Comic Review: Detective Comics Annual #1 (DC Comics)

In this annual, we get a look at Clayface’s past and how he became what he is today. We are treated to an incredibly moving insight into Clayface’s origins. The […]

In this annual, we get a look at Clayface’s past and how he became what he is today.

We are treated to an incredibly moving insight into Clayface’s origins. The artwork is fantastic first off it totally sets the scene and gives the story a vintage Hollywood feel and then effortlessly updates it to modern day aesthetics! The film strip panel dividers were a brilliant touch!

Basils dad really suffered for his work but with Basils looks Hollywood seems to have been easy for him until tragedy strikes just before he makes it big, however, he is not going to let a little disfigurement come between him and his dream! You really feel for Basil and kind of understand the steps leading to him becoming Clayface, his fame was not just for him it was for his dad too like a reward for the hardship he went through so when it looks to be vanishing he does whatever it takes to save it for them!

When Batman gets involved Basil obviously just sees it as another problem stopping him from reaching his goal and blames Batman even though he tries to help him find another way to not be ‘a monster’. The thing is even in the final step towards Clayface it isn’t really Basils fault he wasn’t aiming to be a villain or to get powers he just wanted to be loved in a superficial world only the steps he had to take to get there kinda messed up his mind and he became what his father warned him about.

An absolutely brilliant story.

About Martin Cameron

A 34 year old manchild from Scotland, bravely fighting the on going war between a love of comics and space to keep them. Boxes are filling and thanks to the digital age we live in so is the harddrive! I love finding a new comic to obsess over and rediscovering old comics to immerse myself in from the very first issue. A healthy mix of the seven dwarves of geekdom all wrapped up in one kilted bundle of amusement