Batman: The Dark Knight, Volume 4: Clay

Batman The Dark Knight Volume Clay The origin of the classic Batman villain Clayface is revealed and a new mystery is introduced Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throug

  • Title: Batman: The Dark Knight, Volume 4: Clay
  • Author: Gregg Hurwitz Alex Maleev
  • ISBN: 9781401246204
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The origin of the classic Batman villain Clayface is revealed and a new mystery is introduced Batman and Commissioner Gordon are forced into a tight corner as Clayface embarks on a murder spree throughout Gotham City what led Clayface to become the monster that he is The answers lie here.Collecting Batman The Dark Knight 22 29

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    1. Gregg Hurwitz Alex Maleev

      AKA Gregg Andrew HurwitzGregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 19 novels, including HELLBENT 2018 His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel Wolverine, Punisher and DC Batman, Penguin Additionally, he s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios, and written, developed, and produced television for various networks Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

    189 thoughts on “Batman: The Dark Knight, Volume 4: Clay”

    1. Hulk-boy has bumped his head on this one. He told me to read it so that I would show some Batman loving.In the first part of this volume we learn the dark history of Clayface. Poor Clayface. He just got tired of everyone ignoring him. He wanted to be an actor but was that guy this wasn't handsome. Was not quirky. Just kinda bland. So when old Penguin face offers him a chance to change that fact about himself he jumps on it.Penguin gives him some weirdo clay that gets absorbed into his system and [...]


    2. My good old Pappy Jeff is always going on and on about respecting the opinions of my elders. Or maybe he's saying he's hungry, and wants some Spam? I'm not really sure. He's old, so I sort of tune him out a lotAnyway, he was rambling on (as the elderly do) about how this was pretty good.And wouldn't you know it? The old fart was right!So, Clay is a pretty obvious reference Clayface.The Batman villain with the malleable skin and lumpy appearance? You know, sort of looked like a dog turd with a mo [...]


    3. Picking out and reading any New 52 volume is now like walking in a cow pasture in the dark. It’s become all too common and unavoidable to step in a pile of cow plop/read a crappy volume. So it’s refreshing to find another writer aside from Scott Snyder who has a decent handle on Batman. Greg Hurwitz has Alex Maleev doing the artsy chores on the first story and Maleev, who teams with Brian Michael Bendis on his gritty stuff, won’t be drawing Archie comics any time soon. So far, so good.Hurw [...]


    4. The Dark Knight series has been Gregg Hurwitz’s vehicle for showcasing Batman’s rogues gallery from Scarecrow to The Mad Hatter with varying results - the Scarecrow book, Cycle of Violence, was silly but The Mad Hatter book was unexpectedly brilliant. This fourth volume focuses on Clayface aka Basil Karlo, though unfortunately it’s not very good. If you’ve read one Clayface story, you’ve read them all. He used to be an actor, now he’s a poo monster cosplayer who shape-shifts and robs [...]


    5. This book is choc-full of evil villains. (It's BATMAN! Duh)So anyhow, The Dark Knight has been one of the 4 main Batman titles, (Batman, Detective Comics, Batman and Robin) yet it's probably the least known one. It made the mistake of having Gregg Hurwitz not write the first volume, he just drew it. Once he took over, things got better. Most of the Dark Knight seems to focus on villains and their origins (Scarecrow, Mad Hatter, and this oneClayface) and that's a cool thing to do when Joker and R [...]


    6. This whole series had some good moments. Not consistent enough to be a top series but mostly well done. This final volume was one of the good ones. Interesting throughout.


    7. I like Clayface a lot but I'm so sick of Man-Bat (or Men-Bats?) This series got cancelled and I can see why. I suppose it's at least good that they finished this storyline so you're not left hanging though.


    8. 5 starsNice to see Clayface again. Also nice to know how he got his gift. Not sure how to explain it. Abraham Langstrom didn't seem like a very nice man. Poor Kirk. Hope the elder Langstrom will not become a Man-Bat again. Always nice to see the dynamic between Bruce and Alfred. Can't wait to read more Batman and Bat family comics!!!Batman and the Bat family are my favorite DC superheroes.


    9. Focusing mostly on Clayface, this volume gives us an updated origin story for the mucky monster. Also more of the Man-Bat saga that has been playing out across several Batman family titles. Not a bad collection, but certainly nothing above average.3/5


    10. Great talent on display, with some stories better than others, and much fine comics art by Maleev, Van Sciver, et. al.


    11. 3.5 STARSThis final volume in The Dark Knight series is a bit of a mixed bag. The main storyline features Clayface. I think Clayface is a cool character, but to me, he never quite fit into Batman's rogue gallery. He's more of a superpowered villain than most Batman faces such as Joker, Penguin, Riddler etc. I think Clayface would work better against more cosmic type heroes than Batman, although there have been good Batman Vs. Clayface tales over the years.In addition to the main Clayface storyli [...]


    12. A pretty well told origin story for a beloved Batman villain. In this volume of the Batman: The Dark Knight comic series we get the origin story for Basil Karlo AKA Clayface. This dark morality tale is about the human drive for attention. The artwork here is dark and has a sinister atmospheric quality. I think the writer, Mr. Hurwitz, does a good job of getting into Basil's mind as well as his perspective on the many flaws in his personality. Those who want to know more about Batman's rogues gal [...]


    13. 2.5 rounded up. This one covers the origin of Clayface but only briefly and the entire Clayface story could have used more details and more development. The Man-Bat story was decent, but keeping consistent with the previous two volumes, it would have been nice to see a thorough origin story rather than assuming readers know the history of the character. I'm sure many will disagree, but the wordless section was a nice departure. The story was ordinary at best but the plot was suitable for a novic [...]


