This is a surprisingly good Batman graphic novel. Initially the artwork of the main cover put me off a little bit, and so did the fact that the origin story of Two-Face has been covered quite a few times. However, this is a book that i really enjoyed. It is split in to two separate stories and they do not overlap in anyway, so don't expect a team up of Two-Face and the Scarecrow going against Batman. What it deals with is the two origin stories of the the two bad guys. As i mentioned, Two-Face has been given plenty of time elsewhere in classic Batman stories outlined in Batman: The Long Halloween, and Batman: Dark Victory. But this story sort of picks up where they left off and shows Two-Face trying to be elected as District Attorney. And it is quite an interesting choice, as we have the decidedly unhinged Two-Face and a corrupt candidate, Mort Weinstein. The story shows this, but also a lot of Harvey Dent's past before the start of the storyline that created Two-Face. There are visits to the psychiatrist to unravel the darkness he feels inside himself, and a lot of inter-play with a younger Bruce Wayne. It is very cleverly done, and quite interesting to read. In the other section of the book, the origins of the Scarecrow are dealt with. I liked this section a little bit more than the Two-Face story, mainly because Jonathan Crane's past has had less coverage than Harvey Dent's.Again, it has flashbacks into the past in as Batman tries to solve a kidnapping by the Scarecrow. I won't spoil the twists and turns in this section, but i think it is a good read, and one worth discovering on your own. It is much more in keeping with Batman's Dark Knight Detective persona, rather than the well-trained fighter side of his character. The artwork in both books is solid enough, without being amazing, and that is fine, as the stories are the main interest here. The book isn't as good as some of the best Batman stories - Long Halloween, Year One, Dark Knight Returns etc.... but it is a book worth having in your collection. At a time where everything to do with Batman is being re-issued (including some weaker, poorer stories), this is a welcome, quality edition to the Batman universe. It is definitely one for your collection, and well worth doing sooner, rather than later!
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Now I love Batman and have read lots of Bat related graphic novels but this one is awful. Well specifically, it's half awful. The Scarecrow story is alright and would get 3 stars but the Two-Face tale terrible, barely a one. Foe instance while Batman tussles with Two-Face, 4 barely armed cops take on a roomful of Gotham superpowered villains like Solomon Grundy, ClayFace, Killer Croc, Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy and Man-Bat and win! Really, spend your money on something else.