The Dark Knight #23.2 Mr Freeze follows the New 52 origin of Mr. Freeze. This issue opens with a young Victor Freeze witnessing his father walking out on his mother and him. So what happens when Mr. Freeze finds out that his deadbeat dad has another family?
What we have is a rather dark story where Freeze delves of into a soliloquy of sorts from time to time. One in which he addresses his so called “Love-Disorder” and display his level of intellect much to the surprise of his psychologist. Mr. Freeze is a cold, creepy character that is very difficult to relate to as a protagonist. What he offers us is almost a horror like tale. He is presented to have a mind akin to the likes of anti-socials like Hannibal.
Thanks to the events of Forever Evil, Mr. Freeze is able to stroll out of incarceration with ease. But not before he pays a visit to his resident psychologist. Mr Freeze is a man filled with very few desires; the destruction of Bruce Wayne, the death of Batman and a routine visit to his newly discovered relatives. Upon hearing that Batman might already be dead, Freeze is left disappointed and begins his quest to find those relatives of his.
The new rendition of this old villain no longer needs advanced weaponry in order to encase his victims in ice. He can now freeze victims by merely touching them. This makes for some rather explicitly violent deaths in this issue, really adding the some chilling horror to this rather predictable story.
Jason Masters give us some decent art, although the proportions seem to shift a from time to time. The only problem is that you have a horror like story being told using bright colouring. This really contrasts with the tone of the book. It would have been a much more impressive issue had they made use of darker backgrounds and/or black pages, much like the way Mr. Freeze was presented in the classic Batman animated series. Make no mistake about it, this villain is disturbing but he could have so much more thought provoking if the colours complimented the tone of this issue. However, the colours employed do make the issue seem cold and frozen which is a good thing.
The Dark Knight #23.2 Mr Freeze is average, with no new developments. Mr. Freeze does not grow in any way or form. As the reader you do not like him more now that he is mother obsessed anti-social. The Mr Freeze of old was a tad bit more noble and motivated by his love for his wife, this one just seems too twisted and is not somebody you can sympathize with. Though the violence and sheer gore make this an interesting read, it is not one that will leave you in awe.
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