Detective 23.1 – Poison Ivy
Cover: 2 – Blurry from most angles, limited use of the 3D, head looks like it’s from a different body, flowers don’t do anything, and bland coloring. Interesting crotch shading, however.
Story: 4 – Kind of a boring story with a WTF ending. Seriously, was that Gordon facing her down on the last page at the rooftop? And she swung away on a vine? What the freaking hell?
Detective 23.2 – Harley Quinn
Cover: 3 – Again, Batman looks like a batsuit stuffed with straw. The 3D sledge hammer isn’t that cool. I’m a little embarrassed by the naked. If I weren’t buying all of these, I’d likely have skipped it just because the T&A is too much and too gratuitous.
Story: 4 – Well, Matt Kindt managed to make Harley Quinn boring. That’s something. Complete set up and added almost nothing. I knew almost nothing about Harleen before this and I’m not sure I learned anything. I think it was trying to make the point that maybe, just maybe, ALL of Harley Quinn is an act. That would be a . . . shit, I don’t know. It would be something that may or not even be a change. Boring.
Detective 23.3 – Scarecrow
Cover: 3 – The mist didn’t do much, the crows didn’t do much, and Scarecrow is a dude wearing a pointy sack on his head.
Story: 2 – Boring as crap. Should have been called “Arkham War 0”. Convinced me not to read Arkham War.
Detective 23.4 – Man-Bat
Cover: 7 – The bats and running Man-Bat were kind of cool.
Story: 4 – Serum makes a person strong but crazy. Addictive. Wasn’t this the Green Goblin story (and about 8 million others)? I guess it was ok.