Batman: Gotham Adventures #12
DC Comics (May, 1999)
“Never An Option”
WRITER: Ty Templeton
PENCILER: Rick Burchett
INKER: Terry Beatty
COLORIST: Lee Loughridge
LETTERER: Tim Harkins
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Joseph Illidge
EDITOR: Darren Vincenzo
Thanks to a gimmicked coin secretly used as part of his therapy, Two-Face has been stopping crimes more often than committing them. He’s also trying to get himself killed thanks to the third personality he developed in the DCAU, “the Judge”. When Batman finally confronts him on the coin it’s in a plane carrying drug money as part of an operation Two-Face started. In the fight the plane is damaged and with one parachute left, Two-Face still flips the coin, knowing it’s weighted and will go in Batman’s favor, giving him the out to pass the “judge’s” sentence. Batman doesn’t believe in luck and still saves his old friend.
What they got right: I see the thought here. What impact would this new persona have on a man already fighting between two. He’s building off of Two-Face’s last story in The New Batman Adventures and it works well enough.
What they got wrong: I haven’t seen the episode “Judgement Day” in years, but I’m not sure they needed to tell another story. Templeton just got lucky that he found a pretty decent one. I’m not sure Harvey’s story will ever truly end with him going sane and I’m not sure what else he can do that would be worth telling a story about. I think part of this is on the Judge concept to begin with.
Recommendation: A fairly decent epilogue to Two-Face, as the character tries to tie up his own loose ends. It may be worth it if you stumble across it but not necessarily a must-read.