This surprise cover is for everyone that picked up this issue but didn't read last issue.
If you need anymore of a recap on what's going on, here's Clayface to explain it in just that way that bad guys love to explain their plans because they're arrogant idiots.
Sounds like a reasonable plan. Except the part where you tell the plan to everybody. When is that ever a good part of the plan?
Luckily Batman has just the right Bio-containment Batsuit for the job! It's a good thing having more outfits means selling more action figures so that Bruce Wayne can make huge profits on every single Bat Costume he designs.
Well, I see Jim's got a bullet proof vest on but that doesn't explain how a motorcycle with the weight of super dense Bruce Wayne didn't seriously injure him. I guess he rolled with the being run over. Or something.
But then Clayface, defeated, crosses the line when he says that Bruce Wayne doesn't care for anyone.
Boy. Who knew criticizing Bruce Wayne could hit such a Batnerve. That's suspicious.
Don't forget to feed Batcow! Damian lives on in Batcow!
Oh that hand! Right in the feels.
They defeat it by Batman telling a ghost how much he cares about Superman and then not telling Superman how much he cares about Superman's friendship. Well, he kind of opens up a little bit when he thanks him and invites him on patrol with him. And the ditching Superman after the invite is his way of saying he cares!
Batman #20 Rating: No change. The general plot of Clayface stealing DNA and using it to blackmail people was a decent comic book story. But the other stuff that framed the story made it really nice, like how Clayface has lost all traces of himself and will never again be able to be who he was. And Batman's reaction to seeing Clayface wear Damian's face. And, of course, Alfred is always great. Plus the back-up story was much better than my short synopsis and cheeky snark give it credit for.