Anyone read last week's Batman: Streets of Gotham? If you didn't, who is this guy?:
C'mon, DC! Have you no shame? Putting Two-Face--a character with a wardrobe so iconic it's probably only second to the Joker--in a hoodie? What exactly are you trying to communicate to the reader with a sweatshirt? That the cost of dry cleaning really has gone up in recent months?
I guess I'm either a very visual person, or just a very superficial one, because I get hung up a lot on a character's appearance. (I call it "design" and that make me feel better about myself.) Maybe I'm wrong, but I put a lot of stock into a character's appearance, and I think a character's looks, and what a character chooses to wear (or not to wear), are a crucial point of reference to who the character is. It's a visual medium, so I guess I'm allowed to be superficially judgmental. Taking away the iconic two-tone suit is like taking away Two-Face's coin. It's a part of who he is. Just like giving Booster Gold a buzz cut was wrong. He's a dandy. He has to have ridiculously elaborate, never-out-of-place hair that takes hours to style because that's the kind of guy he is. It says something about him. Likewise, Two-Face needs to spend ridiculous amounts of time with two different colored suits, a seam ripper, and a sewing machine on a regular basis.
Sure, he can wear a hoodie if he wants to. For a scene or two. But for the whole book? Nope.
I wasn't the only one who picked up on it, because a (positive) review of the issue at Panels on Pages mentioned it, too:
Gone is the dichotomy inspired wardrobe and villain lairs and in their place we have Harvey Dent in a hooded sweatshirt hiding out in a subway car full of silent, terrorized Gothamites.They also mention the writing as "solid." I wouldn't go that far. It's not bad, but it's rather un-ambitious and shallow, just going through the motions. It's too bad the writers eschewed Dent's point-of-view and internal motivations all together and instead took on an objective third person narration. I like to see inside a villain's mind. Maybe if they had done that, I'd know why he decided to wear that silly sweatshirt.