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Exclusive: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23

Batman has to fight Clayface and things are going to get real messy.

We've been seeing a bit of Clayface in the New 52 but with his origin now told, we're looking at him a little differetnly. In this week's BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, Batman and the Commissioner are going to have their hands full as Alex Maleev handles the art for Gregg Hurwitz's story. Get ready for things to get dirty.

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23

Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throughout Gotham City. But hope surfaces when the Mad Hatter emerges as an unlikely ally.

Written by: Gregg Hurwitz

Art by: Alex Maleev

Cover by: Alex Maleev

Variant Cover by: Alex Maleev

Color/B&W: Color

Page Count: 32

U.S. Price: 2.99

On Sale Date: Aug 28 2013

30 Comments
Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Hope they connect it to The Batman series

Posted by noj

Dang Alex Maleev is such an awesome Batman artist!

Posted by Mucklefluga

Loooooooooove Maleev's art.

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Edited by Trevel8182

Didn't he just fight Clayface and after that last story there is no way Basil doesn't know who Batman is.

Posted by joezack12

Comparing this series to Batman...Which one is better? I just brought Batman Vol 1 "The court of Owls".

Posted by NightFang

@trevel8182 said:

Didn't he just fight Clayface and after that last story there is no way Basil doesn't know who Batman is.

You might want to reread that issue. Clayface is really getting pushed into the limelight.

Posted by Sakurafire

Alex Maleev is the best thing that's happened to this title. I've been subscribed to it for just over a year now and this was the first issue I enjoyed. lol

Edited by JamDamage

Maleev on Batman!!!! About time. Just such a good street hero artist. loved him on DD. Loved him on Moon Knight.

Posted by THEOCITYLEGEND

The new art is fantastic.

Edited by Shallbecomeabattoo

I hope Maleev stays on a Batbook for a loooooooooooong time! He is perfect for Batman.

Now I go and reread his Daredevil.

Edited by The Stegman

Clayface looks like sh*t on the cover...literally.

Edited by Vortex13

And of course it's the girl that get's saved. All of those people are killed yet the girl is the last left alive and to only one to get saved. Great timing as usual Batman.

Edited by matchesmalone21

Didn't he just fight Clayface and after that last story there is no way Basil doesn't know who Batman is.

Batman tricked Clayface to think he's somebody else,since Clayface can now copy anyone perfectly even your DNA (but can't get the memories). They didn't fight Batman tricked agains lock him up in unbreakable cage.

Posted by Big_Nasty

Batman is Cold.

Posted by Trevel8182

@matchesmalone21: But he knew Damian was dead nobody outside the Bat family knows this.

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Posted by Trevel8182
Edited by SynCig

Alex Maleev is one of my favorite artists. I would really like to see Lemire and Maleev do an ongoing Batman series and The Dark Knight would be the perfect one for them.

Edited by Kelevra216

Wow. I love the art.

Which issue did Maleev jump on?

Posted by Life_Without_Progress
Posted by matchesmalone21

@kelevra216: If I recall correctly issue 21 @trevel8182: He propably copied Damian DNA when he isn't in Robin persona and obviously knows Damian is son of Bruce Wayne,everyone knows that.

Posted by MaccyD

Okay, the art is good, what about the writing recently?

Posted by sparty-dbq

Aren't they just recycling a scene from Dark Knight Rises here? God, I can't believe they got Alex Maleev to work on this dumpster fire of a series.

Posted by DonFelipe
@vortex13 said:

And of course it's the girl that get's saved. All of those people are killed yet the girl is the last left alive and to only one to get saved. Great timing as usual Batman.

Well it does make sense that Clayface is killing the security guys - the one with the weapons - first. The girl looks like she couldn't do any harm; not that the security guys really could but i guess it's always about the perfect timing like u said. Batman's always trying to wait for the right moment to make a move, and lets be honest we want him to save the girl and not some random security guy who couldn't even take care of himself.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Looks good, but compared to Snyder Batman? Meh.

Posted by Trevel8182

@matchesmalone21: Why would he turn into and have that grin on his face he didn't know it would deeply bother him.

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Edited by iaconpoint

Looks interesting and it's the only Batbook I don't buy. May have to check this out.

Posted by Wilbertus

I really enjoyed Snyder's run with Clayface, short as it was. Does that mean I will enjoy this to, or will I just be disappointed?