Being a fifth week last week, there weren’t a whole lot of new DC books out, and for me, just the one. But fret not, it was a fantastic one. Scott Snyder and James Tynion have written here one of the best single issue, one-shot superhero stories this year. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Freeze in the new DC, but it is the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse into the history that made him the way he is. Fair warning for those of you who are just interested in the Court of Owls event, while the issue does touch on the subject, it isn’t a major factor. Instead, we get a fantastic story with multiple flashbacks, that are not hard to follow, but are tremendously fascinating to read.
What is exceptionally great about this story, is that Snyder and Tynion have completely changed Mr. Freeze, but at the same time kept him exactly the same. He has always been this mad scientist type character who’s tinkering away at his frozen wife, when he’s not wreaking havoc on poor Gotham. And in that sense, he’s the exact same character. However, that subtle change of her being frozen for years before he met her changes everything. Does it change canon? Sure. But this is post-Flashpoint, things change, move on. What it really does, is it clarifies his character. He’s no longer the romantic that will randomly kill people, he’s not the psychopath with serious issues that earns him a spot amongst the rest of Arkham’s inmates.
Jay Fabok and Peter Steigerwald make for a terrific artistic team, that any book would be lucky to have. The character drawings, backgrounds, and slight adjustments to layouts all add up to a gorgeous book. The colors help develop tension and plot progression. This group of creators has brought new life into an already invigorating character with this creative twist. 4.5/5
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