    14. As far as Clayface stories go, this is surprisingly good. I usually do not care for anything involving that particular villain or those who take after him. The Man-Bat story was pretty lacking, though.


    15. Ďalšííí Batmaaan a je to megaaa <3Takže, čo to tu máme Čitateľa čaká naozaj, že naozaj temný rytier - Kresba je celá lietrally dark, že mi to miestami až trošku vadilo. Ale zas na atmošku je to veľmi dobré ;) :).Prvý príbeh sa sústredí hlavne na postavu Clayfacesa. Čo si budeme hovoriť, Clayface je veľmi zaujímavý egocentrický charakter, ktorý je schopný ukecať Jokera, aby mu predal nariedenú dávku svojho toxinu, aby mal večne usmievavé publiku.„že na [...]


    16. The 4-star rating is for Voiceless, a 2 part story in the middle. That story is excellent. The rest of the book gets 3 stars like much of the rest of the New 52 Dark Knight series. These books do an excellent job creating a back story for the villains that Batman is facing and weaving those backstories into the main story. The problem I have is them main stories these backstories are attached to are just not great. They are ok, over the top, not very well thought out and require Batman to do stu [...]


    17. Here are three great stories. The greatest thing about them is that they are not major game-changing events nor tales that need a whole lot of knowledge of continuity. They are simply fun dark tales pitting the Batman against his foes. It's good to see comics embracing shorter stories again. I have no problem with long sprawling epics in comics, but sometimes I just want to enjoy a couple of issues with familiar characters.


    18. Hay demasiadas historias de Batman y ésta quizá peque de prescindible. Hurwitz hace un buen laburo y se rodea de buenos dibujantes. Maleev para el primer arco de 4 números de Clayface, Van Sciver para el último de 2 números de Man—Bat y un muy buen Ponticelli en un arco mudo de dos números más. Es el final de esta colección de los New 52. Solo para completistas o si te gusta alguno de estos villanos.


    19. I actually really liked the Clayface story. Giving him depth like that made for a different kind of story. It was a nice change the of pace. The wordless holiday tale was also pretty solid. The Man-Bat finale felt pretty lame in comparison.


    20. 2 out of the 3 stories were great. I loved Clayface. He has always been one of my favorites. Voiceless was pretty awesome too. The Man-Bat story started off well, but fizzled.



    21. Pogoń za Clayface'm jest ciekawa i stawia go w głównym świetle historii. Dwa zeszyty z niemą opowieścią nieźle przerywają schemat przygód, a starcie z Man-batem seniorem to już słabizna.



    22. Batman: The Dark Knight hits its fourth volume in the New 52 reboot, focusing on the reintroduction of Clayface. The opening arc deals with Basil Karlo, a daily nobody with dreams of being noticed by anybody. After dawdling through life, he ends up meeting the Penguin and receiving the deal of a lifetime. Given a block of mystical Navajo clay, Karlo ends up bonding with the sample and attaining a vast array of shape-shifting abilities. While he initially uses his powers to attain fame and fortun [...]


    23. This was my first experience with stories of any length about Clayface and Man-Bat in the comics. I've known about them for some time, and even encountered clayface in passing, but he's better handled here--the story manages to make him a credible challenge for Batman which is saying something. the Man-Bat story was interesting as well, although shorter, and less developed than the Clayface chapters. The two silent issues didn't work for me at all. I mean, the story was clear enough, and I guess [...]


    24. This collection features a nice 4-issue re-imagining of Clayface's origin. It was especially nice considering how complicated the mantel's history is in the previous 60 years' of continuity. Maleev's art was a nice match for for the story. The wordless (but sound-effect-FULL) two-issue story was timely, considering that I read it in the Christmas season and it features suffering, Christmas sweatshops, and gloomwith the requisite ending for a yuletide yarn. The art was not my cuppa tea at all, th [...]


    25. I was honestly unimpressed with a lot of this volume, but because I am a sucker for all things Batman I did enjoy it. The Clayface origin told in this volume is not the same caliber material as the reinventions of the other villains in this series, especially the great and terrifying Mad Hatter arc, but it was enjoyable enough. What really set this volume apart for me was the holiday issue that shows Batman as guardian angel from the point of view of an indentured immigrant and her daughter. The [...]


    26. The first part of this volume is brilliant! It's a Clayface origin story and you can't help but feel the tragedy of this character. The second part "Voiceless" adds very little to either this volume, or the character of Batman. It's more just an X-Factor style sob story. As for part three, the artwork is very gripping but it does feature one of my least favourite Batman Villains - the Man-Bat. The story is also very short and feels kind of like a B-side to Clayfaces's single. My one major critic [...]


    27. I would have given this volume only three stars, but Alfred was spot on in this volume. So for his contributions, I give it a four star rating. The stories themselves were okay. I think the most interesting one was the middle one, about the human trafficking. I liked how there were no words; it let you get drawn into the artwork and what it was showing. Too often I find myself just reading the word bubbles and ignoring the artwork. I liked that the middle story moved my focus to the art and made [...]


    28. New 52 and some new origin stories is what makes this story.Interesting work in that they refine Clayface's origin story while he goes to work on Gotham. Not so much my favorite part of the story but its alright.I really did love how they worked the new Man-Bat. Awesome is the word and I enjoyed how rich the character involvement was set.Meager Clayface and a great Man-Bat make for a very good story. B.


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