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One Bad Day: Clayface Review

Clayface: One Bad Day - Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, art by Xermanico, colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr, cover above by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair

Another hit! The One Bad Day series has been mostly a success for DC, with most of the issues being of sound quality. The Clayface issue is no exception, it is a wonderfully written story, with clever little details that really make this issue stand out from the rest. Kelly and Lanzing do an excellent job setting the stage for Clayface's finest performance. You can truly feel the desperation and anguish Clayface feels in each scene, desperately wanting to be seen and respected. His climb into the Hollywood spotlight is rife with terror, hope, and brutality. Each death is gruesome and really gives Clayface back some of the might/terror he has seemed to lose in recent years. The art by Xermanico and Fajardo Jr is disgusting, truly capturing how grotesque Clayface is, very well done. The panel of Clayface slamming the Studio Director into a wall was beautiful, eat the rich and all that. Batman obviously shows up later, and that's where the art and story really hit their climax. Clayface laments to Batlam in a wonderfully fresh monologue, and the art (especially the "Nine people" two page panel) is gorgeous, Xermanico and Fajardo really know how to draw scenes in the rain. This is a must grab/read for any Batman fan, or any comic fan in general.

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