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Batman - The Dark Knight Vol. 4: Clay (The New 52) (Batman: The Dark Knight series) by [Hurwitz, Gregg]
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"This is your go-to book.""--Entertainment Weekly " "Detective Comics is head-spinningly spectacular from top to bottom.""--MTV Geek " "The start to something truly great."--"IGN " "A perfect transition into the medium."--"Complex Magazine"

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Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 thrillers, most recently, The Survivor (8/12). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 22 languages. He has also written comics for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin) and produced and written screenplays for film and television (ABC's "V," "Expulsion" spec script to Warner Bros, and many more). He recently announced that he will be developing his Tim Rackley books for TNT/Sony. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 66109 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (5 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M0YAA1S
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The stories running through issues #22-29 of the New 52’s Batman - The Dark Knight is collected as Batman: The Dark Knight Volume 4: Clay HC (The New 52). This appears to be the final volume of this series, and it goes out with a flourish, as not only do we get the New 52 origin of Clayface, but a new and upgraded Man-Bat as well. There are three stories collected here, a four-part Clayface story, a two-part story about illegal immigrants and slave labour – with no speech balloons of captions, just artwork, and a two-part Man-Bat story. The Penguin, as crime-czar of Gotham, is a major player in the Clayface story, and is also the man behind the baddies in the second.

These are excellent Batman and Alfred stories (have you noticed how Alfred has been moved from the background into the foreground as an equal partner in the New 52?), with very good scripting – especially so in the ‘soundless’ story, as the writer has to give the artist much more detail to work with in order to avoid the need for captions – and with well above average artwork, as Clayface really is a cartoon character, so it is hard work getting him to fit in with the Dark Knight’s darkly serious world.

The updated Clayface origin sees Basil Karlo as an actor who just isn’t good enough to get anywhere go to the Penguin looking for something to make him stand out in the crowd. The Penguin has an artefact looted from an Indian burial site that belonged to shape-shifting sect, and Karlo infects himself with it.
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The dark knight series is somewhat different to any other new 52 batman runs ( batman, detective comics and suicide squad) as the artwork and dialogue is much more complex and extremely violent. I loved the joker 🃏 in the 52 bit the mad hatter in this book makes him look like more of a prankster than a psychopath. There's a real menace and threat from this incarnation of the hatter. He's a ultra violent, irrational, drugged up maniac with an obsession to find his long lost teenage Alice. Great read, great art and easily the best mad hatter story ( and I'm including maddens from haunted knight). 👍
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The problem with this volume is the good is very good the bad is the first half of the book the Clayface stroy was boring and prediticable, the best thing about it as the are work it really suited a Clayface story. The the Voiceless 2 issue story was brilliant and really showed not just How committed Batman is to his war on crime but, how much he does care about the people he has sworn to protect. Then the 2 issue Man Bat story was also great, but it felt rushed. I would have preferred if the made this story 4 issues and left the Clayface story in 2 issues.
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The Dark Knight series has been Gregg Hurwitz’s vehicle for showcasing Batman’s rogues gallery from Scarecrow to The Mad Hatter with varying results - the Scarecrow book, Cycle of Violence, was silly but The Mad Hatter book was unexpectedly brilliant. This fourth volume focuses on Clayface aka Basil Karlo, though unfortunately it’s not very good.

If you’ve read one Clayface story, you’ve read them all. He used to be an actor, now he’s a poo monster cosplayer who shape-shifts and robs jewellery stores. Usually in these stories there’s a familiar character like Gordon or Alfred acting strangely before it’s revealed – shock poo! – it’s actually Clayface! Same story structure here.

He’s just not that great a character and his origin is even less interesting. LIke every other kid, he wanted to be thought of as cool, he wanted the ladies, and he thought acting was a shortcut to fame and fortune. None of that happens until he snorts magic clay that the Penguin got from Contrived Plot Device Land, and suddenly he’s able to look uncannily like the character he’s portraying.

Because that’s what real acting is right? Not bringing the lines to life with your delivery or presence or talent - no, real acting is wearing convincing makeup! Basil goes from being a mediocre actor to a great one just because he is able to look the part. So why do crap actors remain crap with the aid of makeup, costumes, prosthetics and even CGI? Take note, wannabe actors: get really good makeup and you will somehow become the next Daniel Day-Lewis! Clayface’s origin suuuuuucks!
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I like the "how made this storys", the style of the writer (Great) and the art are superb! I recomended!
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