since Layman joined this series and I can't thank him enough for that. When the title of the books called Detective Comics it's a bit disappointing to see little detective work throughout 12 issues, and although I'd prefer no detective work rather than bad or forced detective work, I'm happy to see it in this series as other Batman series have shown hint of detective work already.

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Sympathy for Clayface? Original Review by Batwatch at Comic Vine

Detective Comics had a long less than impressive run in DCNU, but the team of Layman (writer) and Fabok (artist) have done a great job of turning the title around. Many have complained the Penguin is an overused character in the DCNU, and though I do not strictly disagree, I have been greatly enjoying this Penguin-centric story. Besides as I have said before, the true villain of the piece is Ogilvy, and the story will rise and fall on how Layman develops his character. Added to all of the story’s already full narrative, Death of the Family has come to visit Detective Comics, and it was revealed in Batman #14 that Joker has a mysterious plan for Oswald Cobblepot. Does the Clown Prince of Crime add to or take away from the story as we witness Penguin’s unfolding plight?

Plot

In this issue, Poison Ivy gets buried alive, Clayface remembers his time with Ivy then attempts to kill Batman, and Ogilvy makes his move.

Review


Penguin & Joker
It’s not every story that leaves you feeling sorry for that twisted ball of mud, but this issue certainly manages the feat. Clayface has been fooled by Ivy, and I couldn't help but feel his pain. This certainly is not the first story featuring Basil Karlo to make him a sympathetic figure, but it is nice to be reminded that though fundamentally selfish and petty, Karlo is a villain capable of emotional depth. Clayface’s ability to be a physical threat to Batman like few others, his capability for blending in to any environment at will, and his fundamental emotional complexities make him my most wanted future Batman cinematic villain, and all those qualities that make him great come shining through in this issue.

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What I Thought

Cover - 4/5
Art - 4/5
Colors/Ink/Lettering - 4/5
Layout/Flow - 3/5
Story - 3/5
Verdict - 3.4

Lets say I'm disappointed at the cover. I assumed DC was going to use the common covers for their actual Death of the Family issues, but this issue for the most part has nothing to do with the arc. The only part that involves the Joker, is his involvement with Penguin. Overall this was a pretty nice issue withstanding, and it's nice to see how the events from the last issue played out with Ivy and Clayface. If your looking at this book for the tie-in you can skip it, if you want a decent side story then I'd say pick it up.

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John McCubbin is a blogger at http://imaginationcentre.blogspot.co.uk/ and Jeremy Sims is a blogger at https://batwatch.squarespace.com/. Both are comic book reviewers at Comic Vine. The use of their reviews have been authorized by the original authors.

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