March 16th, 2014

Two-Face... FOREVER!!!

REVIEW: "The Big Burn," Part 2 (2014): Erin McKillen returns to Gotham City

Note: Due to the size of this post, I shall be splitting it in two parts. Click the link at the bottom to read the rest! Needless to say, I have a lot of thoughts on this particular story. Also, I should probably slap a trigger warning on here for suicide, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm.

Now, finally, let’s take a look at the first true major Two-Face storyline in the New 52 continuity: The Big Burn, from Batman and Robin Two-Face #24-28 (2013-14). This is the third and final review in my trilogy quartet of posts examining TBB, starting with my examination of the original abandoned version of the story followed by my review of Harvey Dent's new origin. Please be sure to read both if you haven't yet, as they'll be vital to understanding this... very interesting finale.

Despite the tagline, this never actually happens in this issue

As with the last post, I should warn you that this review won’t do justice Peter Tomasi’s full story, which I’ve hacked in two pieces and Frankensteined the hell out of the first piece in order to review the new origin on its own merits rather than its place in the context of the complete work. While I stand by that decision, I nonetheless urge everyone to read The Big Burn on its own first so that you can get the full impact rather than relying on my butchered version of events. Much of The Big Burn’s full impact—when read in order—is how the backwards-running flashbacks play off the unreliable information we get from the likes of Erin McKillen.

As you’ve already seen from my review of the new origin (which is literally half the story right there), this is a rich and fascinating new take on Harvey with much for us to chew on and discuss, but nothing there compares what Tomasi has in store for us in the finale.

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This seems like as good a place as any to cut this post in half. Click here to continue to the next part!
Two-Face... FOREVER!!!

REVIEW: The Doubly-Shocking Finale of "The Big Burn" (2014)

Note: This is the second half of my latest review which I've had to split because it was too long, which I believe is a first for me. If you haven't read the first part, read it here now and follow the link at the bottom back here! And as with the last part, I'm adding a trigger warning for suicide, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm.

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If you haven’t yet, I strongly recommend picking up these issues, which you can purchase digitally at Comixology. For my part, I will continue to follow Batman and Robin to see what Tomasi has in store, and even if he never does follow up on Erin or Harvey’s stories, I’m sure whatever comes next will at least be more interesting than almost any other Batman book coming out today.

Seriously, though, he’d damn well better have a sequel planned. You can’t leave us hanging like this.