'Faces'

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:26 pm
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Continuing Harvey Dent's 75th anniversary is Matt Wagner's 'Faces' from Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30. It's considered by a lot of people to be one of the definitive Two-Face stories. I'm personally on the fence; it's well-written and drawn but Harvey's character and overall motivations are fairly inconsistent with how he's usually depicted. The story might have been served better with a number of other Bat-villains instead. But who knows, you might think differently.  

#28...





I'm cutting out most of it for legality reasons but what you need to know is Two-Face is scheming to get his own island via extortion, manipulation and murder for reasons that will soon become clear.













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Date: 2017-08-16 11:41 pm (UTC)
thosefew: bored death (Default)
From: [personal profile] thosefew
For some reason I imagine the "man with 2 faces" voiced by Jimmy Stewart.

Date: 2017-08-17 02:23 am (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
I see what you mean by Dent's motivations being inconsistent with his usual portrayal. Elsewhere, he's never identified with the plight of people with physical dysmorphisms. And mustering sideshow folks seems more like the sort of thing the Joker would do, doesn't it?

Date: 2017-08-17 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] donnblake
I could also see certain interpretations of the Penguin trying it, but for very different reasons.

Date: 2017-08-17 06:01 pm (UTC)
zechs80: (Mayuri)
From: [personal profile] zechs80
I agree. I love the art. The story? It's alright.

Date: 2017-08-17 09:16 pm (UTC)
leoboiko: manga-style picture of a female-identified person with long hair, face not drawn, putting on a Japanese fox-spirit max (Default)
From: [personal profile] leoboiko
> Harvey's character and overall motivations are fairly inconsistent with how he's usually depicted.

Agreed, and even more: it's not true to the character's essence. Two-face was never about the deformity itself, it's in his name and his coin: he's about the duality. This story has nothing particularly dual about its themes. Take away his coin and replace his deformity with any other visible disability, and it wouldn't affect it at all. That's because it's ignoring the character's theme.

Penguin might be a better fit for a villain who's more about the deformity itself.

Date: 2017-08-17 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dcbanacek
Or Killer Croc, like in that one BTAS episode/

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