Last week, I wished for Two-Face to join the latest party in Gotham, and, boy, did I get my wish this week in the latest issue of 'Tec.
Not only did Two-Face come back, but he did so in full gangster style, Twins, rare coins, double-shots, flipping to make a decision, bimodal personality; the works. But that was just in the first page or two. After some actual forensic work by the World's Greatest Detective (with, like, bullets casings and blood analysis 'n' everything), the Two-Face story takes a great leap toward the unknown:
|Any similarity to Catholicism's dualistic dogma is entirely intentional.|
Two-Face has formed a cult based on his unique philosophy and I am THERE for it. Of all Batman's classic rogues gallery of non-powered villains, Two-Face has always been the most non-powered. Catwoman has her cat-gear, the Riddler spits out death-traps, Penguin is armed to the teeth with umbrella-weapons, and the Joker, like some kind of toon, can pull whatever Acme device out of his clown-pants the writer wants. Two-Face has always had, um... guns. Like any gangster would. So for him to WEAPONIZE his weird worldview? Aces.
Meanwhile, in Shazam, there's lots of fake-outs and deceptions revealed BUT the real thing is: Mr. Mind has released the Monster Society of Evil.
|And they CLOTHES SHOP together.|
I can't see this without imagining pounding drag-queen runway music blaring from King Kull's boomstick. That made me happy.
Elsewhere in her eponymous comic, Wonder Woman is doing that usual thing she does where she fights someone while telling them they shouldn't be fighting. She's judge-y like that. But she's fighting VALDA, the warrioress from Arak Son of Thunder.
|Luornu Durgo and Reep Daggle do this co-splay all the time.|
Why? I have no idea and I don't care. Just as happened with all the magic characters in Justice League Dark, someone realized that Wonder Woman is the perfect dumping ground, er, showcase for any old sword & sorcery characters they have lying around. That made me happy. I like when comic characters are, well, organized in a sensible way, just like they are in DCUOnline. Dynasty building!
The final issue of the H Dial maxi-series came out and it was a superb summation of the story and its lessons (as well as completely -- yet coherently -- insane).
|I think they held this 'til DiDio was gone.|
If you haven't been following this maxi-series, then pick in up in trade the second you can, because you deserve it.