By Deejay Dayton
May 17, 2017 - 7:07
Batman 23 features a team up of Batman and Swamp Thing. Tom King and Mitch Gerards use some framing titles throughout the story, which look like they are on an old black and white film. This really effectively helps convey that this is, at its core, a horror story. True, there are some pricelessly funny moments in it. But those simply serve to make the terrifying parts more effective.
The story makes very good use of two minor Batman villains. Perhaps the most humourously entertaining part of the tale sees Batman questioning Kite Man. But as I said, this is not a funny story.
It’s a sad story. One that hit me almost as hard as it hit Batman at the conclusion.
Both the writer and the artist do a commendable job with Swamp Thing. The work done in the past by Wein and Wrightson (who lend their names to a building in this story), as well as Alan Moore and some of the other, later writers to handle the character, has rendered the swamp monster very difficult to write. It feels like pretty much everything that could be done with him has been done, which is doubtlessly been why it has proven so difficult to launch another series with him.
I can say, after having read this story, that I would absolutely love to see a new Swamp Thing series with these guys at the helm.
The tale delves into father/son relationships, and the handling of grief. As such, Batman is pretty much the perfect person to be contrasted with Swamp Thing for the outing.
I enjoyed this comic so much that I am hesitant to say too much and spoil things. There is a truly stomach churning death scene that worked perfectly. And Alfred’s actions while Swamp Thing is having tea were another one of the pleasant bright spots in the tale.
Positively top notch.
Rating: 10 /10