CREDITS: Written by Ty Templeton; art by Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty.
REVIEW: In terms of both art and story, this series feels a lot bolder than any other DCAU tie-in project to date, at least among those written by people not working on the show. There's a certain temerity to giving Two-Face an abusive father who used the famous scratched silver dollar to dispense punishment in the household, a gambling addict who led his family to ruin and Harvey Dent to turn his back on him. I'm not sure I need or even want that add-on to Two-Face's origin, but I do respect how ballsy it is. (If these details are actually from some comic or episode I don't remember, I might adjust my feelings accordingly, but it all seems like new information to me.)
Anyone who's ever had daddy issues will get some satisfaction from Two-Face engineering his father's ironic downfall, destroying the "luckiest day" this gambler thinks he's ever had, on a game show, in front of everyone, no less. Which sort of made sure Batman would be present to keep the mayhem at a minimum. The Bat Family does spend most of its time fighting goons to get to the studio, and if it weren't so stylish and gorgeous, I'd call it padding. Truth is, the energy adds to the story's tension. And while the heroes prevent the worse from happening, Two-Face wins anyway, in the best possible way.
Some light comedy with Alfred at Wayne Manor - his tastes in entertainment are particularly blue collar, aren't they? - completes this diverting package.
REREADABILITY: Medium-High - While I might question the back story plug-in, this is a great Two-Face story with brilliant art.