• Welcome new series artist Ethan Van Sciver!

• Do you dare journey into the twisted world of the Mad Hatter?

• Batman has discovered a trail of bodies but no leads as he realizes that this is unlike any Mad Hatter case he’s seen before.

Written by Gregg Hurwitz
Art & Cover by Ethan Van Sciver

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  1. I’ll see of Van Sciver can make this tolerable.

  2. I wanted to drop this after the Scarecrow arc. Great art( The Scarecrow looked freaky) but a boring story. Hopefully this will new arc will change that.

  3. Yes the last arc was pretty damn lame towards the finish…

  4. I think I just jumped back onto this book.

    The ‘piano’ scene was truly wonderful in this one.

    Van Sciver outdid himself there. OK, the Batplane being driven through the street was a great set-piece and the shot of Bats chucking all those batarangs was totally badass, but the piano scene, with its gentle, Human frailty, was the highlight of this issue.

    Art-wise, that has to be one of my favorite Batman sequences from The New 52 so far. Other highlights include:

    – The twisting-turning, drug induced labyrinth in Batman 5.
    – Leviathan’s inescapable death-trap of a base in Batman Inc 6.
    – Batman stealing Hal’s ring in Justice League 1.

    Great issue. Always liked The Hatter as a bizarre, yet genuinely threatening, villain.

    A Hatter-related side note: I don’t like it when writers make him a pedophile (or heavily imply that he is one), because

    a) I don’t like to read stories about that stuff and
    b) I don’t think that fits with his psychology.

    His mind was swallowed up in a childish fantasy world, he is more like a spoiled child with a gun (who has, amongst other things, a pet monkey and hats that make people do his bidding) than a child molester. I just don’t buy that line for the same reason that I always maintained Michael Jackson was innocent (but that’s a rant for another time).

    Still, so far the only Hatter moment in the New 52 (that I can think of) was his appearance in ‘Legends of The Dark Knight’ 2 (or was it 3?) where he was Joker’s hostage. He wasn’t even featured in the first part of Batman 1 with the other villains (as far as I can remember). This will be a nice reintroduction for the character. I’m looking forward to the rest of the story.

  5. This was just okay for me. Nothing too special. Van Sciver is a good artist but then again so was Finch. I am interested to see what Bruce’s girlfriend really knows.

  6. It was like reading Batman written by John Grisham or Dean Koontz or some other hack. Just bad.

  7. I can’t get over how awesome Ethan Van Sciver’s artwork is in this issue. His interpretation of the Mad Hatter is amazing; that wandering eye… dont you feel like reaching out into the page and setting it straight?

    Please check my mini-review here:

    Comments and feedback are always welcome!

  8. I thought this book was quite good overall. The mad hatter is really one bad ass, “Can I have my stool” then climbs up and pokes the poor guys eyes out. Oh the horror.

  9. I really enjoyed this issue too. As sad as I was to see Finch leave I really love Sciver’s work too. It seems they are trying to keep top notch artists on this book which is good.

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