the_mighty_monarch's Batman #710 - Pieces, Part One: Lost review

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Between a Coin and a Hard Place

The Good: Although I'm sad to see Tony Daniel already dropping art duties, Steve Scott has a style that's not too terribly dissimilar to Daniel's.

Two-Face has gone absolutely NUTS without his coin, and it's haunting to see the results. I'm really impressed with Daniel's ability to write Two-Face in such a way, in a place we've never seen him before, but not out of character at all.
Elements of Daniel's run are weaving their way together. This has been one of his best uses of the Falcones so far.

The Bad: I'm not sure what he's trying to do with Catgirl in this issue. Something feels kind of off, and now that I see she's been in all but one arc in his run now her cameos are starting to feel kind of forced. I like her, but I'm not sure where he's going with her at this point.
The transition was seemless for me, but some people might be left wondering how Two-Face lost his coin. This particular story began in the 3-Part Two-Face Co-Feature in Streets of Gotham. I'm sure the collection will put that story in, but for regular readers this might be confusing.
Steve Scott's art looks like someone mimicking Tony Daniel's art. It has all the basic forms and stuff, but it doesn't have the soul. He doesn't capture the shadows and darkness the way Daniel does.
I'm not sure how I feel about the big revelation at the end. It's surprising as hell, sure, but it almost seems like it's done for shock value and unpredictability alone. The next 2 issues will tell for sure.

In Conclusion: 3.5/5
If you're a big Two-Face fan, get this for sure. This is some unexplored territory for this sometimes underrated, but hugely classic, Batman villain, and it's one hell of a ride. Some side plots weigh this issue down a bit, but overall it's a solid read.

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