Batman: Two-Face and Scarecrow: Year One by Bruce Jones, Mark Sable, Sean Gordon Murphy, Jesus Saiz, and Jimmy Palmiotti

4.5/5 Stars
Genre: Comic Book/Superhero
Release Date: March, 2009
Source: Library – Borrowed

This comic book is actually 2 separate origin stories. The first half of the comic is an origin story for Scarecrow and the second is on for Two-Face. Each story takes a closer look into the past of these famous villains. Scarecrow’s story takes us back to when he was just a young kid and the traumatizing events that lead to his life of crime. Two-Face’s story doesn’t go back quite as far, but instead focusses on the story that anyone who is a fan most-likely already knows.

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I’m really glad that I picked this book up from the Library. This was such a fun and interesting read. However, even though I haven’t read many Batman comics, I knew the gist of Two-Face’s general background.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Since Scarecrows story is first, let’s start with that one.

Scarecrow’s backstory gets a 5/5 star rating from me. I absolutely loved it. I thought the plot was wonderful and paced really well. It kept me flipping pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. Scarecrow doesn’t seem to have too much space in the great world of Batman, so it was very cool to read an origin story.

And, when it ended, I was left wanting more (because it was such a good story of course!) yet feeling oh so satisfied. The story was so interesting, and, most importantly, it made sense. It completely fit his character and gave valid reasons that lead him to his current situation.

Plus, the artwork was SO PRETTY. I loved everything about it. It was simple, but had such a wonderful mystical air about it. The artwork really contributed to the story.

Everything about the Scarecrow origin story was perfect.

The Two-Face origin story, though, was a different story (quite literally, I guess). The premise of this story seemed to be overdone and not as well executed as the previous story in this bind up. I give the Two-Face story 3.5/5 stars. Even though it doesn’t balance out perfectly with the overall rating, this second story is the reason for the docked .5 star.

I found this story to be more unoriginal and, frankly, overdone. I wanted something more from it. It seemed to be incredibly reminiscent of The Long HalloweenThat’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I wanted more from this specific comic.

It was also a bit wordy for my taste, and the action never seemed to fully take off. Overall, it was fun to read, but nothing spectacular. I also didn’t like the artwork as much. It was all right, but nothing that blew my mind. (This coming from someone who can barely draw a stick figure…sorry!) It’s not that the art was bad; I honestly didn’t mind it and applaud the effort, but it just didn’t add anything to the story for me. Still, it’s not a bad read and totally worth any fan’s time

Unfortunately, Book Depository doesn’t stock this comic, but if you find this story elsewhere, definitely pick it up–especially if you’re a Batman or DC comic fan. This was a great read!


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